For a complete list, commentary and more information on these top varieties, please visit the Top Die Varieties by Date List.

A complete date set of varieties would feature a specimen from all known hub types, thus some dates have more than a single specimen. Examples are the various hub types from the Flying Eagles in 1857 and 1858, the Bold N dies of ’70 to ’72, and the Type 1 and Type 2 designs in 1886. Therefore, our list is by date and hub type.


Top Variety by Date Set

  • 1857 RPD-002 Flying Eagle Penny - Photo Courtesy of Heritage Auctions 1857 RPD-002 - Flying Eagle Penny

    1857 Obverse of 1856 RPD-001

    Attributed to: Bill Fivaz

    Cross-references
    S1
    FND-008

    Design: Obverse of 1856
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1857 MDC-002 Flying Eagle Penny - Photo Courtesy of Heritage Auctions 1857 MDC-002 Flying Eagle Cent Multi-Denominational Clash

    1857 Obverse of 1857 MDC-002

    Attributed to: Bill Fivaz

    Cross-references
    S8
    FND-002

    Design: FEC Reverse
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1858 DDO-003 1858 DDO-003

    1858 DDO-003

    Attributed to: Unknown

    Cross-references
    S2

    Design: Large Letters
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1858 DDO-005 1858 DDO-005

    1858 DDO-005

    Attributed to: Del Romines

    Cross-references
    S4

    Design: Large Letters
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1858 DDO-008, RPD-002 1858 DDO-008, RPD-002

    1858 DDO-008, RPD-002

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Attributed to: Larry Steve & Don Curry

    Cross-references
    S1

    Design: Small Letters
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1858 DDO-009

    Attributed to: Ken Hill

    Cross-references
    S6, S8

    Design: Large Letters
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1858 DDO-010

    Attributed to: Eugene Bruder

    Cross-references
    S13

    Design: Large Letters
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1858 DDO-014

    Attributed to: Don Curry

    Cross-references
    S7

    Design: Small Letters
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1858 OVD-001 1858 OVD-001

    1858 OVD-001

    Rated 4.00 out of 5
    Attributed to: Larry Steve

    Cross-references
    S1
    Breen 1931
    FND-001

    Design: Large Letters
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1859 RPD-001 - Indian Head Penny 1859 RPD-001 - Indian Head Penny

    1859 RPD-001

    Attributed to: Walter Breen

    Cross-references
    S1
    Breen 1945
    FND-001
    P1

    Design: Pointed Bust
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1860 ODD-001

    Attributed to: Robert Ballentyne

    Cross-references
    S2
    P2

    Design: Pointed Bust
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1860 RPD-001

    Attributed to: Rick Snow

    Cross-references
    S1
    P1

    Design: Pointed Bust
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation