Indian Heads 1859-1909 Value Trends

Here are the historic value trends for individual coins of the Indian Head Cent series. Since this coin type was minted for 50 years, the Coin Value Tables for all Indian Head Cents are carried on a total of five pages, including this one. Use the links below to navigate to any date of interest.

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INDIAN HEAD CENTS
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1859 1860 1861 1862
1863 1864 CN 1864 Bronze 1864 "L"
1865 1866 1867 1868
1869-1879 1880-1891 1892-1903 1904-1909
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1859
Indian Head Cents
Mintage: 36,400,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.50 2.00 3.00 5.50 --- --- --- 11.00
1955 0.65 1.00 2.00 2.50 3.50 5.50 10.00 --- --- --- 13.50
1960 1.60 2.50 4.25 6.50 9.00 17.50 35.00 --- --- --- 80.00
1965 4.00 4.75 9.00 14.00 25.00 50.00 90.00 --- --- --- 600
1970 2.75 3.75 7.00 11.00 20.00 40.00 82.50 --- --- --- 600
1975 3.75 5.00 9.50 17.00 48.00 80.00 285 --- --- --- 750
1980 4.50 5.75 11.00 22.00 60.00 80.00 280 --- --- --- 1000
1985 2.80 4.75 7.00 19.50 57.00 80.00 265 --- --- --- 4100
1990 5.00 6.00 7.50 27.00 70.00 150 200 350 3500 --- 7800
1995 6.75 8.75 11.00 28.00 65.00 100 175 360 2000 --- 5000
2000 10.00 12.50 15.00 35.00 75.00 150 225 400 2500 --- 5000
2002 10.00 12.00 15.00 37.50 90.00 160 200 425 2700 4750 5000
2004 14.00 16.00 20.00 50.00 125 200 250 500 3500 6500 5000
2006 14.00 16.00 20.00 50.00 125 200 250 500 3500 11000 5000
2008 16.00 20.00 30.00 60.00 150 225 300 500 3500 11000 5000
2010 16.00 20.00 30.00 60.00 150 225 300 500 3500 11000 5000
2012 16.00 20.00 30.00 55.00 150 200 275 700 3500 11000 5000
2014 12.75 15.00 22.00 42.00 120 175 250 700 4000 20000 5000
2016 13.75 15.00 25.00 45.00 120 175 250 650 4000 20000 5000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 5.15 4.64 5.00 5.29 6.40 6.35 5.95 --- --- --- 9.72
1980 3.15 2.70 2.31 2.01 1.94 2.20 -0.31 --- --- --- 4.57
2000 2.01 1.15 3.24 1.58 2.98 0.97 0.66 3.08 2.98 --- 0.00
2010 -2.49 -4.68 -2.99 -4.68 -3.65 -4.10 -2.99 4.47 2.25 10.48 0.00

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1860
Indian Head Cents
Mintage: 20,566,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.50 2.00 3.00 5.00 --- --- --- 15.00
1955 0.85 1.25 2.00 2.50 3.00 5.00 9.00 --- --- --- 16.00
1960 1.50 2.50 3.75 5.00 7.25 11.00 19.00 --- --- --- 55.00
1965 3.00 4.25 7.50 12.00 20.00 33.00 70.00 --- --- --- 400
1970 2.25 3.25 6.00 9.00 15.00 27.00 60.00 --- --- --- 460
1975 3.25 4.25 7.25 12.00 22.50 40.00 80.00 --- --- --- 500
1980 3.75 5.00 8.75 14.00 27.50 50.00 100 --- --- --- 850
1985 3.50 4.75 7.00 12.00 22.00 43.00 130 --- --- --- 2150
1990 4.50 5.00 6.00 10.00 25.00 60.00 100 250 1200 --- 3000
1995 4.75 6.25 8.00 14.00 38.00 70.00 125 200 625 --- 3000
2000 6.00 7.50 9.00 14.00 43.00 75.00 125 225 800 --- 3500
2002 6.00 7.50 9.00 14.00 43.00 75.00 125 225 800 4750 3625
2004 9.00 12.00 15.00 22.50 62.50 100 150 225 1000 9000 4000
2006 9.00 12.00 15.00 22.50 62.50 100 150 225 1000 12500 4000
2008 12.50 17.50 27.50 50.00 80.00 125 175 250 1000 15000 4000
2010 12.50 17.50 27.50 50.00 80.00 125 175 250 1000 15000 4000
2012 11.50 17.50 25.50 50.00 80.00 125 175 375 1400 15000 3500
2014 7.65 14.50 20.50 40.00 61.00 110 165 350 1400 16250 3500
2016 9.55 15.50 20.50 40.00 61.00 110 165 325 1400 15250 3000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 4.57 4.70 4.68 5.10 5.31 5.61 5.44 --- --- --- 8.36
1980 2.63 3.19 2.39 2.96 2.24 2.21 1.40 --- --- --- 3.57
2000 2.95 4.64 5.28 6.78 2.21 2.42 1.75 2.32 3.56 --- -0.96
2010 -4.39 -2.00 -4.78 -3.65 -4.42 -2.11 -0.98 4.47 5.77 0.28 -4.68

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1861
Indian Head Cents
Mintage: 10,100,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.00 4.00 5.50 8.00 --- --- --- 25.00
1955 2.25 3.75 5.00 6.00 8.00 11.00 15.00 --- --- --- 27.50
1960 4.25 6.00 8.50 11.00 13.75 21.00 30.00 --- --- --- 75.00
1965 8.00 10.50 16.50 22.50 36.00 60.00 100 --- --- --- 500
1970 6.25 8.50 13.00 17.00 25.00 48.00 85.00 --- --- --- 525
1975 7.00 9.50 15.00 20.00 32.00 60.00 100 --- --- --- 550
1980 8.50 11.50 17.50 25.00 37.50 70.00 150 --- --- --- 900
1985 8.00 10.00 16.50 27.00 40.00 75.00 200 --- --- --- 2150
1990 10.00 12.50 17.50 33.00 65.00 125 200 340 1350 --- 3250
1995 12.50 15.00 22.50 35.00 67.50 135 175 275 675 --- 4300
2000 16.00 20.00 27.50 36.00 73.00 150 175 230 875 --- 4500
2002 16.00 20.00 27.00 37.50 75.00 150 175 250 900 4750 4500
2004 20.00 30.00 40.00 50.00 115 175 200 250 1500 5000 8600
2006 20.00 30.00 40.00 50.00 115 175 200 250 1500 10000 8600
2008 25.00 35.00 50.00 75.00 150 200 250 300 1500 12000 8600
2010 25.00 35.00 50.00 75.00 150 200 250 300 1500 12000 8600
2012 22.00 32.00 50.00 75.00 100 150 200 350 1300 13000 8100
2014 20.00 25.00 38.00 60.00 90.00 140 200 350 1300 13250 8100
2016 20.00 30.00 40.00 60.00 100 135 185 400 1500 13750 5075
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 4.00 4.19 4.29 4.64 5.00 4.97 4.87 --- --- --- 8.38
1980 2.41 2.70 2.32 2.46 2.76 1.84 0.58 --- --- --- 4.92
2000 1.40 2.57 2.37 3.24 1.99 -0.66 0.35 3.52 3.43 --- 0.75
2010 -3.65 -2.54 -3.65 -3.65 -6.53 -6.34 -4.89 4.91 0.00 2.29 -8.42

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1862
Indian Head Cents
Mintage: 28,075,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.30 0.35 0.45 0.75 1.00 1.10 1.25 --- --- --- 10.00
1955 0.45 0.65 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.00 --- --- --- 12.50
1960 1.00 1.50 2.25 2.75 3.50 5.00 7.00 --- --- --- 47.50
1965 2.00 3.00 5.00 7.50 12.00 16.00 30.00 --- --- --- 350
1970 1.85 2.50 4.00 5.50 9.00 13.00 26.50 --- --- --- 315
1975 3.00 4.00 5.50 8.50 14.00 19.00 65.00 --- --- --- 385
1980 3.25 4.50 6.50 10.00 17.50 23.00 100 --- --- --- 700
1985 2.40 3.00 5.75 8.50 19.00 23.00 100 --- --- --- 2150
1990 2.75 3.75 5.00 9.00 20.00 40.00 90.00 175 1100 --- 2700
1995 3.50 5.00 6.50 11.00 23.00 50.00 90.00 150 575 --- 1750
2000 5.50 6.00 7.75 12.00 22.50 55.00 100 150 750 --- 2200
2002 5.75 7.00 8.50 11.00 25.00 55.00 90.00 150 750 4750 2200
2004 9.00 10.00 13.00 20.00 35.00 62.50 100 175 1200 7000 2500
2006 9.00 10.00 13.00 20.00 35.00 62.50 100 175 1200 11500 2500
2008 12.50 13.25 15.00 20.00 35.00 62.50 100 175 1200 14500 2500
2010 12.50 13.25 15.00 20.00 35.00 62.50 100 175 1200 18750 2500
2012 12.50 13.25 15.00 20.00 35.00 63.00 100 200 1200 18750 2500
2014 10.50 12.25 18.00 22.00 45.00 63.00 110 223 1375 16500 2600
2016 8.40 11.25 15.00 25.00 45.00 63.00 110 223 1375 13000 2750
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 5.18 5.40 5.46 5.46 5.94 6.33 7.02 --- --- --- 8.88
1980 2.67 2.58 2.35 2.58 2.66 2.84 0.27 --- --- --- 3.87
2000 2.68 4.01 4.21 4.69 4.43 0.85 0.60 2.49 3.86 --- 1.40
2010 -6.41 -2.69 0.00 3.79 4.28 0.13 1.60 4.08 2.29 -5.92 1.60

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1863
Indian Head Cents
Mintage: 49,840,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.25 0.30 0.35 0.50 0.65 0.75 1.00 --- --- --- 10.00
1955 0.35 0.50 0.90 1.25 1.65 1.95 2.50 --- --- --- 15.00
1960 0.90 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.00 3.75 6.00 --- --- --- 45.00
1965 2.00 3.00 5.00 7.50 10.00 13.50 27.00 --- --- --- 300
1970 1.60 2.25 3.75 5.25 8.00 12.00 25.00 --- --- --- 300
1975 3.00 4.00 5.25 8.00 12.50 21.00 60.00 --- --- --- 375
1980 3.25 4.25 6.50 10.00 17.50 31.00 90.00 --- --- --- 700
1985 2.00 2.85 4.25 6.25 15.00 28.00 100 --- --- --- 2150
1990 2.25 2.75 4.00 8.00 17.50 40.00 80.00 175 1000 --- 2700
1995 2.75 4.00 5.25 9.00 20.00 47.50 65.00 150 600 --- 2000
2000 5.50 6.00 7.25 10.00 20.00 40.00 65.00 150 825 --- 2700
2002 5.50 7.00 8.00 10.00 24.00 45.00 60.00 150 825 4750 2700
2004 9.00 10.00 12.50 17.50 30.00 60.00 100 175 1200 7000 3500
2006 9.00 10.00 12.50 17.50 30.00 60.00 100 175 1200 11500 3500
2008 12.50 13.25 15.00 20.00 35.00 60.00 100 175 1200 15000 3500
2010 12.50 13.25 15.00 20.00 35.00 60.00 100 175 1200 15000 3500
2012 11.25 12.25 14.00 18.00 30.00 55.00 95.00 225 1200 15000 3500
2014 10.25 10.25 15.00 22.00 45.00 60.00 100 250 1375 10000 3200
2016 9.10 10.25 14.00 23.00 45.00 60.00 100 250 1375 10000 2750
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 5.60 5.50 5.75 5.97 6.63 6.86 7.23 --- --- --- 8.88
1980 2.90 2.48 2.15 2.34 2.66 1.85 0.29 --- --- --- 3.87
2000 3.20 3.40 4.20 5.34 5.20 2.57 2.73 3.24 3.24 --- 0.11
2010 -5.15 -4.19 -1.14 2.36 4.28 0.00 0.00 6.12 2.29 -6.53 -3.94

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1864 Copper-Nickel Indian Head Cents
Mintage: 13,740,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.75 1.25 1.75 2.75 3.00 3.25 3.50 --- --- --- 12.50
1955 1.25 2.00 2.75 4.00 5.00 5.75 6.50 --- --- --- 15.00
1960 2.00 3.50 5.50 6.50 8.50 10.00 13.00 --- --- --- 50.00
1965 5.25 7.25 11.50 17.00 25.00 32.00 65.00 --- --- --- 650
1970 4.25 6.00 10.00 14.00 21.00 27.50 52.50 --- --- --- 590
1975 5.00 7.00 12.00 16.50 24.00 35.00 75.00 --- --- --- 600
1980 6.00 8.25 14.00 18.00 29.00 45.00 120 --- --- --- 950
1985 6.50 7.00 12.50 18.00 32.00 45.00 130 --- --- --- 2150
1990 10.00 12.00 13.75 20.00 27.50 60.00 95.00 200 1450 --- 2750
1995 12.00 14.00 18.00 23.00 40.00 75.00 125 200 925 --- 3250
2000 15.00 20.00 22.50 27.50 45.00 72.50 125 220 1000 --- 3000
2002 15.00 20.00 21.50 26.00 45.00 75.00 140 200 1100 4750 3000
2004 20.00 25.00 35.00 50.00 75.00 100 150 225 1500 7000 3500
2006 20.00 25.00 35.00 50.00 75.00 100 150 225 1500 11500 3500
2008 20.00 35.00 40.00 75.00 125 175 225 300 1500 15000 3500
2010 20.00 35.00 40.00 75.00 125 175 225 300 1500 15000 3500
2012 20.00 35.00 40.00 80.00 125 160 225 415 1600 15000 3500
2014 19.00 30.00 38.00 80.00 120 160 225 415 1875 22750 3000
2016 20.00 30.00 38.00 75.00 120 160 225 415 2350 22750 2500
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 5.10 4.93 4.77 5.14 5.75 6.08 6.51 --- --- --- 8.36
1980 3.40 3.65 2.81 4.04 4.02 3.59 1.76 --- --- --- 2.72
2000 1.81 2.57 3.33 6.47 6.32 5.07 3.74 4.05 5.49 --- -1.13
2010 0.00 -2.54 -0.85 0.00 -0.68 -1.48 0.00 5.56 7.77 7.19 -5.45

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1864 Bronze Indian Head Cents
Mintage: 32,233,714 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 BRN MS-63 RB MS-65 RB MS-65 RED MS-67 RED PF-65 RED
1950 0.50 0.75 1.25 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 --- --- --- --- 25.00
1955 0.75 1.50 3.00 4.00 5.00 7.50 8.50 --- --- --- --- 42.50
1960 1.30 2.75 5.00 6.00 8.50 11.50 16.50 --- --- --- --- 100
1965 2.50 4.75 9.25 13.50 20.00 25.00 66.00 --- --- --- --- 700
1970 1.75 3.25 6.50 11.00 18.00 21.00 52.50 --- --- --- --- 775
1975 2.25 4.50 7.50 15.00 23.50 27.50 57.50 --- --- --- --- 775
1980 2.50 5.50 8.50 17.50 27.50 32.50 75.00 --- --- --- --- 825
1985 3.00 4.50 7.50 15.00 25.00 30.00 95.00 --- --- --- --- 2600
1990 4.00 50.00 7.50 16.00 26.00 35.00 65.00 125 825 --- --- 2000
1995 5.00 8.00 11.00 20.00 35.00 40.00 75.00 125 675 --- --- 8500
2000 6.00 7.75 11.50 25.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 125 250 850 --- 9500
2002 6.00 8.00 11.00 25.00 40.00 52.00 80.00 135 325 825 --- 9500
2004 7.25 12.50 20.00 35.00 60.00 75.00 100 200 350 1000 --- 15000
2006 7.25 12.50 20.00 35.00 60.00 75.00 100 200 350 1000 15000 15000
2008 10.00 20.00 27.50 50.00 75.00 100 125 200 350 1000 15000 15000
2010 10.00 20.00 30.00 50.00 75.00 100 125 200 350 1000 15000 15000
2012 10.00 20.00 30.00 50.00 75.00 100 125 200 500 1500 15000 12000
2014 10.00 15.00 25.00 40.00 60.00 83.00 125 200 600 1250 15750 12000
2016 10.00 15.00 25.00 40.00 60.00 83.00 125 225 600 1250 15750 12000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 BRN MS-63 RB MS-65 RB MS-65 RED MS-67 RED PF-65 RED
1950 4.64 4.64 4.64 4.64 4.64 4.70 5.00 --- --- --- --- 9.81
1980 3.93 2.83 3.04 2.32 2.19 2.64 1.43 --- --- --- --- 7.72
2000 3.24 4.21 4.97 2.98 2.57 3.22 3.24 3.74 5.62 2.44 --- 1.47
2010 0.00 -4.68 -2.99 -3.65 -3.65 -3.06 0.00 1.98 9.40 3.79 0.82 -3.65

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1864 "L" Indian Head Cents
Mintage: Inc. Above Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 BRN MS-63 RB MS-65 RB MS-65 RED MS-67 RED PF-65 RED
1950 5.00 8.50 12.50 16.00 20.00 25.00 30.00 --- --- --- --- 125
1955 7.50 12.50 17.50 22.50 30.00 42.50 47.50 --- --- --- --- 250
1960 9.50 20.00 37.50 45.00 65.00 85.00 110 --- --- --- --- 700
1965 16.00 30.00 60.00 77.50 115 160 285 --- --- --- --- 3800
1970 13.00 23.50 45.00 65.00 85.00 115 225 --- --- --- --- 3800
1975 12.00 24.00 42.50 62.50 82.50 120 245 --- --- --- --- 3800
1980 14.75 27.50 50.00 70.00 110 160 275 --- --- --- --- 8000
1985 35.00 41.00 57.00 90.00 135 200 315 --- --- --- --- 15000
1990 25.00 40.00 50.00 85.00 125 190 275 350 975 --- --- 14000
1995 30.00 40.00 65.00 100 165 200 315 425 3000 --- --- 40000
2000 35.00 60.00 90.00 115 175 225 300 425 1250 2800 --- 70000
2002 35.00 60.00 90.00 115 175 225 300 450 1250 2800 --- 75000
2004 50.00 60.00 125 175 250 300 350 575 1500 3700 --- 75000
2006 50.00 60.00 125 175 250 300 350 575 1500 3700 --- 75000
2008 60.00 75.00 150 225 325 400 450 600 1500 3700 --- 75000
2010 60.00 75.00 150 225 325 400 450 600 1500 3700 --- 150000
2012 50.00 70.00 140 200 275 325 425 600 1600 6250 --- 150000
2014 45.00 65.00 135 165 250 325 400 750 2000 6250 --- 150000
2016 45.00 70.00 140 175 250 325 390 800 2000 5925 --- 150000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 BRN MS-63 RB MS-65 RB MS-65 RED MS-67 RED PF-65 RED
1950 3.39 3.25 3.73 3.69 3.90 3.96 3.96 --- --- --- --- 11.34
1980 3.15 2.63 2.90 2.58 2.31 1.99 0.98 --- --- --- --- 8.48
2000 1.58 0.97 2.80 2.66 2.25 2.32 1.65 4.03 2.98 4.80 --- 4.88
2010 -4.68 -1.14 -1.14 -4.10 -4.28 -3.40 -2.36 4.91 4.91 8.16 --- 0.00

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1865
Indian Head Cents
Mintage: 35,429,286 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 BRN MS-63 RB MS-65 RB MS-65 RED MS-67 RED PF-65 RED
1950 0.40 0.60 0.75 1.25 1.75 2.25 3.00 --- --- --- --- 13.50
1955 0.60 0.90 1.75 2.50 3.50 5.25 6.00 --- --- --- --- 17.50
1960 1.00 1.50 3.00 4.00 5.50 8.00 12.00 --- --- --- --- 47.50
1965 2.25 3.25 5.75 9.00 16.00 21.00 45.00 --- --- --- --- 375
1970 1.75 2.75 4.75 7.50 13.75 18.00 40.00 --- --- --- --- 325
1975 2.10 3.25 6.50 12.50 20.00 27.50 50.00 --- --- --- --- 325
1980 2.75 4.00 7.50 15.00 25.00 32.50 60.00 --- --- --- --- 350
1985 2.75 3.25 6.50 18.00 25.00 45.00 75.00 --- --- --- --- 1400
1990 4.00 4.75 6.25 16.00 23.00 30.00 65.00 125 825 --- --- 1700
1995 5.25 7.00 10.00 17.50 27.50 37.50 75.00 125 650 --- --- 5500
2000 6.00 7.50 12.50 17.50 30.00 50.00 80.00 125 375 750 --- 7000
2002 6.00 7.00 12.50 17.50 30.00 50.00 80.00 125 375 750 --- 7000
2004 7.00 10.00 17.50 20.00 37.50 50.00 87.50 150 850 1600 --- 7500
2006 7.00 10.00 17.50 20.00 37.50 50.00 87.50 150 850 1600 --- 7500
2008 10.00 15.00 22.50 27.50 40.00 60.00 110 150 850 1600 --- 7500
2010 10.00 15.00 22.50 27.50 40.00 60.00 110 150 850 1600 --- 7500
2012 10.00 15.00 22.50 27.50 40.00 60.00 110 150 765 4025 --- 7500
2014 9.00 14.00 19.75 27.50 40.00 60.00 110 173 765 4025 --- 6000
2016 9.00 12.00 18.00 23.00 40.00 55.00 110 173 765 4025 --- 5000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 BRN MS-63 RB MS-65 RB MS-65 RED MS-67 RED PF-65 RED
1950 4.83 4.64 4.93 4.51 4.86 4.96 5.61 --- --- --- --- 9.68
1980 3.35 3.10 2.46 1.19 1.31 1.47 1.70 --- --- --- --- 8.21
2000 2.57 2.98 2.31 1.72 1.81 0.60 2.01 2.03 4.56 11.07 --- -0.96
2010 -1.74 -3.65 -3.65 -2.93 0.00 -1.44 0.00 2.36 -1.74 16.62 --- -3.65

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1866
Indian Head Cents
Mintage: 9,826,500 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 BRN MS-63 RB MS-65 RB MS-65 RED MS-67 RED PF-65 RED
1950 1.75 2.75 6.00 10.00 11.50 12.50 14.00 --- --- --- --- 18.00
1955 3.50 4.50 8.50 13.00 16.00 21.00 24.00 --- --- --- --- 27.50
1960 6.00 8.75 13.50 17.50 32.50 40.00 52.50 --- --- --- --- 72.50
1965 10.00 15.00 25.00 42.50 62.50 80.00 150 --- --- --- --- 350
1970 7.50 12.00 22.50 37.50 55.00 65.00 125 --- --- --- --- 325
1975 8.00 13.00 24.00 38.00 58.00 70.00 135 --- --- --- --- 325
1980 14.00 18.00 29.00 45.00 70.00 90.00 150 --- --- --- --- 350
1985 17.00 22.00 32.00 55.00 90.00 110 150 --- --- --- --- 1350
1990 20.00 22.50 35.00 53.00 85.00 125 160 225 900 --- --- 1750
1995 22.50 30.00 45.00 72.50 115 175 215 300 3750 --- --- 2750
2000 35.00 40.00 55.00 85.00 165 200 250 375 1000 5000 --- 3750
2002 35.00 40.00 55.00 85.00 165 200 250 375 1100 5000 --- 4250
2004 50.00 57.50 65.00 100 200 225 250 500 1250 9000 --- 5000
2006 50.00 57.50 65.00 100 200 225 250 500 1250 9000 --- 5000
2008 50.00 65.00 100 125 225 275 350 500 1250 9000 --- 5000
2010 50.00 65.00 100 125 225 275 350 500 1250 9000 --- 5000
2012 50.00 65.00 100 115 210 250 325 450 1450 4725 --- 5000
2014 50.00 60.00 85.00 110 195 225 275 350 1550 4725 --- 5000
2016 45.00 60.00 85.00 110 195 225 275 350 1550 4725 --- 4000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 BRN MS-63 RB MS-65 RB MS-65 RED MS-67 RED PF-65 RED
1950 5.04 4.78 4.10 3.70 4.38 4.48 4.62 --- --- --- --- 8.90
1980 3.30 3.40 3.03 2.51 2.89 2.58 1.70 --- --- --- --- 7.67
2000 1.58 2.57 2.76 1.62 1.05 0.74 0.60 -0.43 2.78 -0.35 --- 1.81
2010 -1.74 -1.33 -2.67 -2.11 -2.36 -3.29 -3.94 -5.77 3.65 -10.18 --- 0.00

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1867
Indian Head Cents
Mintage: 9,821,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 BRN MS-63 RB MS-65 RB MS-65 RED MS-67 RED PF-65 RED
1950 1.75 2.50 5.00 9.00 10.50 11.25 12.00 --- --- --- --- 16.00
1955 3.00 4.25 8.00 12.75 15.00 18.00 20.00 --- --- --- --- 25.00
1960 5.50 8.50 13.00 16.00 27.50 35.00 47.50 --- --- --- --- 70.00
1965 9.50 14.50 24.50 38.50 60.00 85.00 145 --- --- --- --- 300
1970 8.00 11.75 22.00 34.00 52.50 65.00 125 --- --- --- --- 300
1975 8.00 13.00 24.00 38.00 58.00 70.00 135 --- --- --- --- 325
1980 14.00 18.00 29.00 45.00 70.00 90.00 150 --- --- --- --- 350
1985 17.00 22.00 32.00 55.00 90.00 110 150 --- --- --- --- 1350
1990 20.00 25.00 35.00 53.00 85.00 125 160 225 875 --- --- 1350
1995 24.00 32.50 48.00 80.00 125 175 225 325 5750 --- --- 3000
2000 30.00 37.50 50.00 100 150 190 225 400 1000 7500 --- 3500
2002 35.00 45.00 60.00 100 150 175 250 400 1100 7500 --- 4750
2004 40.00 50.00 75.00 100 200 225 250 400 1250 10000 --- 4750
2006 40.00 50.00 75.00 100 200 225 250 400 1250 10000 --- 4750
2008 60.00 75.00 100 125 225 250 325 400 1250 10000 --- 4750
2010 60.00 75.00 100 125 225 250 325 400 1250 10000 --- 7500
2012 55.00 75.00 100 125 215 250 325 500 1350 6000 --- 6000
2014 50.00 70.00 91.00 110 200 215 275 425 1350 6000 --- 6000
2016 50.00 70.00 77.00 110 195 220 275 500 1450 6000 --- 5500
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 BRN MS-63 RB MS-65 RB MS-65 RED MS-67 RED PF-65 RED
1950 5.21 5.18 4.23 3.87 4.53 4.61 4.86 --- --- --- --- 9.40
1980 3.60 3.84 2.75 2.51 2.89 2.51 1.70 --- --- --- --- 8.21
2000 3.24 3.98 2.74 0.60 1.65 0.92 1.26 1.40 2.35 -1.38 --- 3.43
2010 -2.99 -1.14 -4.26 -2.11 -2.36 -2.11 -2.75 3.79 2.50 -8.16 --- -3.65

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1868
Indian Head Cents
Mintage: 10,266,500 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 BRN MS-63 RB MS-65 RB MS-65 RED MS-67 RED PF-65 RED
1950 1.60 2.25 5.00 8.00 10.00 11.00 12.00 --- --- --- --- 16.00
1955 3.00 4.25 7.50 10.00 12.00 17.00 18.50 --- --- --- --- 22.50
1960 5.50 8.50 13.00 6.00 25.00 32.50 37.50 --- --- --- --- 62.50
1965 11.00 16.00 25.50 43.00 62.50 87.50 170 --- --- --- --- 350
1970 7.50 12.00 22.50 37.50 55.00 65.00 135 --- --- --- --- 315
1975 8.00 13.00 24.00 38.00 58.00 70.00 135 --- --- --- --- 325
1980 14.00 18.00 29.00 45.00 70.00 90.00 150 --- --- --- --- 350
1985 17.00 22.00 32.00 55.00 90.00 110 150 --- --- --- --- 1350
1990 20.00 25.00 35.00 50.00 85.00 125 150 215 850 --- --- 1425
1995 22.50 30.00 45.00 70.00 115 160 200 250 2500 --- --- 2750
2000 27.50 30.00 45.00 67.50 125 175 250 350 800 2650 --- 3400
2002 27.50 30.00 45.00 67.50 125 175 250 350 850 2500 --- 3400
2004 37.50 42.50 60.00 75.00 175 200 250 425 1000 5750 --- 5750
2006 37.50 42.50 60.00 75.00 175 200 250 425 1000 5750 --- 5750
2008 42.50 50.00 75.00 125 200 275 350 450 1000 6000 --- 5750
2010 42.50 50.00 75.00 125 200 275 350 450 1000 6000 --- 5750
2012 37.75 50.00 84.00 125 200 275 350 450 1000 4500 --- 5750
2014 37.75 50.00 84.00 125 200 275 350 450 1200 5000 --- 5750
2016 37.75 50.00 79.00 115 175 225 325 450 1200 5000 --- 5750
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 BRN MS-63 RB MS-65 RB MS-65 RED MS-67 RED PF-65 RED
1950 4.91 4.81 4.27 4.12 4.43 4.68 5.13 --- --- --- --- 9.33
1980 2.79 2.88 2.82 2.64 2.58 2.58 2.17 --- --- --- --- 8.09
2000 2.00 3.24 3.58 3.39 2.13 1.58 1.65 1.58 2.57 4.05 --- 3.34
2010 -1.96 0.00 0.87 -1.38 -2.20 -3.29 -1.23 0.00 3.09 -2.99 --- 0.00

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In the 1950s, grading practices were radically different from what we have today. A coin's condition was described using simple adjectives such as "Very Good" or "Uncirculated". Accordingly, numismatic references of those times conformed to the same set of adjectives to approximate retail coin values. Varying distinctions of Uncirculated (today's equivalent of MS-60, MS-61, etc) and Proof were recognized in some advertisements and auction bills by employing modifying descriptors such as "Brilliant Uncirculated" or "Choice Proof", for example. However, with no clear point of reference or consistency on how the modifying descriptors were invoked, most publishers resorted to listing values for only one "Uncirculated" grade and one "Proof" grade.

The 70-point numeric system (G-4, VG-8, etc.) in widespread use today was popularized by the American Numismatic Association in the late 1970s, an era when coin values were escalating dramatically, most notably for high quality specimens. Vague descriptors such as "Choice" and "Brilliant" were replaced by the more precise numerically determined grades. Thus, finely differentiated grades like MS-60, MS-63, and MS-65 became commonplace, and by the late 1980s, the practice of assigning a numerical grade to indicate quality was universal (this does not imply the 70-point system eliminated grading inconsistencies, but it did help to stabilize the coin collecting hobby).

In February 1986, the ANA changed its grading interpretations to match the tightening standards demanded by the marketplace. This meant that many coins correctly graded as MS-65 in the early 1980s became MS-63 or less, so as to be consistent with the newly revised interpretation. Conversely, a coin graded after 1986 as MS-63 was about equal in quality to an MS-65 before 1986. Thus, the Mint State prices published in numismatic periodicals prior to 1986 are not directly comparable to those published later. The Coin Value Tables of this website relied heavily on periodicals from before 1986, but we did not attempt to compensate for the revised grading standards of 1986; we reported what we found. One must take this into account when studying trends for an MS-65 coin from, say, 1980 to the present. On the other hand, because of the dearth of Mint State price estimates published prior to 1986, more than 98% of the Coin Value Table data is not affected by anything mentioned in this paragraph!

Throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium, more grading subtleties were introduced within the framework of the grading system, including coloration of copper coins such as Indian Head cents. Brown (BRN) is considered "normal", while Red-Brown (RB) is more desirable. Red (RED) is the most highly prized color by discerning collectors/investors, and generally carries substantial premiums.

The Coin Value Tables trend data for Indian Head cents reflect the historic availability of numeric grades and coin coloration to describe coins. For the 1950-1985 rows, the values in the "G-4" column correspond to the "Good" listing of those years, "VG-8" corresponds to "Very Good", and so on. The "MS-60 BRN" column records the "Uncirculated" value reported during those same decades. Similarly, "PF-65 RED" corresponds to simple "Proof" figures. Starting in the 1990 row, "Uncirculated" grades are broken down into "MS-60 BRN", "MS-63 RB", and "MS-65 RB", even though most Indian Head cent listings from that year placed little emphasis on coin coloration, deferring instead to a single value for a "typical" specimen. By the year 2000, however, value trends based on coloration were readily available, thus we see yet a wider representation of data based on copper color quality beginning in the Year 2000 row.

Had a collector paid the "going price" in the early to mid-1990s for what was then a typical MS-65 Indian Head cent, one that eventually earned a RED distinction, he (or she) would have been rewarded with huge price advancements as the coloration phenomenon came into full vogue a few years later. Conversely, if another collector at the same time shelled out the same price for another typical MS-65 Indian Head cent that later had the misfortune to be classified as BRN or RB, he would still today be hoping to recover from the ensuing price collapse of non-RED specimens.

For those interested, we have a coin grading section with more details on the evolution of grading coins.



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