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1858 1C Small Letters (Regular Strike)

Series: Flying Eagle Cents 1856-1858

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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OBVERSE COMPARISON

OBVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
2020
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Weight:
4.70 grams
Mintage:
24,600,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
88% Copper, 12% Nickel
Major Varieties

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

Condition Census What Is This?

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

The Type Set Collection

1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Wright Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade

The Type Set Collection

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Wright Collection

MS66 PCGS grade #3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
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.