Coin Specifications

Category: Flying Eagle Cents (1856-1858)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 17,450,000
Catalog: KM-85
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.67 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 EAGLE 1C MS obverse 1857 EAGLE 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As the first issue of small cents for circulation, the 1857 Flying Eagle Cents were coined in huge numbers for the period. Examples are thus quite common in worn condition and fairly plentiful in Mint State, as well.

Most pieces are less than fully struck. Weakness most often appears on the eagle's head and tail, as these features were opposite the wreath and thus had to compete its die cavity for metal fill.

This date is notable for its many popular varieties. A small number of 1857 cents were coined with an obverse die or dies taken from the hub Type of 1856. These are recognizable by the squared inside of the O in OF and by the sharply tilted letters AM in AMERICA.

Three intriguing die-clash varieties are known in which the obverse came came into contact with dies of the quarter dollar, half dollar or double eagle. The most often seen of these is the half dollar clash.

Several doubled-die and repunched date varieties are also known for this issue. The great number of dies required to coin over 17 million pieces made such varieties nearly inevitable.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1857 EAGLE 1C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.40 38.40 42.00 60.00 138 138 206 225 263 363 413 500 600 1030 1660 3740 11510 - - - -
$ 155 230 250 290 400 450 550 660 1130 1830 4000 12400 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3072
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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4/27/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3004
4/27/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3005
4/27/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3006
4/27/2014 MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8226


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3/1/2006 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Auction #412, 412/Lot# 109 $1,150.00
5/21/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 143, 148/Lot# 2637 $1,127.00
9/9/2007 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2419, 2419/Lot# 1008 $1,036.00
7/10/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131129/Lot# 20770 $195.50
6/3/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/03/2012, 25/Lot# 54697 $32.00
9/9/2012 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/09/2012, 39/Lot# 66855 $187.00
2/22/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6526 $235.00
1/26/2014 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 917 $413.60


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 EAGLE 1C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111551712344875415976336747519301010113812711735224033405468583995901510017130
1251601923185055596096466998109561052118214251903260640495591708911426157760
000000609646699810956105211821425190326064049559170891142600
000000621660725870983109512261580207129734758571583391326300
1857 EAGLE 1C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1231711862555225816426787218029901073120613451828235234925686606899201556117635
13917620934454160165469274886410171117125215062002273242235813735211800162520
0000006546927488641017111712521506200227324223581373521180000
0000006667067759271045116112981667217731124954594086361368000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5468
Owner: Trip Lynch
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2240
Owner: mtayl03
 
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