1857-1858 Flying Eagle
The Flying Eagle Small Cent was only minted for two years, from 1857 to 1858. Designed by James B. Longacre, the obverse of the coin depicts an eagle in flight. The reverse of the coin displays the words “One Cent” surrounded by a wreath.
In 1858, the U.S. Mint produced both a “large letter” and “small letter” variety, with two different dies to letter “United States of America.” An easy way to differentiate the large letter and small letter varieties is to look at the word “America.” In the large letter variety, the letters A and M are joined, in the small letter variety these letters are not joined.
Composition: 87.5% Copper, 12.5% Nickel
Small Cents: 1857-1858 Flying Eagle