1854 1C J-164 Original, BN PR (PCGS# 11678)

The January 2013 Americana Sale

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1854 Pattern Flying Eagle Cent. Judd-164 Original, Pollock-189. Rarity-5. Bronze. Plain Edge. Proof-66 BN (PCGS). CAC. <strong>Composition: </strong>95% copper; 3.7% tin; 1.0% zinc. 94.44 grams. <br /> <br /> <strong>Obverse Design: </strong>The central device is an eagle in full flight to the left, surrounded by 13 stars with date below.<br /> <br /> <strong>Reverse Design: </strong>The reverse design mimics that of the current large cent, but on a smaller planchet with reduced size of the lettering and wreath, so the fields are more open overall, and the appearance is much more delicate. <br /> <br /> <strong><strong>Strike:</strong>&nbsp; </strong>An exceptional strike on the eagle, with all of the fine feather details bold and&nbsp;fully struck up, the reverse is sharp with just a whisper of softness at the center within the wreath, but the leaves are sharp.<br /> <br /> <strong>Surfaces: </strong>The surfaces are incredible, toned a lovely shade of brown with traces of original mint color within the devices, and completely free of carbon or spots.<br /> <br /> <strong>Pedigree: </strong>Heritage's FUN Signature Coin Auction of January 2007, lot 1230; private collector; Rick Snow; Cardinal Collection.<br /> <br /> <strong>Commentary:&nbsp;</strong>The pattern Flying Eagle cents of 1854 and 1855 are of intermediate size -- smaller than the standard large copper cent of those years but larger than the small-size Flying Eagle cents adopted in 1857. The style of the eagle itself is different and is in high relief on these early patterns. These have always been in strong demand, and appeal to pattern specialists and large/small cent enthusiasts alike.
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