Monday, August 15, 2011
1858 Flying Eagle Cent
I love history, and when I was a kid wanted to be an archeologist. That didn’t work out, but I found something I can do and it still gives me that same feeling of excitement I was looking for as a kid. Today I am a Numismatist. Now that might sound like it has something to do with magic, but it doesn’t. Numismatics is the study or collecting of coins, tokens or paper money. I find it enjoyable to research coins and paper money that come into my store. Learning about the political climate of the time and the attitudes of the people give you a window into the past. For example, this is a heavily worn 1858 Flying Eagle cent. They only made these for two years as they were experimenting with the small cent that we are so accustom to today. Before this coin the Cent was much larger. This coin would be graded “About Good” and is worth around $15.00.