The die varieties here represent the best of each type. Browse the main menu to see a list of variety types, explanations, and examples. Composing a ‘top’ or ‘best of’ list is always a subjective process and subject to criticism. However, choosing the most desirable specimen for each die variety by type is pretty straight forward. It will also give us a foundation on which to build other ‘top sets’, like a list of Top Varieties by Date.

Please visit the Top Varieties by Date page to learn more about how top varieties are selected.


  • 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 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

  • 1864 Reverse of No-L BR CRK-003 1864 No-L BR CRK-003

    1864 No-L CRK-003

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Attributed to: Russell Doughty

    Cross-references
    S10c
    P13

    Design: No-L
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1865 DDR-001 1865 DDR-001

    1865 Fancy 5 DDR-001

    Attributed to: JT Stanton

    Cross-references
    S2a, S2b
    FND-001
    P3

    Design: Fancy 5
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1870 DDO-001, MPD-001, RPD-002 1870 DDO-001, MPD-001, RPD-002

    1870 DDO-001, MPD-001, RPD-002

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Attributed to: Jack Beymer & Vicken Yegparian

    Cross-references
    S5
    FND-001

    Design: Type 2 Hub
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1873 Close 3 DDO-001 1873 Close 3 DDO-001

    1873 Close 3 DDO-001

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Attributed to: Walter Breen & Otto Steinberger

    Cross-references
    S1
    Breen 1986
    FND-001

    Design: Close 3
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1880 OCC-001 Off-Center Clash Indian Head Cent 1880 OCC-001 Off-Center Clash Indian Head Cent

    1880 OCC-001

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Attributed to: Bill Fivaz

    Cross-references
    S1

    Design: Bold N Reverse
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1882 MPD-003 - Indian Head Penny 1882 MPD-003 - Indian Head Penny

    1882 MPD-003

    Rated 4.00 out of 5
    Attributed to: William Walter, J. Ricks & Vic Bosarth

    Cross-references
    S6
    FND-005

    Design: Type 1 Hub
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1888 OVD-001 1888 OVD-001

    1888 OVD-001

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Attributed to: James F. Ruddy

    Cross-references
    S1
    Breen 2012
    FND-001

    Design: Type 2 Hub
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1894 RPD-001 1894 RPD-001

    1894 RPD-001

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Attributed to: Walter Breen

    Cross-references
    S1
    Breen 2025
    FND-001

    Design: Type 2 Hub
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1897 MPD-001 1897 MPD-001

    1897 MPD-001

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Attributed to: Jack Beymer

    Cross-references
    S1
    Breen 2030
    FND-001

    Design: Type 2 Hub
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1901 RST-001 - Indian Head Penny - Photo by ANA Summer Seminar 2016 1901 RST-001 - Indian Head Penny - Photo by ANA Summer Seminar 2016

    1901 RST-001

    Attributed to: Rick Snow

    Cross-references
    S23

    Design: Type 2 Hub
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation