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1858 Flying Eagle Cent!! To Clean Or Not To Clean (Please Help!)

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Bedrock of the Community
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 Posted 09/19/2020  08:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
From a distance, it looks a bit like a small black disk, with all detail very difficult to see.

They must have looked fabulous, with a lighter bronze, slightly silvery color, when freshly minted.
Because they were smaller than the previous traditional bronze large Cent type that preceded it, I guess that at the time,
the admixture of 12% nickel in the alloy helped to give an impression of extra value to compensate for it's smaller size.

That is why I prefer lighter colored examples of this type.

Even so, the heavier weight over the standard bronze Indian Head cent which followed it, and the flying eagle Gobrecht inspired reverse helps to make this type forever popular among collectors.

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Switzerland was the first country to alloy nickel in their billon coinage in 1850: 15%Ag 50%Cu 25%Zn 10%Ni.
British used 50%Ag 40%Cu 5%Zn 5% Ni 1927-1946. (quaternary metals)
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09/19/2020 09:24 am
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United States
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 Posted 09/19/2020  12:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add suipakpaikungfu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you think you paid too much, do What I do when that happens..
Keep it as a learning tool. BTW, it happens less and less as you gain more experience..
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