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Indian Head Pennies Before Abraham Lincoln's portrait was featured on American one-cent coins, the design on the coin was the Indian Head. The attractive design was created by James Longacre. Rumor has it that Longacre used his daughter's likeness for the face. They were minted in the millions from 1859 to 1909. Because so many were put into circulation, they are still relatively cheap to acquire from coin dealers.
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Added: 22nd November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Sophia on 2007-11-22 
I wonder why no one has ever been able to get the US Mint to authenticate this information about him using his daughter as the model?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-22 
From what I've read there is no specific record of it being noted in the Mint's archives. It was just a tale that circulated at the same time the pennies did. (I love puns.)
Posted by: Old Fart on 2007-11-23 
Would that make it a Native American Head Penny now a days?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-23 
You know, I was wondering the same thing. As long as coin guides and numismatists call them Indian Head pennies, so will I.
Posted by: Old Fart on 2007-11-23 
Since it cost more to make a penny than its worth, and the penny is for the most part worthless, do you think it will be taken out of circulation anytime soon?

It would be easier to round up to the nearest nickel or dime
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-23 
Pennies are doomed. Some countries already do what you suggest--round the cost of a purchase to the nearest five. Britain used to half half pennies. They became useless with inflation and were eventually dropped. (Now if you Americans would only follow the rest of the world's lead and replace your dollar bills with dollar coins, that would really be something! Canada last printed dollar bills in 1986. The smallest English bank note is five pounds--about $10.)
Posted by: Old Fart on 2007-11-23 
For some reason we Americans like the paper dollar bill which I agree doesn't makes sense. Give us time, we buy soda by the liter, which we can hold the bottle in our hand, but gasoline which we do not touch by the gallon. Go figure!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-23 
The average paper dollar stays in circulation for 14 months. Coins stay in circulation on average for 14 years. Canadians freaked out when the dollar bill stopped being made in 1986. But we got used to the dollar coin very quickly, because we had no choice. Some day the U.S. Treasury Department will figure this out.
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