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1856 Flying Eagle cent, Low Leaves. J-183. P-217. S-4d. R7. PR62 PCGS, OGH. Proof (8: 2,2,4). Nickel

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1856 Flying Eagle cent, Low Leaves. J-183. P-217. S-4d. R7. PR62 PCGS, OGH. Proof (8: 2,2,4). Nickel
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1856 Flying Eagle cent, Low Leaves. J-183. P-217. S-4d. R7. PR62 PCGS, OGH. Proof (8: 2,2,4). Nickel alloy.
The alloy has a distinctly silvery appearance and is at once identifiable as something out of the ordinary. The alloy is supposed to be 75% nickel and 25%, based on others that have been tested. Only four examples are known and this ranks as tied for second finest. The coin is in an old green-label holder from 20 years ago. A lone PR64 is graded higher.
The surface has slight roughness on the field areas. A few light spots are also visible. The die pair is the Snow-4 which is unusual in that the reverse die is the Low Leaves design introduced mid-year in 1858. This lower relief die was made to increase the die life. Also introduced for this same reason was the Small Letters 1858 obverse. As 1856 Flying Eagles continued to be struck for collectors in 1858, the Mint inadvertently created a new type of 1856 Flying Eagle cent by using this reverse die. Why the increased nickel alloy was used is a mystery.



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