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U.S. Flying Eagle Cent (1857-1858) // Icons of American Coinage Series // Deluxe Display Box

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The Flying Eagle Cent is a vintage American coin minted from 1856 to 1858. Today, they are seldom seen in circulation but are cherished by coin collectors and enthusiasts of American history alike. Offered here is a pleasant example of hand
selected by professional numismatists after screening thousands of coins for quality and eye appeal.
Each coin is housed in an airtight capsule and presented in a plush-lined box with a display easel, magnetic lid, and certificate of authenticity. The coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be genuine, dated 1857 or 1858, and will match the quality of the one shown. If you are interested in building a collection, consider adding other great selections from the Icons of American, Coinage Series to compliment your purchase.


About the Flying Eagle Cent
In the first half of the 18th century, one-cent coins were large, clunky copper pieces nearly the size of a modern half dollar. By 1856, the cost of producing these copper coins rose so high that the U.S. mint was forced to significantly reduce the size of the one-cent coin. On May 25th, 1857 the mint debuted a new small diameter cent, the Flying Eagle cent, which was the same size as our modern-day Lincoln cent. The obverse of an eagle in flight is based on that of the Gobrecht dollar, struck in small quantities from 1836 to 1839. Although Gobrecht's model is not known
with certainty, some sources state that the bird in flight was based on “Peter the Eagle,” a tame American Bald Eagle kept by Philadelphia Mint workers from 1830-1836.
Peter stayed in the Mint building during the day and was let out to fly around the city at night. His wing was eventually caught up in machinery and he was accidentally killed. The revered bird was stuffed and is still displayed at the Philadelphia Mint today. The reverse of the coin features a wreath of corn, cotton, wheat, and tobacco-agricultural products of both the North and South.
Unfortunately, due to difficulties in production and issues with strike quality, this new scent was quickly abandoned and replaced by the Indian Head cent, which was minted through 1909. Longacre’s famous eagle design has been long admired by collectors who seek to complete this short, but difficult 3-year series.

 

HISTORY OF THE FLYING EAGLE CENT
In the first half of the 18th century, one-cent coins were large, clunky copper pieces nearly the size of a modern half dollar. By 1856, the cost of producing these copper coins rose so high that the U.S. mint was forced to significantly reduce its size. In 1857, the mint debuted a new small diameter cent, the Flying Eagle cent, which was the same size as our modern-day cent. The obverse of an eagle in flight is believed to have been modeled after “Peter the Eagle," a tame Bald Eagle kept by Philadelphia Mint workers from 1830-1836. Peter stayed in the mint during the day and was let out to fly at night. His wing was eventually caught in machinery and he was accidentally killed. The revered bird was stuffed and is still displayed at the mint today. The reverse of the coin features a wreath of corn, cotton, wheat, and tobacco-
co-agricultural products of both the North and South. Unfortunately, due to difficulties in production and issues with strike quality, this new scent was quickly abandoned and replaced by the Indian Head cent, which was minted through 1909. Longacre's famous eagle design has been long admired by collectors who seek to complete this short, but difficult 3-year series.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Type: Flying Eagle Cent (1856-1858)
Designer: James Barton Longacre
Weight: 4.7 grams
Diameter: 19.0 mm
Composition: 88% Copper, 12% Nickel
Obverse Design: Eagle in flight
Obverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / DATE
Reverse Design: Wreath of cotton, corn, wheat, and tobacco.
Reverse Inscription: ONE CENT 3 x 3 x 1

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The Flying Eagle Cent is a vintage American coin minted from 1856 to 1858. Today, they are seldom seen in circulation but are cherished by coin collectors and enthusiasts of American history alike. Offered here is a pleasant example of hand
selected by professional numismatists after screening thousands of coins for quality and eye appeal.
Each coin is housed in an airtight capsule and presented in a plush-lined box with a display easel, magnetic lid, and certificate of authenticity. The coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be genuine, dated 1857 or 1858, and will match the quality of the one shown. If you are interested in building a collection, consider adding other great selections from the Icons of American, Coinage Series to compliment your purchase.


About the Flying Eagle Cent
In the first half of the 18th century, one-cent coins were large, clunky copper pieces nearly the size of a modern half dollar. By 1856, the cost of producing these copper coins rose so high that the U.S. mint was forced to significantly reduce the size of the one-cent coin. On May 25th, 1857 the mint debuted a new small diameter cent, the Flying Eagle cent, which was the same size as our modern-day Lincoln cent. The obverse of an eagle in flight is based on that of the Gobrecht dollar, struck in small quantities from 1836 to 1839. Although Gobrecht's model is not known
with certainty, some sources state that the bird in flight was based on “Peter the Eagle,” a tame American Bald Eagle kept by Philadelphia Mint workers from 1830-1836.
Peter stayed in the Mint building during the day and was let out to fly around the city at night. His wing was eventually caught up in machinery and he was accidentally killed. The revered bird was stuffed and is still displayed at the Philadelphia Mint today. The reverse of the coin features a wreath of corn, cotton, wheat, and tobacco-agricultural products of both the North and South.
Unfortunately, due to difficulties in production and issues with strike quality, this new scent was quickly abandoned and replaced by the Indian Head cent, which was minted through 1909. Longacre’s famous eagle design has been long admired by collectors who seek to complete this short, but difficult 3-year series.

 

HISTORY OF THE FLYING EAGLE CENT
In the first half of the 18th century, one-cent coins were large, clunky copper pieces nearly the size of a modern half dollar. By 1856, the cost of producing these copper coins rose so high that the U.S. mint was forced to significantly reduce its size. In 1857, the mint debuted a new small diameter cent, the Flying Eagle cent, which was the same size as our modern-day cent. The obverse of an eagle in flight is believed to have been modeled after “Peter the Eagle," a tame Bald Eagle kept by Philadelphia Mint workers from 1830-1836. Peter stayed in the mint during the day and was let out to fly at night. His wing was eventually caught in machinery and he was accidentally killed. The revered bird was stuffed and is still displayed at the mint today. The reverse of the coin features a wreath of corn, cotton, wheat, and tobacco-
co-agricultural products of both the North and South. Unfortunately, due to difficulties in production and issues with strike quality, this new scent was quickly abandoned and replaced by the Indian Head cent, which was minted through 1909. Longacre's famous eagle design has been long admired by collectors who seek to complete this short, but difficult 3-year series.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Type: Flying Eagle Cent (1856-1858)
Designer: James Barton Longacre
Weight: 4.7 grams
Diameter: 19.0 mm
Composition: 88% Copper, 12% Nickel
Obverse Design: Eagle in flight
Obverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / DATE
Reverse Design: Wreath of cotton, corn, wheat, and tobacco.
Reverse Inscription: ONE CENT 3 x 3 x 1

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