Tommy P. writes: I need to know the price of a 1858 fine flying eagle one cent piece.
There are three varieties of this coin that are important to collectors:
- 1858 Large Letters – The Letters A and M in AMERICA on the obverse, are connected at their base. Value in the grade Fine – less than $35.
- 1858 Small Letters – the letters A and M in AMERICA are clearly separated. Value in the grade Fine – less than $35.
- 1858 , 8 over 7 – From a 1857 die. The “7” was polished off the die but the top is still visible over the top right of the “8”. Value in the grade Fine about $120.
The emphasis of the Coin Doc’s forum is not so much to price coins as to share information about them. Also, market prices can vary greatly from grade to grade. Other factors come in to play as well. Patina and strike are also important as well as the mint mark. To give you an example, a certain coin in the grade Good, which is a coin with little detail remaining might price at $18 in the market. The same coin in pristine uncirculated condition, lets say MS65, with all the important features struck up might price at $20,000. Not all coins have this extreme range but many do.