During the 1880s, America was a juggernaut of growth and progress. By the decade's close, the U.S. population had grown an additional 25% to over 60 million people. However, just 48.8 million Indian Head cents were issued in 1889 — since there were comparatively few to go around, many were heavily worn in circulation at a time when the humble cent was the workhorse of coins. Today, relatively few of these historic treasures survive in collectible condition. Our Good quality retains basic designs and clear dates and inscriptions.