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MintProducts.com, Internet Coin Dealer, Bedford, NH
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1857-58 Flying Eagle Cents - Choose Dates And Grades!

1857-58 Flying Eagle Cents - Choose Dates And Grades!
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  • Flying Eagle Cent - Our Countries First Small Cent - Three Dates/Types And Three Grades Available

    MintProducts offers both regular issue dates of this popular short lived series in three different grades (Good is shown in the picture). We also offer both 1858 varieties: The Small Letter variety where the "AM" in America is separated and the Large Letter variety where the "AM" is attached at the bottom.

    By the mid 1850's the mint was losing money on every Half Cent and Large Cent it struck. In 1856, a new smaller cent design was proposed to be struck in a new copper-nickel alloy. Gobrecht's Flying Eagle design, which had been used for earlier patterns was selected for the new cent. Over 1,000 1856 Flying Eagle Cents were eventually struck with many being given to Government officials and other dignitaries. Though the rare 1856 dated examples are often included in early cent collections, they are pattern coins not regular issues. Regular production for the Flying Eagle Cent started in 1857 and continued through 1858. By 1858 the mint realized that the combination of the relatively low relief design of the Flying Eagle and the hardness of the copper-nickel alloy, often resulted in poorly detailed, weekly struck coins. In 1859, production was changed to the Indian Cent design (actually Liberty in a headdress) and the short lived Flying Eagle Cent became an instant classic!
    Specifications: Designer, James B. Longacre - Weight, 4.67 grams - Diameter, 19 mm - Composition, 88% Copper, 12% Nickel - Edge, Plain


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    • Author: Glenn B.
      I ordered the 1858 Large Letter in Fine condition. A very nice solid fine example. Very pleased.
    • Author: Timothy Wright
      Coin was in excellent condition and was priced lower than most other online dealers.
    • Author: steven a miller
      I received the 1858 large letter fine and the coin looked great.
    • Author: Michael Phillips
      Just received my 1857 and 1858 Flying Eagle cents...I chose the VG upgrade and I was vey pleased with the overall quality and eye appeal...Next time I will purchase the Fine upgrade when they are available. Thanks MP!!!!
    • Author: Gary Ebdon
      Bought 1857 VF, I thought it looked quite nice when I opened the pkg. Sent it off to PCGS, they graded my coin VF35, red book values this coin grade at no less than $100, which is double my investment. Excellent value, excelent coin.
    • Author: Matthew
      I bought the 58 SL & LL in the good condition. Both coins were a great Good example with even wear. Very happy with them!
    • Author: Glenn B.
      This time I ordered the 1858 small letters in VF condition. Another excellent example of this coin.
    • Author: Zach Shepherd
      Really enjoy this site! Great service and great products! They supply exactly what you order.
    • Author: Michael Phillips
      Bought a 1858 Small letter in fine grade and a 1858 large letter in fine grade...Very pleased with the overall condition.
    • Author: David K
      A reasonably priced piece to add to collection.
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