1857 Obverse of 1857 MDC-003

>>>>1857 Obverse of 1857 MDC-003

1857 Obverse of 1857 MDC-003

Attributed to: Tom DeLorey


Design: Obverse of 1857
Composition: Copper Nickel
Strike Type: Circulation

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Variety Summary

Out of the three 1857 Flying Eagle cent multi-denominational clashed dies, this is the most common. Several uncirculated specimens are known. No 1857 Liberty Seated half dollar has been verified with the clash marks of a Flying Eagle cent. There are only six multi-denomination clashes known for all United States series. Of the six, four were created on 1857 coinage. The primary question is whether these 1857 multi-denominational clashed dies are the result of an accident, faulty machinery, poor workmanship, coincidence, or purposeful act? Some have speculated that they were the result of the night watchman, Theodore Eckfeldt, but there is no evidence to support this theory. They were most likely the result of accident or inexperience during a year of high demand and high production and decreased quality control. For each of the six known multi-denominational clashed dies, the working dies were centered when they were clashed. This supports the conclusion that the clashing occurred in the coining press.

Misattributed as a cud by Marvin and Margolis (1979).

Additional Notes


The obverse is clashed with an obverse of a Liberty Seated Half Dollar.

The clashed remnants of Miss Liberty is seen on both sides of the eagle. The shin of Miss Liberty can be seen from the wing through the beak to the denticles at 7 o'clock.

The upper left side of Miss Liberty is seen between the top of the wings and STATES. Liberty's left arm is seen from the top of the wing to the ST of STATES. The pole is seen below and through the A of STATES. The back of Liberty's neck and hair is seen below and through the TE of STATES.

The outside of Liberty's right arm holding the shield runs above the AM and through ERICA of AMERICA to the tail feathers. Parts of the drapery is seen in the field above and below the tail feathers.


None yet noted.

More Info


1857 FND-003


1857 P N/A


1857 S9


Breen N/A

Marvin and Margolis: