Composition and Specifications

The first small cent was struck in a composition of 88% copper and 12% nickel. Uncirculated pieces weigh 4.67 grams, or approximately 72 grains. They have a diameter of 19 mm (modeled after the British penny) and all have a plain edge. As all were coined at the Philadelphia Mint, none display mintmarks.

Flying Eagle Cents tend to tone various degrees of brown, often a light grayish brown that is appreciated by many collectors. Finding choice, original pieces can be challenging and cherry picking is advised for collectors seeking quality examples of this popular series.

Dates: 1856-1858
Mint Mark: none
Composition: 88% copper, 12% nickel
Weight: 4.67 grams
Diameter: 19 mm
Edge: plain
Designer: James B. Longacre