Composition and Specifications

Flying Eagle Cents were struck in a composition of 88% copper and 12% nickel. The pieces carry a standard weight of 72 grains, or 4.67 grams, and have a diameter of 19 mm. All pieces were struck at the Philadelphia Mint and have a plain edge.

These first cents tend to tone various shades 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, short-lived 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