United States Copper Nickel Indian Cent From 1863 - Choose Good To Very Good, Fine, Very Fine, Extremely Fine, and About Uncirculated Condition - The First Nickel Was A Penny!
These Indians circulated heavily during the Civil War and at the time were often called "nickels" or "nics" because their nickel composition gave them a much different color than the earlier dated large copper pennies that still circulated.
When the Indian Cent went into production in 1859 they were struck in a copper nickel composition, this continued for six years, until when later in 1864 a bronze composition was adopted. Cents were struck in that same basic mixture for the next 100+ years.
Specifications: Designer, James B. Longacre - Weight, 4.67 grams - Diameter, 19 mm - Composition, 88% Copper, 12% Nickel - Edge, Plain