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    1856 Flying Eagle Cent, PR67+
    Snow-3, Original Striking
    Finest at PCGS

    1856 1C Snow-3 PR67+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Repunching on the left side of the 5 in the date is diagnostic of the Snow-3 variety. It is believed that this die pair was used to strike the 634 1856 Flying Eagle cents manufactured for distribution to members of Congress for their approval. Several other varieties were struck later during the 1850s through the 1870s, with many distinguishing these Snow-3 coins as "originals," while classifying others as "restrikes." Given the nature of the 1856 Flying Eagle cent and the story behind it, it is no wonder collectors value Snow-3 representatives so highly.

    Although PCGS and NGC generally certify these coins as proofs, Rick Snow writes:

    "Nearly all examples seen show non-proof qualities such as weak breast feathers on the obverse and rounded leaves. The earliest die state examples show prooflike fields, but with the non-proof qualities seen on later strikings."



    This PR67+ representative fits that description well, speaking to its status as one of the original coins distributed to congressmen and struck "on a regular production press at normal speed," per to Snow. The flashy, prooflike fields and moderately frosted devices are suggestive of an early impression from the dies, while the breast feathers are slightly rounded. Bronze-gold color dominates each side, but there are gorgeous accents of copper-orange, magenta, powder-blue, and mint-green throughout, delivering top-notch eye appeal. A remarkable first-year key date and the single finest example seen by PCGS. Population: 2 in 67 (1 in 67+), 0 finer (6/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 47058, Base PCGS# 2037)

    Weight: 4.70 grams

    Metal: 88% Copper, 12% Nickel


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