Flying Eagle Cents
1857 EAGLE 1C MS
Category: Flying Eagle Cents (1856-1858)
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
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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