Lot #10. 1856 Flying Eagle Cent. Proof Good Details--Corroded (NCS).
The April 2008 Chicago Rarities Sale - 4/15/2008
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A more affordable alternative for the budget-minded collector that still desires an example of this key-date small Cent, this piece retains at least outline definition to all elements of the design. There is even bolder definition remaining over the eagle's head on the obverse and in the recesses of the reverse wreath. Scattered contact marks are noted, but the real impediment to the eye appeal is a rough, pitted texture from corrosion that also manifests itself as dark verdigris in the recesses around many of the devices.