The very rare and collectible Flying Eagle Cent enjoyed a brief period of production from only 1856 to 1858, making existing specimens of these United States coins very rare and very interesting to collect. Designed by James B. Longacre, sculptor of the famed Indian Head design during the pre Civil War Era, this cent piece also holds the distinction of being the first small-sized cent piece produced by the United States Mint. Another unique aspect of this historical American coin is that its obverse design features an eagle in flight, a subject usually reserved for the reverse side of American coins of this era. Only 700 coins were minted in Philidelphia in 1856, making these a very rare and highly sought-after coin by collectors.
The reverse side of the coin features the words ONE CENT encircled by a wreath that looks very similar to the Wheat Cent minted until 1958. These coins were so popular with the public that even at the time of their issuance, they began selling for $2 each, a hefty sum that would total almost $50 today. The mint began reproducing them in 1858, but still produced only 1,500 strikes in proof format. In addition, the mint produced both large and small letter types that can be distinguished by examining the word AMERICA where, in the large-letter variety, the A and M letters are joined. These coins are composed of a combination alloy of 88% copper and 12% nickel, and therefore, they are less brown than current one-cent pennies. These very rare and interesting one cent pieces are highly prized by collectors due to their extremely limited release, very unique obverse design, and their age. We know you will enjoy this handsome American coin from the 19th Century.
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