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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/26/2015

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1858 SMALL LETTERS 1C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 39.00 45.50 68.00 155 240 270 310 390 525 715 1375 2050 4850 24000 - - - -
$ 165 - 290 340 410 580 825 1575 2600 7650 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1839
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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7/28/1999 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1192, 1192/Lot# 1021 $872.00
8/6/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore Bullet Sale #327, 327/Lot# 93 $1,121.25
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1755 $523.25
10/28/2012 PCGS AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/28/2012, 46/Lot# 80692 $17.00
4/28/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 749, 758/Lot# 802 $831.00
8/11/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131334/Lot# 20004 $293.75
3/9/2014 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131411/Lot# 20014 $90.00
7/11/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5126 $111.63


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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