Indian Head Cents -- Collecting Advice
So just a little backstory. The wife and I had started assembling a raw Indian head penny collection years ago. Au to unc with eye appeal. Having young kids at the time didn't always allow for extra money. We sold off the partial set at some point and thought we would start again one day.
Well, now is that time. We are older and have more spare income so we have decided to pick it up again This time we are looking to assemble our set slabbed in 63/64 rb... leaning more to the red side. I started out by picking up the 1858 flying eagle in PCGS 63 then the last 3 coins are MS64. I'll have to check the dates. This weekend was the 1860. I think we had picked up an 1864 and maybe an 1874, I'll have to check.
Anyhow, just it brings up a few questions, and I'll have more along the way. I'm sure there are some experienced Indian collectors here that can chime in.
I have noticed that some of the slabs don't have a color designation at all. Is there a specific reason for this?
How is the actual color determined? For example, is there a range that it can fall under as it seems the red brown arena can be drastically different. And within that same realm, is this possible because the coin is gradually browning while in the holder?
Now, while this is meant to be something that the wife and I can enjoy doing together(since she has no desire to get involved with my sportscard collecting) has the value of these type of Indians stayed pretty level over say a 10-20 year timeframe?
I have additional questions and I'll post some pics of the Indians I have later. Just wanted to get the thread started. Be happy to hear from any other Indian head buffs and even see some pics if you have them!