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1857 Flying Eagle 1cent fine details NGC

Flying Eagle Cents
1857 EAGLE 1C MS

Category: Flying Eagle Cents (1856-1858)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 17,450,000
Catalog: KM-85
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.6700g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.


 In 1857, the U.S. Mint produced two different Cents: the old-style Large Cent and a new, smaller cent with an eagle flying left across the obverse. One of the motivating factors for the creation of the new "Small" Cent was the high price of copper. Each new Small Cent required less than half the amount of copper than the Large Cent, yielding significant savings for the U.S. Treasury.

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