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 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: 6/14/2019

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1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.00 45.00 60.00 115 190 260 300 375 470 555 630 940 1350 1880 4250 20500 - - - -
$ - - 325 400 480 - 675 1000 1450 2000 7000 36000 - -
1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5500 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2071
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
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: 6/19/2019 1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base6285885553167134623583884641421922807214----2067
-----------------1----1
--------------34------7
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Total6285885553167134623583884641421952847215----2075
 0 %1 %3 %4 %27 %8 %6 %3 %2 %4 %4 %0 %3 %7 %9 %14 %3 %1 %---- 
1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------4------4
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Total---------------4------4
 ---------------100 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/2/1998 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1111, 1111/Lot# 1058 $98.10
2/13/2007 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27023, 27023/Lot# 13026 $1,121.25
2/25/2010 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 457, 463/Lot# 7786 $2,645.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 667 $2,012.50
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1371 $1,092.50
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3015 $5,728.13
1/6/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131303/Lot# 28901 $117.50
5/11/2014 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 192745 $30.33
4/22/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1219/Lot# 3157 $2,943.38
4/17/2016 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131617/Lot# 27453 $74.00


NGC Registry

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