1857 1C Flying Eagle (Regular Strike)

Series: Flying Eagle Cents 1856-1858

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
2016
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Weight:
4.70 grams
Mintage:
17,450,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
88% Copper, 12% Nickel
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 12,000 R-2.9 5 / 5 5 / 5
60 or Better 4,000 R-4.2 5 / 5 5 / 5
65 or Better 300 R-6.4 5 / 5 5 / 5
Survival Estimate
All Grades 12,000
60 or Better 4,000
65 or Better 300
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.9
60 or Better R-4.2
65 or Better R-6.4
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 5
60 or Better 5 / 5
65 or Better 5 / 5
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 5 / 5
60 or Better 5 / 5
65 or Better 5 / 5

Condition Census What Is This?

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

Tom & Jean Fore Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5232, $18,800

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Wright Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Tom & Jean Fore Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5232, $18,800

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Wright Collection

MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1857, the U.S. Mint produced two different Cents: the old-style Large Cent and a new, smaller cent with an eagle flying left across the obverse. One of the motivating factors for the creation of the new "Small" Cent was the high price of copper. Each new Small Cent required less than half the amount of copper than the Large Cent, yielding significant savings for the U.S. Treasury.

To introduce the new design, the Mint produced a then-record high 17,450,000 Flying Eagle Cents, making it the first Cent with a mintage over 10 million coins. Because of public and collector interest, large quantities were saved, making it very easy to find an example today. Mint State examples are quite common and are usually seen in MS-64 (and to a lesser degree in MS-63). Gems are only slightly scarce, but in MS-66 the population drops precipitously. As of July 2011, none have been graded finer then MS-66 by PCGS.