Award-winning author Richard Snow examines the Flying Eagle and Indian Head cents of 1856 to 1909, exploring mintages, challenges for the collector, and interesting varieties. His date-by-date research is enhanced by historical essays as well as an engaging overview of the series by the “dean of American numismatics,” Q. David Bowers.
High-quality, full-color photographs illustrate each coin. Snow's detailed research includes yearly production notes; market values in multiple grades (including Brown, Red/Brown, and full Red Mint State); tips on collecting circulated, Mint State, and Proof coins; and more.
Other updated and returning features include a biography of designer James Longacre; an appendix on detecting counterfeit and altered coins; a history of market prices going back to 1946; and a bibliography for further researchplus sections on pattern coins and toned Proofs.
This expanded third edition includes an illustrated guide to the top 100 Flying Eagle and Indian Head cent die varieties; an illustrated study of Flying Eagle and Indian Head cent exonumia by Charmy Harker, The Penny Lady; a new grading system from Richard Snow; and fascinating mint errors!
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Table of Contents
Foreword Chris Pilliod vi
Foreword Bill Fivaz vii
Introduction Q. David Bowers
Yesterday and Today 1
History of the Flying Eagle Cent 7
History- of the Indian Head Cent 25
Aspects of Collecting 37
Grading Flying Eagle Cents 39
Grading Indian Head Cents 41
Seeking High Quality Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents 43
How to Use This Book 48
Flying Eagle Cents (1856-1858) 49
Indian Head Cents (1859-1909) 69
Appendix A Levels of Collecting and the Top 100 Die Varieties 217
Appendix B The PDS Grading System: A New Path, by Rick Snow 233
Appendix C Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cent Exonumia: A Meditaion Charmy Marker 237
Appendix D The Life of James B. Longacre 252
Appendix E Counterfeit and Altered Coins 260
Appendix F Market Price History 267
Appendix G Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cent Patterns 269
Appendix H Toned Indian Head Cent Proofs 276
Appendix I Mint Error Cents 281
Credits and Acknowledgements 289
About the Author 290