1858 Flying Eagle Cent/1858 Flying Eagle Penny: Collectors Notes

Collectors Notes On The 1858 Flying Eagle Cent:

Like the 1857 year, the 1858 Flying Eagle Cent was struck in large numbers in order to make up for 64 year's worth of Large Cents that were being redeemed under the Coinage Act of February 21st, 1857. A total of 24,600,000 circulation strike examples of the 1858 Flying Eagle Cent were minted.

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Unlike the 1857 Flying Eagle Cent, The 1858 Flying Eagle Cent came in 2 distinct varieties, Large letters and Small Letters.

Large Letters 1858 Flying Eagle Cent:

It is estimated that of the 24,600,000 examples of the 1858 Flying Eagle Cent that were minted, roughly half were the Large letters variety 1858 Flying Eagle Cent. The Large Letters 1858 Flying Eagle Cent is readily identified by looking at the "A" and the "M" in AMERICA on the obverse. These Letters will touch each other at the end of the "A" and the Beginning of the "M" in the Large Letters variety.

The Large Letters 1858 Flying Eagle Cent is scarcer than the 1857 year of issue, though more 1858 coins were minted in total. This is due to the 50/50 split between the 2 1858 varieties. The Large Letter coins circulated more widely and are found more often in the lower grades as a result.

The hardness of the copper nickel alloy used in the Flying Eagle Penny caused a reverse die change in the 1858 year. This has resulted in 2 Reverse Types for the Large Letters 1858 Flying Eagle Cent. This information is not widely known among most collectors. Large Letter coins were minted with high relief Type of 1857 reverse dies and low relief Type of 1858 dies. This has resulted in a High Leaves and Low Leaves reverse in these coins. The high leaves coins have the Type Of 1857 reverse and the inner leaves of the wreath are much closer to the "C" and "T" in cent than on the Low Leaves Type of 1858 reverse.


The optimal collecting grade for this 1858 Flying Eagle Cent is Extremely Fine 40. The wide circulation of this coin has made the lower grade coins very plentiful, and they will not provide the best value and because their resale value is low.

Small Letters 1858 Flying Eagle Cent:

The Small Letters 1858 Flying Eagle Cent was designed to try to lower the relief of the design to extend die life. The easiest way to identify this coin is by the space between the letters "A" and "M" in AMERICA on the obverse, due to the smaller letter punches. There are also slight modifications to the eagle on the Small Letters 1858 Flying Eagle Cent,  but the letters are the easiest way to distinguish this coin.

There is no clear record of when the Small Letters design went into production, and it is possible that  both styles of 1858 Flying Eagle Cent were in production at the same time during at least part of the run.

1858 Flying Eagle Cent Value: Large Letters

G-4 $27.50 VG-8 $41.00 F-12 $43.50 VF-20 $56 XF-40 $150 AU-50 $220 MS-60 $340 MS-65 $3850

1858 Flying Eagle Cent Value: Small Letters

G-4 $26 VG-8 $39.00 F-12 $42 VF-20 $47 XF-40 $135 AU-50 $135  MS-60 $320 MS-65 $3650

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