Coin Specifications

Category: Flying Eagle Cents (1856-1858)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,500
Catalog: KM-85
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.67 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1856 EAGLE 1C PF obverse 1856 EAGLE 1C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

No Flying Eagle Cents were coined for general circulation in 1856, but a few hundred proofs were coined for inspection by members of Congress. It was their decision whether to discontinue the large copper cents coined since 1793 and replace them with the proposed small, copper-nickel cent. This law ultimately passed, but not in time to mass produce small cents during 1856.

Once collectors became aware of these experimental cents dated 1856, the demand for them prompted the Mint to strike additional examples over the next two-three years until such restriking became an embarrassment. It's believed that anywhere from 2,000 to 2,500 were coined in all, though no accurate records exist.

There are several varieties of 1856 cents, reinforcing the belief that these were coined on different occasions. Few collectors seek these varieties, as any 1856 Flying Eagle Cent is popular enough to be expensive.

Some researchers have argued that one or more of these varieties were coined as currency pieces (MS), but NGC's position is that all were proofs of widely varying quality.

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Last Updated: 9/9/2014

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1856 EAGLE 1C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 6250 7500 9250 11750 12850 12850 13050 13350 13500 13750 14500 15000 16350 17650 21500 32750 52500 105000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 400
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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10/8/1994 PCGS Proof 63   Heritage Auctions 1994 October Long Beach Signature Sale #124, 124/Lot# 5015 $6,380.00
5/14/2007 NGC Proof 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 141, 146/Lot# 3056 $17,077.50
12/8/2010 NGC Details Proof Details  Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2161 $11,700.00
10/13/2011 NGC Proof F 15   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3092 $7,762.50
1/15/2012 PCGS Proof VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3207, 3207/Lot# 1006 $7,600.00
2/28/2012 NGC Proof VF 20   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1366 $6,900.00
10/17/2012 NGC Proof 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3010 $16,450.00
1/26/2014 PCGS   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 916 $8,812.50
2/9/2014 PCGS Proof 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 165164 $14,960.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 EAGLE 1C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base38524141448549355417562157135803590759756074613961906257645370498139959211782123971541917480
39484255463550955485565157435837592960086095615662126322665174128623103221198713404161060
0000005743583759296008609561566212632266517412862310322119871340400
0000005773587259526041611761736234638768507775910711052121921441100
1856 EAGLE 1C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base402043194674513756215843593860306137620763096376642864976699731282701063712165141151758119848
41194437482852985695587459686065616062416331639364516564690376319059111461281515270183360
0000005968606561606241633163936451656469037631905911146128151527000
0000005999610161836275635364106474663171077950984811655134651642500
1856 EAGLE 1C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base395663874134517992233239925522622266827342778302139844920587973241033611413488488946690268
484733103114961943228824502575263726902748285933424296523963608328106952389162387897330
0000002450257526372690274828593342429652396360832810695238916238700
0000002501259826522712276329403663460855596842933211054363697592600
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Grade: PROOF Details
Points: 3070
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: PROOF AU Details
Points: 2902
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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