1857 Flying Eagle Cent US
In 1857 we bid farewell to bulky large cents, and welcomed smaller one cent pieces. Actually, the limited number of Flying Eagle pennies that were made in 1856 served as patterns and weren’t authorized as an official U.S. Mint issue. As the first issue of small cents for circulation, the 1857 Flying Eagle Cents were coined in huge numbers for the period.
The 1857 Flying Eagle is made from copper-nickel, it portrays a Flying Eagle on the obverse and the reverse features the words “ONE CENT” inside a wreath around the perimeter of the coin. Because the Flying Eagle is often collected as a type coin and was minted as an authorized issue for only two years, many coin collectors jump on the 1857 Flying Eagle cent and its 1858 counterpart.
Since this was a new design, as stated above, the Mint produced record numbers of the Flying Eagle Cents. The Flying Eagle is the first cent with over 10 million coins minted. Due to much interest from collectors and the public, large amounts were saved, which makes this coin somewhat easy to find today.