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1857 Flying Eagle Cent for restoration and grading

Hi, just picked up this wonderfull coin yesterday on ebay. Do you agree with my planned restoration and grading? Will it be AU or MS?


  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 7,998 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to the forum! :)

    You would need to post photos that are larger than a postage stamp for any constructive answers. ;)

  • Jzyskowski1Jzyskowski1 Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 13, 2021 7:33AM

    I can hardly believe it’s real! Better pictures please. Seems some wear on high points but something about it is screaming fake. Sorry. I’m new. We’ll see what the elders say. 🤨 Sorry, welcome!

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  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,384 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @LuxCoinGuy Yup, you'll get more comments with close up pics of all three sides. Peace Roy

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  • LuxCoinGuyLuxCoinGuy Posts: 3
    edited December 13, 2021 7:29AM

    Not big enough by click on the pictures? I will get the coin this week shipped from ebay seller, then i will post the exact weight.

  • 7Jaguars7Jaguars Posts: 7,080 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not my series but looks alright to me and well struck. Color right. I don't see where restoration would be needed. It is a smallish picture to be sure but perhaps an AU58.
    If I squint my eye, the surface may be developing a trace of oxidation that might be carefully removed with solvent of the right sort.

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  • WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,117 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Due to the shadows in your pictures, the coin looks fat and therefore off.
    If you are going to send it in, let us know how it grades out.
    What is the weight of the coin?

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  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 13, 2021 8:55AM

    nice high au coin you have there. i'd leave it as-is. (small chance as low ms imo, going by those images) although a proper acetone soak/rinse really can't hurt to ensure there isn't some minor, to be future large, pvc or active corrosion.

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  • crazyhounddogcrazyhounddog Posts: 13,672 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks mint state to me. Nice score.

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  • DelawareDoonsDelawareDoons Posts: 3,070 ✭✭✭✭✭

    AU58. Nice coin. Soak in acetone for a couple days. Should get it prepped for long-term storage.

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  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,475 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 13, 2021 10:30AM

    If the tips of the tail feathers are just weakness in strike, you might have an MS piece... LanceNewmans' images look a little more crisp. Nice!

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  • 1Bufffan1Bufffan Posts: 603 ✭✭✭

    Well struck for a Flying Eagle nice pick-up you did well to get it! I would listen to above advise instead of restoration expense, but then to each their own, do as you please. Hope you enjoy it either way you decide to have it done.

  • Cougar1978Cougar1978 Posts: 7,188 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 13, 2021 12:41PM

    Nice Flying Eagle coin. I would send in, put my money on table - too curious / would need hosts opinion. Looks slightly AUish to me. Fingers wb crossed for MS.

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  • ElcontadorElcontador Posts: 7,372 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Is a nice AU. See wear on the bow knot on the reverse.

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  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 7,589 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice FE - my favorite type coin. I'd just go with an acetone soak as others have stated. But if you are already going to have it graded and feel better by having a restoration also then by all means go for it............

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  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,717 ✭✭✭✭✭

    AU. Nice collector coin. Acetone is all it needs. Forget about spending money on "restoration".

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  • logger7logger7 Posts: 7,765 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Obverse is a high grade Unc., I don't see it having circulated; very popular type coin, as others said a quick dip is all it needs; acetone is available at hardware stores.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like an AU58 cent.... I would not waste money on restoration.... give it a good acetone bath and send it in. Let us know how it grades. Cheers, RickO

  • winestevenwinesteven Posts: 3,723 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’m no expert, but other than acetone, copper is a tough metal to restore. Good luck, and let us know the end result. Real nice Flying Eagle!


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