DESCRIPTION Exceptional Gem 1857 Flying Eagle CentJust 2 Finer at PCGS1857 Flying Eagle Cent. Type of 1857. MS-66 (PCGS).
This is an exceptionally well preserved, highly attractive example of the brief and conditionally challenging Flying Eagle cent series of 1856 to 1858. Razor sharp striking detail, softly frosted luster and pretty pinkish-tan patina greet the viewer from both sides, with areas of richer toning near the borders. Silky smooth in appearance with eye appeal to spare.
The first examples of this issue were released to the public on May 25, 1857, amid much excitement. At the Philadelphia Mint two facilities were set up in the yard to distribute them, and long lines formed as citizens sought the new pieces. Over 17.4 million examples were eventually struck, and the current piece ranks among the finest survivors from that mintage. PCGS has certified just 27 coins at the present MS-66 grade with only a pair finer atMS-66+, emphasizing the significance of this beautiful example for the quality conscious collector.PCGS# 2016
.NGC ID: 2276
PCGS Population: 27; with 2 finer in MS-66+.