Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Indian Cents

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I am trying to figure out why some of my 1860/1862/ and 1863 pennies thick and some thin?  Did they make both compositions in those years.  I thought they only made the Copper Nickel in those years.  I have roughly 450 Indian pennies and do you have a recommended book to look up varieties?

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Brad,

All small cents through 1863 are going to be copper nickel and struck on a thick planchet.  1864 was the transition year in which they made both copper nickel and bronze pieces.  As for books on varieties go, I always recommend "The Red Book" for all around knowledge.  "The Cherrypicker's Guide" would be my choice for varieties.  Volume 1 is all you would need for Indian Cents...

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I can answer most questions regarding United States coinage from colonial times to present. I am aware of current market values and can usually give a close estimate as to the value of a coin. If you could send a picture it makes it easier to place a value. I am not educated in the area of world coins or any type of currency. I am an avid researcher and would love to tackle any questions you may have for me!

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I have worked a total of 8 years as a professional coin dealer. I have attended many numismatic classes and seminars.

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