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29 Jan 2021

Numismatic Book Review: A Guide Book of Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents

Coins-United States | CentSearcher

Hello everyone! This blog is going to be a book review on a guide book of Flying Eagle and Indian Head cents. I will try and keep this as simple and straight forward as possible. Let's dive in!

About half a year ago I bought the Lincoln cent version of this book. I read it through like a chapter book, and really enjoyed it. My curiosity got the better of me, and I discovered there was a version of the book for flying eagle and indian head cents. I collect small cents, so this was the only other one that I needed. The book made it into my christmas list, and I did indeed end up getting the book as a present.

I didn't hesitate to begin looking it over, and I was pleased to see that it had all the same features as the Lincoln cent version, and more. The general layout of the book was well organized, with the first major topic being the history of the two earliest designs of the small cent. The author spent 30 pages of the book taking an in-depth look at the coin's history, covering nearly everything important that can be known. Photos and illustrations are also included in the book, making it very easy to understand.

Following the history is several helpful pages that explore the different aspects of grading Flying eagle and Indian head cents, including ways to identify the examples with a good strike. The book is arranged in a way that makes it very easy to read straight through like a chapter book.

Then, for nearly 200 pages, the author goes through each year of the small cent up to the end of the Indian head cent's production in very great detail. Each year is illustrated with a high quality photo, proof and business strike mintage, price guide chart, advice for collecting each different strike of the coin, and much more useful information. Also included with each new year is a segment called "A Snapshot of the year ____" where the book covers all the major events that occured.

Finally, the book wraps up with several appendixes going even further into the coin. Everything there is to be learned for a beginner collector is covered in this single resource. You can purchase a copy on the Whitman website for $20, and don't forget to use the 10% discount available for ANA members.

Thankyou all for reading, and I hope you have a great and safe weekend! Your fellow numismatist, CentSearcher



Level 4

Another book to take a peek though thanks!!! I find Flying Eagles notoriously difficult to guess at the grade so I bet there is some great information in there.


Level 6

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review ; )


Level 6

Great book. Any of the Red Book series is worth having. I have several Peace dollar editions myself. Always more to learn in the newest issue. Thanks for your report.

silvar eagle

Level 3

good to know


Level 6

A nice book to increase a persons knowledge on the series.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Really good book, review. You sold me on it!


Level 5

Sounds like a great book!

It's Mokie

Level 6

I have that book as well and even though I do not actively collect Flying Eagle or Indian Head Cents, I find it an invaluable resource to increase my knowledge. Thanks for your excellent review.


Level 5

I only have a couple of Flying Eagles and a couple of Indian heads so I didn't buy the book. I do have the Mega Red, Franklin/Kennedy Halves, Quarters, and Mint/Proof Sets books though. Very informative post. Thanks for sharing!


Level 5

Look's like a great book for our coin club library. Will go to Whitman and check out the books.


Level 7

Here are a number of civil war books. The first was done by George Fuld and his brother. The other two The history of Civil war tokens Vol One and two down by Q.David Bowers. The look exactly like the cover of the book you wrote about. I don't collect those coins except Indian Cents. Those I like the best. Thanks for a good blog I enjoyed it. I appreciate your work!!


Level 5

Looks like I found my next numismatic purchase! Thanks for sharing!


Level 5

My Red & mega red are constantly in use, great info & blog. Later!


Level 5

I have heard a lot about the mega red book. To me it sounds like the same type of book that I talked about, but it covers every single US coin. Hopefully I can get myself a copy sometime, but they are expensive

Kevin Leab

Level 4

I've been wanting to get this book. I have all of the Flying Eagle Cents except for the 1856 of course plus three of the varieties. The Flying Eagle is one of my favorite designs and I only wish it would have lasted longer than it did.


Level 5

To be honest, I kinda like the short Flying eagle cent series, for several reasons. One of the main ones if because there is only 4 main slots to fill, it gives you some cushion in your budget to buy higher grade examples. And in case you didn't know, they also have a version of this book for Civil War Tokens too

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