1891 Indian 1C Struck 10% Off-Center NGC G6 BN. Here is an 1891 off-centered Indian Cent. The coin shows Liberty’s head well outlined with all the feathers present. While the headband is worn smooth, the date and the legends, except for the obverse top where the letters run off the coin, are readable. The surfaces, which show no porosity, are clean for the grade with no individual abrasion marks worthy of description or other distractions. The largely brown toning is uniform on both sides. The colors show the coin’s originality.
An off-center coin is made by a striking error. During the striking process, the planchet fails to seat properly in the collar and is not correctly aligned between the dies. Off-center coins are described by the percentage of the design that is missing and the direction according to its clock position. For example a coin might be 50% off-center at 3:00. In the case of a Lincoln cent, such an error coin would be missing the date and the word TRUST.
James B. Longacre designed the Indian Cent. The obverse shows Liberty facing left in profile wearing a LIBERTY inscribed headdress. Her hair is combed back and over her ear and flows down beneath the truncation. A band with four diamonds is attached to the back of the headdress and comes over her hair past the truncation. She is surrounded with the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with the date below. The reverse shows the denomination written as ONE CENT surrounded by an oak wreath with a Union shield at the top and a ribbon holding the parts of the wreath and three arrows together below. Dentils are around the periphery of both sides of the coin, and the edge is plain.
The grading services do not indicate error coins in their population reports; however, off-centered Indian Cents are not particularly common.
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