Coin Specifications

Category: Flying Eagle Cents (1856-1858)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 17,450,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.6700g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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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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Last Updated: 9/21/2020

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1857 EAGLE 1C MS
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1857 EAGLE 1C MS PL
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4577
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1857 EAGLE 1C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2482110155731259205112891662581315140160795723615----4571
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-------------34102-----19
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Total2482110155731259205112891662581315140461196723915----4591
 1%2%2%3%16%6%4%2%2%4%6%0%3%9%13%21%5%0%---- 
1857 EAGLE 1C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------24------6
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Total--------------24------6
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 EAGLE 1C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1231711862555225816426787218029901073120613453447381744995021606899201556117635
139176209344542601654692748865101811171252204635704044467353707352118001625218517
0000006546927488651018111712522046357040444673537073521180000
0000006667077759271045116212992746369442724847571986361368100
1857 EAGLE 1C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8112316320136656360967478389110281103123913931886216934765377583995901510017130
95136176256432578631710819937105311481290155719802605411055317089114271577717987
0000006317108199371053114812901557198026054110553170891142700
0000006527478559821078119413421722207530404743568583401326300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5377
Owner: Trip Lynch
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2588
Owner: Doc Rhino
 
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