>>We've 7 Indian Head Pennies dated...
>>...and were wondering about the value
>>and rarity should anyone know.
The value of these coins depends heavily on their condition ("grade").
Coins magazine has a very rough guide to grading near the back of each
issue along with a price guide you can use once you determine the
grade. A better guide would be the "Red Book" ("A Guide Book of
United States Coins", by R.S. Yeoman). This should be available at
I can give you rough ideas of their possible range of values though.
None are especially rare but the 1894 is worth more than the others.
Anywhere from $3 to $300 depending on the condition, with a value of
$10 or so for "typical" nice circulated condition (a VERY subjective
term but a starting point nonetheless).
The others could be worth from $1 to $135 or so, depending on the
condition, probably a few couple dollars or so.
>>Also, these coins are dark and need to
>>be spiffed up. How does one go about
>>doing that without ruining them?
Ack!!! There is no way to "spiff them up" and remove the toning
(darkening) without ruining their value. Don't rub them, clean them,
or even touch them with tissue paper in any way. You'll be amazed at
how soft the metal actually is, and any scratches, even fine hairline
scratches, will significantly lower their value.
The color and patina they have acquired over the years is a sign that
they haven't been harshly cleaned and is quite desirable. If they are
mottled or spotted or have dark deposits on them, that can lower the
value though. I would leave them as is.