I recently purchased this 1858 Flying Eagle cent and while I can find nothing on any site concerning this cent I don't believe it is an RPD due to the doubling on the Eagles neck. Comments are definitely welcome as there may be a site I haven't searched. The fourth pic is from a normal 1858 Flying Eagle cent date.
My friend, I am at a loss on this cent. In hand it is amazing to look at and you should have seen the poker face I made when I louped it! Btw, I picked it up for $40. If it's an unknown that will be money well spent.
The date was punched into the die separately, and by hand, after the eagle and the lettering.
With identical doubling on both the eagle and the date that eliminates the possibility of RPD or DDO. I'm thinking MD on this, the size of the numerals has clearly decreased in size. It's especially noticeable on the base of the 1.
I had thought about the MD theory but there are two types of MD and this doesn't fit into either category. It is not flat or even shelflike. It's not high bounce MD. In hand the devises are raised and in comparison to my other 1858 the devises appears to be the same size. IF it is MD it is a type I have never seen. Could be some weird type of MD
I have just started recently getting into the Classic coins and have louped quite a few coins with this deceptive MD you're talking about. On almost all of which I have viewed it's really light and subtle. I agree the coins condition makes this one a little trickier to decipher.