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SERIES: Flying Eagle Cents 1856-1858
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1858 1C Large Letters (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
2019
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
4.70 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
24,600,000
Metal Content:
88% Copper, 12% Nickel
Auction Record:
$40,250 • PCGS MS67 • 1-1-2003 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 8,000 R-3.4 4 / 5 4 / 5
60 or Better 2,250 R-4.5 4 / 5 4 / 5
65 or Better 275 R-6.5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Foreside Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Tom Bender Collection

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2015:3014, $20,563.68 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:14, $24,675

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Foreside Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Tom Bender Collection

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2015:3014, $20,563.68 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:14, $24,675

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 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 is MS-64, followed by MS-63.  The finest Large Letters 1858 Flying Eagle Cent certified by PCGS is a single MS-66.