Lot #9. 1856 Flying Eagle Cent. Snow-9. Proof-64 (NGC).
The April 2008 Chicago Rarities Sale - 4/15/2008
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This fully struck specimen could only have been prepared using proof production methods. As well, the fields reveal sparkling reflective tendencies when the coin dips into a light. Medium-tan color dominates the outward appearance on the obverse, but it does mingle with deeper tan-gray highlights along the lower-left border. The former color is also present on the reverse, where streaks of that shade interrupt an otherwise lighter, honey-tan sheen. There are no outwardly noticeable contact marks, and the technical quality is suitably strong for the assigned grade.
Snow-9 is the most frequently encountered variety of the ever-popular 1856 Flying Eagle Cent in today's market. Upward of 1,500 examples are believed to have been struck from 1858 through 1860 for distribution to contemporary collectors (and a great many others, we suspect) who wanted an example of the United States' first small-size Cent.