The Flying Eagle Cent was the first small size cent struck by the U.S. Mint. In 1857, regular production of the Flying Eagle Cent began and the coin went into circulation. By the end of 1858 Mint Director Snowden was unhappy with the design`s tendency to produce weak strikes and loss of detail, this motivated him to have the coin redesigned. The Flying Eagle was retired in 1858 leaving the coin with just two years of regular issue, the shortest lived series in all U.S. coinage. These 1857 Flying Eagle Cents come in Good to Fine condition.