Flying Eagles 1856-1858 Value Trends

Here are the historic value trends for individual coins of the Flying Eagle Cent series. Since this coin type was minted for only three years, we are able to get the Coin Value Tables for all Flying Eagle Cents on a single page.

This was the first of the small cents. Learn how this new diameter cent originated by jumping to the Flying Eagles 1856-1858 intro page.

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FLYING EAGLE CENTS
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1856 1857 1858 LL 1858 SL
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Flying Eagle Cent
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1856
Flying Eagle Cents
Mintage: 1000 (est.) Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-66 PF-65
1950 60.00 80.00 100 115 130 140 150 --- --- --- 185
1955 115 125 180 225 250 275 300 --- --- --- 350
1960 300 350 440 500 550 625 725 --- --- --- 840
1965 650 800 1025 1300 2000 2300 2600 --- --- --- 3250
1970 625 775 950 1175 1450 1725 2000 --- --- --- 2500
1975 650 825 1100 1300 1500 1800 2400 --- --- --- 2800
1980 800 925 1250 1500 1750 2000 2500 --- --- --- 2750
1985 1500 1700 2000 2350 2650 2900 3800 --- --- --- 7400
1990 2325 2575 2750 3100 3300 3750 4250 6500 15000 --- 20000
1995 2600 3500 3900 4500 5000 5400 6400 9000 17500 --- 21000
2000 3900 4500 4900 5200 5700 6300 7500 12500 29000 32500 22000
2002 3850 4500 4900 5250 5750 6300 7500 13000 35000 50000 21500
2004 6000 7200 8100 9250 10000 12500 15000 22500 33000 100000 27500
2006 6000 7100 8000 9100 10000 12500 15000 22500 52500 150000 27500
2008 6500 7500 10000 12500 14000 16000 20000 25000 62500 175000 50000
2010 6500 7500 10000 12500 14000 16000 20000 25000 62500 175000 50000
2012 7000 8000 10000 12500 14000 16000 20000 25000 75000 175000 35000
2014 6500 7500 9000 10000 12500 15000 16500 22500 75000 150000 35000
2016 6500 7500 9000 10000 12500 15000 16500 22500 75000 150000 35000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-66 PF-65
1950 7.36 7.12 7.06 7.00 7.16 7.34 7.38 --- --- --- 8.27
1980 5.99 5.99 5.64 5.41 5.61 5.76 5.38 --- --- --- 7.32
2000 3.24 3.24 3.87 4.17 5.03 5.57 5.05 3.74 6.12 10.03 2.94
2010 0.00 0.00 -1.74 -3.65 -1.87 -1.07 -3.16 -1.74 3.09 -2.54 -5.77

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1857
Flying Eagle Cents
Mintage: 17,450,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-66 PF-65
1950 0.40 0.75 1.00 1.75 3.00 4.25 7.00 --- --- --- 45.00
1955 1.00 1.75 2.75 3.25 5.00 7.00 12.00 --- --- --- 75.00
1960 2.25 3.00 5.50 7.50 10.00 15.00 30.00 --- --- --- 210
1965 4.75 6.75 10.50 17.50 27.50 45.00 100 --- --- --- 1600
1970 4.50 5.50 8.00 12.00 21.00 40.00 115 --- --- --- 2150
1975 7.00 8.00 12.00 22.00 50.00 110 275 --- --- --- 2500
1980 7.50 9.00 13.00 24.00 60.00 115 275 --- --- --- 3000
1985 7.00 9.50 12.50 25.00 60.00 115 285 --- --- --- 5300
1990 10.75 12.00 15.00 33.00 68.00 130 250 375 3650 --- 18500
1995 15.00 18.00 22.00 30.00 82.50 150 300 470 2500 --- 16750
2000 18.00 20.00 25.00 38.00 100 145 250 600 3000 5000 28000
2002 18.00 20.00 25.00 38.00 100 150 250 600 3400 5250 28000
2004 25.00 29.00 34.50 50.00 140 200 310 1000 4000 7250 30000
2006 25.00 29.00 34.50 50.00 140 200 310 1000 4000 7250 30000
2008 35.00 42.50 50.00 60.00 150 250 350 1000 4000 7500 35000
2010 35.00 42.50 50.00 60.00 150 250 350 1000 4000 7500 35000
2012 30.00 40.00 50.00 60.00 150 200 350 750 4000 7500 35000
2014 30.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 150 200 375 750 4000 7500 35000
2016 30.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 150 200 375 750 4000 7500 35000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-66 PF-65
1950 6.76 6.21 6.11 5.86 6.11 6.01 6.22 --- --- --- 10.61
1980 3.93 4.23 3.81 3.22 2.58 1.55 0.87 --- --- --- 7.06
2000 3.24 4.43 4.43 4.34 2.57 2.03 2.57 1.40 1.81 2.57 1.40
2010 -2.54 -1.01 0.00 3.79 0.00 -3.65 1.16 -4.68 0.00 0.00 0.00

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1858 Large Letters Flying Eagle Cents
Mintage: 24,600,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-66 PF-65
1950 0.50 1.25 2.00 3.50 5.50 7.50 10.00 --- --- --- 55.00
1955 1.50 3.00 4.50 7.00 12.00 16.00 22.50 --- --- --- 80.00
1960 3.00 4.75 7.50 9.50 18.50 32.00 57.50 --- --- --- 250
1965 6.50 8.75 13.00 25.00 40.00 75.00 150 --- --- --- 1800
1970 5.00 6.25 9.25 15.00 27.50 60.00 130 --- --- --- 2100
1975 7.50 8.75 13.00 25.00 55.00 120 300 --- --- --- 2500
1980 8.50 10.00 13.50 25.00 65.00 125 275 --- --- --- 3000
1985 7.00 9.50 14.00 28.00 60.00 120 250 --- --- --- 5300
1990 10.75 12.25 15.00 33.00 70.00 140 250 425 3750 --- 18500
1995 17.50 20.00 25.00 40.00 100 175 275 500 2500 --- 15000
2000 18.00 20.00 25.00 40.00 105 175 275 600 3200 5250 22500
2002 18.00 20.00 30.00 50.00 125 175 275 650 3500 5500 22500
2004 25.00 29.00 34.50 50.00 140 200 310 1000 4000 5750 26000
2006 25.00 29.00 34.50 50.00 140 200 310 1000 4000 5750 26000
2008 35.00 42.50 50.00 60.00 150 250 350 1000 4000 6000 26000
2010 35.00 42.50 50.00 60.00 150 250 350 1000 4000 6000 26000
2012 30.00 40.00 50.00 60.00 150 225 375 800 4500 7000 30000
2014 30.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 150 250 375 800 4500 7000 27500
2016 30.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 150 250 375 800 4500 7000 27500
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-66 PF-65
1950 6.40 5.39 5.00 4.75 5.14 5.46 5.65 --- --- --- 9.87
1980 3.57 3.93 3.70 3.10 2.35 1.94 0.87 --- --- --- 6.35
2000 3.24 4.43 4.43 4.01 2.25 2.25 1.96 1.81 2.15 1.81 1.26
2010 -2.54 -1.01 0.00 3.79 0.00 0.00 1.16 -3.65 1.98 2.60 0.94

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1858 Small Letters Flying Eagle Cents
Mintage: Inc. Above Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-66 PF-65
1950 0.50 1.25 2.00 3.50 5.50 7.50 10.00 --- --- --- 55.00
1955 1.50 3.00 4.50 7.00 12.00 16.00 22.50 --- --- --- 80.00
1960 3.00 4.75 7.50 9.50 18.50 32.00 57.50 --- --- --- 250
1965 6.50 8.75 13.00 25.00 40.00 75.00 150 --- --- --- 1800
1970 5.00 6.25 9.25 15.00 27.50 60.00 130 --- --- --- 2100
1975 7.50 8.75 13.00 25.00 55.00 120 300 --- --- --- 2500
1980 8.50 10.00 13.50 25.00 65.00 125 275 --- --- --- 3000
1985 7.00 9.50 14.00 28.00 60.00 120 250 --- --- --- 5300
1990 11.00 12.50 15.25 32.75 75.00 165 300 550 3900 --- 18500
1995 17.50 20.00 25.00 40.00 100 175 275 500 2500 --- 14000
2000 18.00 20.00 25.00 40.00 105 175 275 650 3000 5500 25000
2002 18.00 20.00 30.00 50.00 125 175 265 675 4000 6000 25000
2004 25.00 29.00 34.50 50.00 140 200 310 1000 4000 9500 32500
2006 25.00 29.00 34.50 50.00 140 200 310 1000 4000 9500 32500
2008 35.00 42.50 50.00 60.00 150 250 350 1000 4000 10000 35000
2010 35.00 42.50 50.00 60.00 150 250 350 1000 4000 10000 35000
2012 30.00 40.00 50.00 60.00 150 225 400 800 5500 10000 35000
2014 30.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 150 250 400 900 5500 10000 27500
2016 30.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 150 250 400 900 5500 10000 27500
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-66 PF-65
1950 6.40 5.39 5.00 4.75 5.14 5.46 5.75 --- --- --- 9.87
1980 3.57 3.93 3.70 3.10 2.35 1.94 1.05 --- --- --- 6.35
2000 3.72 5.08 5.08 4.59 2.58 2.58 2.71 2.35 4.42 4.36 0.68
2010 -3.78 -1.50 0.00 5.74 0.00 0.00 3.39 -2.60 8.29 0.00 -5.85

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In the 1950s, grading practices were radically different from what we have today. A coin's condition was described using simple adjectives such as "Very Good" or "Uncirculated". Accordingly, numismatic references of those times conformed to the same set of adjectives to approximate retail coin values. Varying distinctions of Uncirculated (today's equivalent of MS-60, MS-61, etc) and Proof were recognized in some advertisements and auction bills by employing modifying descriptors such as "Brilliant Uncirculated" or "Choice Proof", for example. However, with no clear point of reference or consistency on how the modifying descriptors were invoked, most publishers resorted to listing values for only one "Uncirculated" grade and one "Proof" grade.

The 70-point numeric system (G-4, VG-8, etc.) in widespread use today was popularized by the American Numismatic Association in the late 1970s, an era when coin values were escalating dramatically, most notably for high quality specimens. Vague descriptors such as "Choice" and "Brilliant" were replaced by the more precise numerically determined grades. Thus, finely differentiated grades like MS-60, MS-63, and MS-65 eventually became commonplace, and by the late 1980s, the practice of assigning a numerical grade to indicate quality was universal (this does not imply the 70-point system eliminated grading inconsistencies, but it did help to stabilize the coin collecting hobby).

In February 1986, the ANA changed its grading interpretations to match the tightening standards demanded by the marketplace. This meant that many coins correctly graded as MS-65 in the early 1980s became MS-63 or less, so as to be consistent with the newly revised interpretation. Conversely, a coin graded after 1986 as MS-63 was about equal in quality to an MS-65 before 1986. Thus, the Mint State prices published in numismatic periodicals prior to 1986 are not directly comparable to those published later. The Coin Value Tables of this website relied heavily on periodicals from before 1986, but we did not attempt to compensate for the revised grading standards of 1986; we reported what we found. One must take this into account when studying trends for an MS-65 coin from, say, 1980 to the present. On the other hand, because of the dearth of Mint State price estimates published prior to 1986, more than 98% of the Coin Value Table data is not affected by anything mentioned in this paragraph!

The Coin Value Tables™ trend data for Flying Eagle cents reflect the historic availability of numeric grades to describe coins. For the 1950-1985 rows, the values in the "G-4" column correspond to the "Good" listing of those years, "VG-8" corresponds to "Very Good", and so on. The "MS-60" column records the "Uncirculated" value reported during those same decades. Similarly, "PF-65" corresponds to simple "Proof" figures. Starting in the 1990 row, coin values strictly correspond to numeric grades grades. Furthermore, "Uncirculated" grades are broken down into "MS-60", "MS-63", and "MS-65", because by 1990, this type of Uncirculated value data for Flying Eagle cents was readily available. Beginning in the 1990 row and onward, the "PF-65" figure can be precisely viewed as the value for a Proof cent ranking 65 on the 70 point scale.

For those interested, we have a coin grading section with more details on the evolution of grading coins.



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