Flying Eagle Cents were struck in Philadelphia from 1856 to 1858. 1856 dated coins were patterns issued to show Congress what the new small cents would look like.
It is estimated that 1500 to 2500 pieces were issued in 1856, most being proof examples. The Flying Eagle Cent series also has an overdate, 1858/7, and two letter variations for the 1858 dated Flying Eagle Cent.
Snow-3 variety which were the 'original' strikes from 1856 distributed to officials to show the new small cent design. Snow-9 is the other variety with business strikes and they were restrikes made a few years later. Additionally; only 634 business strikes were minted compared to 1500 proofs with the proofs also being restrikes made to sell collectors. This example is a pleasing walnut brown with more flashy yellow-gold at the periphery and in the protected areas of the design. There is a proof-like element to the fields. The centers are sharply struck while borders are quite weak which seems to be typical for the variety. The date is repunched and the obverse legend shows doubling. No spots, marks, or other distractions can be found.
A lightly circulated proof with problem-free light brown surfaces. There is solid detail and the eye appeal is excellent.
Well struck with crisp copper-nickel tan luster.
Well struck with nice original copper-tan surfaces.
A gorgeous Gem 'Flyer' with nearly mark and spot-free surfaces that are blanketed with satiny copper-nickel red luster. The strike is sharp and the eye appeal is outstanding.
Extremely well struck with rich lustrous surfaces that are devoid of significant marks.