1858 1C Small Letters MS61

CERTIFICATION#: 03357995
PCGS#: 2020

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The popularity of the 1857 Flying Eagle Cent proved conclusively the concept of the Small Cent.  After 1857, the Large Cent was discontinued and the Mint turned out Small Cents in record numbers in 1858, this time topping 24 million coins.  Three major varieties appear on 1858 Small Cents: Small Letters, Large Letters, and 1858 over 7.  On the Small Letters variety, the A and M of AMERICA are completely separated; on the Large Letters variety, the A and M are connected at their bases.

Based on the PCGS Population Report, the Large Letters variety appears to be the most common (the Small Letters has a population that is 58% lower than that of the Large Letters).  In Mint State, the most frequently-seen grade for the Small Letters variety is MS-64, followed by MS-63.  The finest examples of the Small Letters 1858 Flying Eagle Cent are nine MS-66s.

Diameter: 19.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 24,600,000 Weight: 4.70 grams Metal Content: 88% Copper, 12% Nickel
6
36
12
45+
200
50+
275
53+
310
55+
385
58+
440
1
62+
720
63+
1,290
1
64+
2,350
3
65+
7,250

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 4,500 R-4.1 3 / 5 3 / 5
60 or Better 800 R-5.4 3 / 5 3 / 5
65 or Better 90 R-8.1 3 / 5 3 / 5

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade