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    1858 Flying Eagle Cent, Large Letters, PR65
    Seldom Seen at Auction

    1858 1C Large Letters PR65 PCGS. Certified in a PCGS green-label holder, this razor-sharp Gem proof 1858 Large Letters Flying Eagle cent displays prominent reflectivity in the fields. Powder-blue tints visit UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the reverse field beneath CENT. The remainder of the unblemished surfaces are bathed in luminous light gold iridescence, deepening to peach hues in the field near the eagle. An infrequent pinpoint carbon fleck denies an even higher grade.

    Variety: Large Letters obverse, also known as the Type of 1857, most easily identified by AM touching at their bottoms. (But Rick Snow reminds us in his newly released two-volume update on Flying Eagle and Indian cents that there are also subtle differences on the eagle between the Large Letters and Small Letters [Type of 1858] obverses.) High Leaves reverse. A slender diagonal crack runs through the final A in AMERICA to the tail. Another die crack on the obverse runs from the denticles to the tops of ST(ATES). Die fill occupies half of the left ribbon loop field and about one-third of the right ribbon loop field.

    Population Data (3/15): PCGS reports 17 in PR65 with one PR66 finer. NGC shows 10 and two in those respective grades.

    Heritage Commentary: Proof 1856 Flying Eagle cents are always available for a price, but their 1857 and 1858 counterparts are rarely encountered. Only the single die pair is known for the proofs of this year. It has been nearly three years since Heritage offered a Gem proof 1858 Large Letters, and other companies show similar infrequency; astute collectors will not let this opportunity bypass them lightly.

    Provenance: Atlanta ANA Signature (Heritage, 4/2006), lot 70; Joseph C. Thomas Collection / Cincinnati Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2009), lot 2059.(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 227C, PCGS# 2042)

    Weight: 4.67 grams

    Metal: 88% Copper, 12% Nickel

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    12th Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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