1879 Indian head penny?
Assuming the coin is circulated, the 1879 Indian Head cent is a better date coin. For an accurate assessment of value the coin needs to be seen and graded. Most show heavy wear. In general retail values for low grade coins are $7.00-$20.00, better grade are $25.00-$60.00 and coins showing almost no wear run from $70.00-$85.00. Values are a market average and only for coins in collectible condition, coins that are bent, corroded, scratched, used as jewelery or have been cleaned have far less value if any to a collector or dealer.
Numismedia lists the following approximate retail values as of 03/2010: Very worn condition - $6 Moderately worn - $15 Slightly worn - $29 Almost no wear - $73 Uncirculated - $85 to $1,140 depending on quality 1879 Indian Head pennies, depending on condition of the coin, is worth anywhere from $4.00 up to $60.00.