this pair of leather discs shows incuse impressions of an 1856 Flying
Eagle Cent. The discs are obviously old and the impressions are
quite crisp and clear, taking into account the grain of the
Are they impressions from hubs used to create dies for
the 1856 Cent? Several experts have discounted this theory because
hubs with dates did not come into use until 1878.
Was an actual 1856 Cent pressed into each
disc? This appears to be the most likely scenario. However,
the depth of the impressions indicates that each disk was prepared
individually under greater pressure than if the coin had been squeezed
between two opposing disks of leather.
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