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1857 Flying Eagle Cent Nice F
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Set of 39 Indian Head  Flying Eagle Cents With Most Keys in Dansco Album
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Dansco US Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cent Coin Album 1857 1909 7101
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1857 Flying Eagle Cent 1C NGC AU Details Rare Early Certified Penny
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Dansco US Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cent Coin Album 1857 1909 7101
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1858 Flying Eagle Cent 1C PCGS XF40 EF40 Rare Early Certified Penny
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1858 Flying Eagle Cent Circulated 9986
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1857 Flying Eagle Cent Nice Strike Sharp Choice BU+ Great Coin  Free S H
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1858 1C Flying Eagle Cent Minor Die Rotation REVERSE G+ DETAILS
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1857 G 1C FLYING EAGLE CENT
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1857 Flying Eagle Cent VG F
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Sharp Very Fine+ VF+ details 1858 Large Letter Flying Eagle 1C cent copper penny
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Indian Head Cent 48 Coins Collection Including Flying Eagle Cents 1856 1909 JK
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Chocolate brown Very Good+ 1858 Small Letter Flying Eagle 1C cent copper penny
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Chocolate brown Good+ to VG 1858 Small Letter Flying Eagle 1C cent copper penny
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Nice chocolate brown Good+ weak obverse 1857 Flying Eagle 1C cent copper penny
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Nice chocolate brown VG+ to Fine 1857 LL Flying Eagle 1C cent copper penny
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Nice chocolate brown Fine 1857 LL Flying Eagle 1C cent copper penny
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Vintage Liberty Bell Flying Eagle 1 Oz 999 Fine Silver Round CM Crown Mint
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Choice chocolate brown Fine+ VF 1857 LL Flying Eagle 1C cent copper penny
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1857 Flying Eagle Cent Fine 1c Copper Nickel
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Flying Eagle

Small Cents Replace Large Cents

Around the middle of the nineteenth century, the United States Mint faced up to the mounting problems of the one cent denomination. They were increasingly unpopular with the public due to their size and weight. The coins were often considered filthy. Because the coins were not legal tender, they were often rejected by banks who would only accept silver and gold coinage. Sometimes the cents were accepted but only at a discounted rate. Finally, the rising cost of copper had made the large cent unprofitable for the mint to produce. It cost about $1.06 to produce 100 cents.

A number of different allows were considered as a way of correcting the problem. This included so called German silver, consisting of copper, nickel, zinc, tin, and antimony; billon, consisting of 10% silver and 90% copper; and various alloys of nickel, copper and zinc. The Mint Director eventually decided on an alloy of 88% copper and 12% nickel.

The new composition coins would feature a different size and a new design. The design approved for the coins was a rendition of a flying eagle after the silver dollar design from Christian Gobrecht in the 1830's. The reverse would feature an agricultural wreath of corn, wheat, cotton, and tobacco. This design was created by James B. Longacre.

A large number of patterns were prepared for the new Flying Eagle Cents before official production for circulation would begin. There were some concerns that the new format would be rejected by the public, so these patterns were distributed to members of Congress and others for evaluation and approval. The pieces were ultimately accepted.

When the new flying eagle cents were ready for release, the Mint set up booths to exchange old copper cents or silver for the new small sized cents. Thousands of people lined up for the release and newspapers carried stories about the new coins. Some of the new coins, popularly referred to as "nickels," were even sold on the street for greater than face value.

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