Coin Specifications

Category: Flying Eagle Cents (1856-1858)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-85
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.67g
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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1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.00 42.00 55.00 80.00 180 275 315 360 420 450 565 710 1250 1975 4950 24750 - - - -
$ - - 325 375 435 - 600 800 1400 2500 7250 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1885
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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6/7/1999 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1172, 1172/Lot# 1008 $272.50
1/9/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 261 $1,495.00
8/14/2011 NGC Details F Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/14/2011, 131/Lot# 14797 $33.99
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 667 $2,012.50
12/30/2012 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 732, 741/Lot# 779 $100.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1522 $881.25
2/27/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 3714 $8,812.50
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3471 $199.75
8/8/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21091 $129.25
10/29/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1225/Lot# 3773 $1,350.08


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9410214716726254661170176482093399011731321170722613486559310372112031507117098
9611715319835656764172278285795210511222144918912669418871861064912492157460
0000006417227828579521051122214491891266941887186106491249200
0000006717438018959711112127115782076307748908779109261378100
1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base811021471672554715976746868209089901103134516972240329852919348126792113435354
8811715419632751362367873184993510281184146218782593396266431045815497258740
0000006236787318499351028118414621878259339626643104581549700
0000006486827758799631065126415802059294546277996115691831600
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5593
Owner: mtayl03
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 5593
Owner: Trip Lynch
 
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