Description and Analysis
Flying Eagle Cents
1857 EAGLE 1C PF
Description & Analysis
No record exists of how many proof 1857 Flying Eagle Cents were coined, but the number clearly was small. The figure of 100 included here is merely an estimate and is likely on the high side. This is the second rarest proof issue in the entire small cent series, only the 1864 L variety being more rare.
For the fortunate few who are able to obtain an example, the typical 1857 proof is quite well made and displays very brilliant fields. Unlike currency pieces of this date, the strike is absolutely complete. All proofs are of the Type of 1857, while currency pieces are rarely found with the transitional Type of 1856 obverse.