Flying Eagle Cent Values and Prices

How Much Is My Flying Eagle Cent Worth?

Uncirculated Flying Eagle Cent Graded MS-65. Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries,

This guide is will give you an estimate of how much money your Flying Eagle pennies minted from 1856 to 1858 are worth.  The table below provides average coin prices and values based upon the grade or condition of the coin.

Market Analysis

Flying Eagle pennies were only minted for three years. The 1856 issue was only to be a trial for the new smaller size penny. Approximately 1,000 to 2,500 of them were minted and they are extremely rare.

If you have a sizable accumulation of Flying Eagle cents, you need to sort them and organize them so the dealer can quickly see what you have.

Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties

The following Flying Eagle cents in any condition, are worth considerable more than common Flying Eagle pennies.  As such, these coins are frequently counterfeit or altered from common Flying Eagle cents. Therefore, before you start celebrating your new found fortune, have the coin authenticated by a reputable coin dealer or third party grading service.

  • 1856 (extremely rare, be cautious of counterfeits and altered coins)
  • All Proof Issues

Condition or Grade Examples

If your coin is worn and looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below, it is considered a circulated coin.

If your coin looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below and has no evidence of wear due to being in circulation, it is considered an uncirculated coin.

Mint Marks

All Flying Eagle cents were produced at the Philadelphia Mint and do not have a mint mark.

Flying Eagle Cents Average Prices and Values

The following table lists the buy price (what you can expect to pay to a dealer to purchase the coin) and sell value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you if you sell the coin).

The first column lists the coin's date followed by the buy price and the sell value for an average circulated Flying Eagle Cent. The next two columns list the buy price and the sell value for an average uncirculated. These are approximate retail prices and wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors that determine its worth.

Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1856 *$7,400.00$5,000.00 $17,500.00$13,500.00
1856 Proof$7,300.00$4,800.00 $15,000.00$11,400.00
1857$34.00$23.00 $670.00$510.00
1857 Proof-- $6,200.00$4,800.00
1858 8/7$160.00$100.00 $6,700.00$5,200.00
1858 Lg. Letters$32.00$23.00 $680.00$500.00
1858 Lg. Letters Proof-- $5,800.00$4,300.00
1858 Sm. Letters$32.00$22.00 $770.00$610.00
1858 Sm. Letters Proof-- $5,200.00$4,000.00
Date Set
$6,900.00$5,100.00 $17,000.00$13,500.00

"-" (dash) = Not Applicable or not enough data exists to calculate an average price
* = See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins.

Collecting Notes

Technically this coin was minted for three years (1856, 1857 and 1858) and the 1856 issue is considered a pattern coin.

However, most coin collectors do not consider their collection of Flying Eagle cents complete without the 1856 issue. Given the low mintage of the 1856 coin, it is extremely rare and expensive in any grade. Most collectors do not consider their collection of Flying Eagle penny is complete without it.

Additionally, there are only three varieties in the series and most collectors try to obtain all of them:

  • 1858 Double Die Obverse (1858/7)
  • 1858 Large Letters
  • 1858 Small Letters

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