Coin Specifications

Category: Flying Eagle Cents (1856-1858)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.6700g
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/10/2019

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1856 EAGLE 1C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - 7850 10000 12000 12750 13700 14250 14750 15000 15250 16250 17250 18000 23500 39000 62500 115000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 52000 67500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 498
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/19/2021 1856 EAGLE 1C PF
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Base--2163015201081718113465821343231---498
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Total--2163015201081718113465821353341---501
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 EAGLE 1C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base402043194674513756215845593960316140620963116385642965026699731282741063712757133811759820153
412044374828529856965876597060676163624363366400645365686903763390621134412965147871845021161
0000005970606761636243633664006453656869037633906211344129651478700
0000006000610461866277636064146478663371087953984912050131731619200
1856 EAGLE 1C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base25853126456549925515572057445803590959756074613961906301649570498223975612378129371548819142
276536064707516655835728576458385931600860966156622763666680744087341063012564137871670620099
0000005764583859316008609661566227636666807440873410630125641378700
0000005783587459536041611761736264643068647832924511504127511463800
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Grade: PF 62
Points: 6301
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: PF 53
Points: 5909
Owner: Scranton Gold
 
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