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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/26/2015

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1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 39.00 45.50 68.00 155 240 270 310 390 525 715 1375 2050 4850 24000 - - - -
$ 165 - 290 340 410 580 825 1575 2600 7650 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1798
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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12/2/1998 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1111, 1111/Lot# 1058 $98.10
4/27/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 9366 $359.95
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 667 $2,012.50
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
4/6/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 798, 807/Lot# 982 $180.00
4/20/2014 NGC VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 145833 $44.00
6/16/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20028 $293.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9410214716726254661170176482093399011731321170722613486559310372112031507117098
9611715319835656764172278285795210511222144918912669418871861064912492157460
0000006417227828579521051122214491891266941887186106491249200
0000006717438018959711112127115782076307748908779109261378100
1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base811021471672554715976746868209089901103134516972240329852919348126792113435354
8811715419632751362367873184993510281184146218782593396266431045815497258740
0000006236787318499351028118414621878259339626643104581549700
0000006486827758799631065126415802059294546277996115691831600
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5593
Owner: mtayl03
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 5593
Owner: Trip Lynch
 
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