Owner's Comments


Expert Comments

David Hall

The 1859 is the first year of issue for the very important Indian Head cent series. Because a shield was added to the reverse in1860, the 1859 is also a one-year-only type coin. I have always felt this issue doesn't get the respect it deserves. Gems are definitely rare. In 1973, I had a customer tell me to buy him every Gem Flying Eagle cent and 1859 Indian cent I could find. In a year, I was able to find 35 Gem Flying Eagles, but only 8 Gem 1859 Indian cents.

Most 1859 Indians are relatively well struck. Luster and color are typical for the 1859-1864 Copper-nickel composition Indian Head cents. There are many examples with subdued luster you could call mediocre. I have seen very few examples with what we would all call "blazing" luster, certainly less than I have seen of some of the other Copper-nickel dates.

Jaime Hernandez

This is a one year Type and also the first regular issue Indian Head and Wreath design. The fact that this was a first year design and it having a large mintage, many examples were saved and examples of this issue in circulated grades are easily obtainable.

19.00 millimeters
James Barton Longacre
4.70 grams
Metal Content
88% Copper, 12% Nickel
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 6000 R-3.8 1 / 1 3 / 7 TIE
All Grades 2500 R-4.5 1 / 1 5 / 7
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 1 / 1 3 / 7

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  PCGS #2052 (MS)     66+

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #2052 (MS)     66