Coin Specifications

Category: Flying Eagle Cents (1856-1858)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,500
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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1856 EAGLE 1C PF obverse 1856 EAGLE 1C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

No Flying Eagle Cents were coined for general circulation in 1856, but a few hundred proofs were coined for inspection by members of Congress. It was their decision whether to discontinue the large copper cents coined since 1793 and replace them with the proposed small, copper-nickel cent. This law ultimately passed, but not in time to mass produce small cents during 1856.

Once collectors became aware of these experimental cents dated 1856, the demand for them prompted the Mint to strike additional examples over the next two-three years until such restriking became an embarrassment. It's believed that anywhere from 2,000 to 2,500 were coined in all, though no accurate records exist.

There are several varieties of 1856 cents, reinforcing the belief that these were coined on different occasions. Few collectors seek these varieties, as any 1856 Flying Eagle Cent is popular enough to be expensive.

Some researchers have argued that one or more of these varieties were coined as currency pieces (MS), but NGC's position is that all were proofs of widely varying quality.

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1856 EAGLE 1C PF
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 418
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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2/7/1996 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 0813, 813/Lot# 108 $6,996.00
7/25/2005 NGC PF 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #47, 52/Lot# 11 $16,939.50
9/10/2006 PCGS PF 62   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1026 $17,250.00
12/8/2010 NGC Details Proof Details  Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2161 $11,700.00
2/28/2012 PCGS PF VF 25   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1365 $8,913.65
6/17/2012 PCGS PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/17/2012, 27/Lot# 55090 $13,594.90
9/6/2012 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3437 $17,801.25
8/8/2013 NGC PF VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3080 $8,812.50
1/26/2014 PCGS Genuine Proof AU   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 916 $8,812.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 EAGLE 1C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base25853126456549925515572057445803590959756074613961906301649570498223975612378129371548819142
27653606470751665583572857645838593160086096615662276366668074408734106301256413787167060
0000005764583859316008609661566227636666807440873410630125641378700
0000005783587459536041611761736264643068647832924511504127511463800
1856 EAGLE 1C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base402043194674513756215845593960316140620963116385642965026699731282741063712757133811759820153
41204437482852985696587659706067616362436336640064536568690376339062113441296514787184500
0000005970606761636243633664006453656869037633906211344129651478700
0000006000610461866277636064146478663371087953984912050131731619200
1856 EAGLE 1C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base395663874134517992233239925522622266827342778302139844920587973241033611413488488946690268
484733103114961943228824502575263726902748285933424296523963608328106952389162387897330
0000002450257526372690274828593342429652396360832810695238916238700
0000002501259826522712276329403663460855596842933211054363697592600
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Grade: PROOF Details
Points: 3070
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: PROOF AU Details
Points: 2902
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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