1856 P1C Flying Eagle Cent, Judd-181, Pollock-211, R.7, PR63 Brown PCGS. Dies of Snow-1 struck in copper. The obverse clear...
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Both copper and copper-nickel examples of this die are known, the first copper-nickel example being recognized by this cataloger in 1990. According to Snow's Census, just four examples of this variety are now known in copper-nickel, and two others in copper. The present specimen increases the Census of copper strikes by one additional coin. Exactly seven examples of this die combination are known, regardless of composition.
This specimen is sharply struck with all obverse and reverse details fully defined. Both sides have attractive olive brown color and only a few insignificant spots. The obverse has traces of original mint red color framing the eagle and lining portions of the border. The reverse has considerable pale blue iridescence. There are few blemishes on either side, with a short scratch at the top of the reverse serving as a useful pedigree marker. This actually may not be a scratch, but rather a lint mark present at the time of striking. The surfaces inside and surrounding this area have identical toning patterns without any disturbance. There also does not appear to be any displaced metal.
For the advanced specialist in the Flying Eagle and Indian cent coinage, this is an extremely important opportunity. If this is actually the prototype for the Flying Eagle cent, its historical importance is immense. While copper strikes of the 1856 Flying Eagle cent are generally not valued as highly as copper-nickel examples, this piece is rarer and possesses infinitely greater historical value. (PCGS# 11792)
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