Coin Specifications

Category: Flying Eagle Cents (1856-1858)
Mint: Philadelphia
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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1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS obverse 1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It's not known whether the change in obverse lettering size was done to improve die life or simply to look better, but the Small Letters variety comprises roughly half of the 1858 cent coinage. It is easily distinguished by the fact that letters AM of AMERICA are clearly separated.

The Small Letters cents of 1858 are not notable for the sort of popular die-punching varieties seen with the Large Letters cents. As with all Flying Eagle Cents, these coins are subject to weakness at the eagle's head and tail.

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Last Updated: 7/15/2014

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1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 39.00 45.50 68.00 150 150 240 270 310 375 410 525 690 1300 1975 4850 20750 - - - -
$ 160 265 290 340 400 440 580 775 1550 2600 6000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1649
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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6/7/1999 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1172, 1172/Lot# 1008 $272.50
9/26/2005 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Online Session #385, 385/Lot# 7085 $402.50
5/27/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 792 $1,322.50
11/3/2010 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1014 $2,760.00
11/29/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7254 $528.75
2/3/2013 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 737, 746/Lot# 397 $645.00
4/14/2013 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131317/Lot# 26013 $92.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1521 $3,172.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9410214716726254661170176482093399011731321170722613486559310372112031507117098
9611715319835656764172278285795210511222144918912669418871861064912492157460
0000006417227828579521051122214491891266941887186106491249200
0000006717438018959711112127115782076307748908779109261378100
1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102119163183288586663745820874990105112461393179923753642581510721115721553017602
107133169218387611690770838912101011161295152819912797436674501100412891162200
00000069077083891210101116129515281991279743667450110041289100
00000071779585695110301181134416632183321950909085112881421000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5593
Owner: mtayl03
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 5593
Owner: Trip Lynch
 
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