Coin Specifications

Category: Flying Eagle Cents (1856-1858)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 24,600,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.6700g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1858 LARGE LETTERS 1C MS obverse 1858 LARGE LETTERS 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The first emission of cents for 1858 featured obverse dies taken from the hub Type of 1857 having Large Letters. This variety is easily recognized by the fact that letters AM of AMERICA touch at their bases.

There is not much distinction in availability between this variety and that having Small Letters. Values and populations are fairly similar, and both varieties are readily obtainable.

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Last Updated: 4/7/2016

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1858 LARGE LETTERS 1C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 29.50 41.00 52.00 75.00 170 255 290 335 400 430 545 700 1125 1850 4600 14250 59000 - - -
$ - - 300 350 410 - 590 775 1250 2150 6750 27000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1913
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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8/6/2006 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2241, 2241/Lot# 1011 $112.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 923 $5,462.50
11/23/2009 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 430, 436/Lot# 1116 $4,387.25
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1189/Lot# 3006 $1,527.50
12/5/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7072 $329.00
5/25/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22013 $105.75
10/12/2014 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 226352 $150.00
7/7/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(5), 1237/Lot# 7048 $1,116.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 LARGE 1C MS LETTERS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115135171183272597642106682087497710661206142117992352344856339671104601556517640
121147175212380612783106683890810061112127715471983271741766979993412161162560
00000078310668389081006111212771547198327174176697999341216100
000000924106685694210361159134916732167308249048325101971386300
1858 LARGE 1C MS LETTERS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10212315517125555159767476482091810101138134516972240329854179348101171510517135
1091331601993535666227047828529481052120714621878259240046727960411779157810
000000622704782852948105212071462187825924004672796041177900
000000648734801885979109512761579205929454710803798601344200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5417
Owner: Trip Lynch
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2240
Owner: mania
 
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