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Description

1855 Flying Eagle Cent
Judd-168, PR66 Brown

1855 P1C Flying Eagle Cent, Judd-168, Pollock-193, R.4, PR66 Brown NGC.
Design.
A reduced-diameter large cent, as begun in 1854, continuing the Flying Eagle motif for the obverse, with peripheral stars and date 1855 below. The reverse shows a circular wreath similar to the large cent in circulation, with four leaves under the E of STATES. Struck in copper (Judd-167) or bronze (Judd-168) with a plain edge.

Commentary.
As in 1854, the restrikes weigh about 13-14 grains more than the originals, but many different unconfirmed alloys are recorded, and the variations require elemental analysis for certain attribution. Dr. Judd believed that some bronze examples are originals--although that is also uncertain.

Physical Description.
Each side has considerable visual interest. While most of both the obverse and reverse are deep blue (rather than brown), there is a wide swath of original, fiery red color on the lower right portion of the obverse. The reverse has streaky red luster and blue color. A lovely example of this popular pattern. In PR66 Brown this piece is tied with four other pieces at NGC as the numerically finest at that service--two Brown, two Red and Brown. The finest at PCGS are a handful of PR65 coins (10/08).

Provenance.
Ex: ANA 80th Convention Sale (Stack's, 8/1971), lot 270.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (NGC ID# 29AG, PCGS# 11720)


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January, 2009
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