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1863 Indian Princess One-cent coin

Creator:
United States Mint
Location:
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Origin Date:
1863
Materials:
metal
Measurements:
overall: 3/4 in diameter
Item ID:
71.2009.082.0853
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Three-dimensional Objects

Description

This 19 mm Indian head penny was made of a special copper-nickel alloy that was only used during the Civil War and which makes Civil War-era Indian Heads heavier than other editions of the one-cent coins. The obverse features the center image of Liberty wearing an Indian headdress surrounded with the inscription "United States of America." The date 1863 is inscribed below the image. The reverse features the words "One Cent" inscribed within an oak-leaf open wreath. A small United States Shield is in the opening at the top of the wreath. This coin is one of sixteen different coins that were minted and placed into circulation during the administration of President Abraham Lincoln. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum