Why are mint state flying eagle cents so scarce!? I don't understand this series at all. First of all with such a short lived series, you would have thought everybody would've saved these in large quantities like every other first and last year coin. The mintage figures were not small. 17 million in 1857 and 24+mil in 1858. There should be rolls and rolls of mint state examples that nobody wants. This should be one of the easiest, and cheapest of the small cents to acquire for a type set. Instead, everything you find is well worn, beat up, low eye appeal, cleaned, messed with. (Until you're ready to break out 500 to a grand+.) Why does it take hundreds of dollars just to get a half way decent looking one? Anybody who thinks the hobby is dying, go buy yourself a MS-62 or higher flying eagle. See what they're giving them away for these days. lol Even nice AU examples are rare. Next question. Why does NGC not give RD, RB, or BN designation to flying eagles?