Thursday, December 30, 2010

Flying Eagle cent

History - The coin was designed by James Longacre and was minted from 1856 to 1858.  The 1856 Eagle cent was not an authorized mint issue.  In 1858, there was a "large letter" and "small letter" variety produced. An easy way to tell the difference between large-letter and small-letter varieties is to look at the word 'America.  The A and M in the word AMERICA are joined in the large letter variety and separated in the small letter variety.  The most valuable being the 1856 in EF40.  I would love to find one of these - thought I did but it turned out to be a canandian penny with a seagull on the back.

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