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: 9/21/2020

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1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.00 45.00 60.00 115 200 260 300 375 500 600 700 900 1150 1750 3950 12500 - - - -
$ - - 325 400 550 - 750 1000 1500 1900 6500 34000 - -
1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5500 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2177
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: 11/24/2020 1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base7306489586176150664294914661491952787115----2173
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--------------34------7
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Total7306489586176150664294914661491982827116----2181
 0%1%3%4%27%8%7%3%2%4%4%0%3%7%9%13%3%1%---- 
1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------4------4
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Total---------------4------4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102119163183288586663745820874990105112461393179923753642581510721115721553017602
1071331692183876116907708389121010111612951528199127974366745011004128911622018482
00000069077083891210101116129515281991279743667450110041289100
00000071779585695110301181134416632183321950909085112881421000
1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9410214716726254661170176482093399011731321170722613486559310372112031507117098
96117153198356567641722782857952105112221449189126694188718610649124921574617953
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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