U.S. Coins Small Cents Flying Eagle Cents (Proof)

1856 1c Fly.Eagle NGC Proof 65 (Snow-3 Mint State 65; ex:Mintz)

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Degree of Toning: 3/10
DLRC Inventory #: 234156

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Auction Name: Monday - Internet Auction # 220.
Closed On: Monday, February 18, 2008 3:27 PM.
Realized: $30,475.

Item Description:

One the finest examples graded of this famous rarity. The 1856 Flyer in gem Proof boasts beautiful, pristine fields with moderate mirrored surfaces with various hints of red and blue toning mixed throughout the even chocolate coloring.

The coin is accompanied by an Eagle Eye Attribution card which certifies the die variety as Snow-3 (Mint State).

According to Rick Snow, noted expert on this series, the S-3 is considered one of the three "original striking" dies, along with the S-1 and S-5. He notes that the majority of proofs are the S-9 die pair, which were struck later for sale to the burgeoning collector market. Even though NGC does not recognize the Mint State designation for 1856 flying eagle, Mr. Snow and others do, making this a great rarity of utmost importance.

Between the S-3 and S-9 varieties, Snow estimates that the S-3 is 3-4 times rarer than the S-9 and possible just 20 coins exist in gem condition. This web page offers more information.

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Catalog Details:
PCGS #: 2037 ()
Catalog: U.S. Coins
Category: Small Cents
Series: Flying Eagle Cents (Proof)
Type: Flying Eagle
Years for Type: 1856-1858
Strike: Proof
Denomination: Cent
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: 0.880 Copper; 0.120 Nickel
Weight: 4.67g
Edge Type: Plain
Mintage: 2000