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Indian Cents on Nickel Planchets

The Judd, Pollock and Adams and Woodin books contain many listings for Indian cents struck in either nickel or copper-nickel that are not patterns. These pieces, especially those after 1876 from business strike dies, are actually mint errors struck on either 3 cent nickel planchets or one of the following foreign planchets:

Country

Denomination

Diameter

Weight

Composition

Venezuela

1 cent

19 mm

~36.5 grains

copper, nickel, zinc

Dominican Republic

5 cent

18 mm

32.4 grains

copper 75%, nickel 25%

Colombia

5 cent

20 mm

48.8 grains

copper 75%, nickel 25%

Nicaragua

5 cent

19.8 mm

44.8 grains

copper 75%, nickel 25%

Haiti

5 cent

19.8 mm

44.8 grains

copper 75%, nickel 25%

Costa Rica

10 cent

18 mm

30.9 grains

silver 90%, copper 10%





Those struck on the smaller 3 cent nickel planchets, as on the 2 1881 illustrated pieces above, will show some of the peripheral design missing whereas those struck on one of the foreign planchets such as the 1877 below will appear full-sized.



The following table list the years where at least some or all of the known nickel / copper-nickel pieces are actually mint errors.

DatePollockJuddAdditional Comments
1865P473, P475J404, J406 Judd reports one on 3 cent planchet, probably ex Bluestone 10/37
1869P745-P746J669-J670 AW826, Taxay reports 2 pieces on 3 cent nickel planchets
1871P1177N/A Pollock lists one on 68.25 grain planchet.
1872P1321, P1323J1180, J1182 Judd reports one on 3 cent nickel planchet ex Gable, Olsen, Lohr, and another at 49 grains (Colombian 5 cent?) also ex Gable, Olsen sales
1873P1398J1257ex Gable, Olsen sales - 49 grains (Colombian 5 cent?)
1874P1491J1347Athe one listed in Pollock has not been available for study
1876P1597J1451believed to be struck on Venezuelan 1 cent planchets
1877P1648-P1649J1495-J1496Struck on Venezuelan 1 cent planchets (36.5 grain) as illustrated above and/or Dominican Republic 5 centavo planchets (32.4 grains)
1879P1776J1583 see Lohr FPL, Federal Brand 10/61, & 1/62. One is on 49 grain Colombian 5 cent planchet
1881P1868J1664 AW1657, on 3 cent nickel planchet, 2 examples are illustrated above
1884P1932J1723A Probably struck on either a Haitian 5 or Nicaraguan 5 cent planchet
1889N/AN/A See January 2005 PCGS population report, probably struck on Colombian 5 centavo planchet




Other dates not listed may also be as well. We recommend collectors examine these pieces carefully. The 2 1876 pieces, which are imaged at the top of this webpage, were struck from different obverse dies. If any of our members have additional information on these, please send to Saul Teichman at Saul.Teichman@ey.com

Photos of the 1873 J1257/P1398 courtesy of American Numismatic Rarities, the 1876 J1451/P1597 courtesy of Superior, the 1876 on 3 cent courtesy of Heritage, the 1877 J1495/P1648 courtesy of Bowers and Merena and the 2 1881s on three cent nickel planchets are courtesy of Saul Teichman and Heritage.