The Flying Eagle Cent had the shortest lived series in all U.S. coinage. Introduced in 1856, the Flying Eagle Cent was the first small size cent struck by the U.S. Mint and only had two years of regular issue. Regular production for the Flying Eagle Cent began in 1857 and by 1858 the Mint Director discontinued the design since it was too difficult to strike which resulted in weak strikes with a loss in detail. These Flying Eagle Cents come dated from either 1857 or 1858 in Good to Fine condition.
Designed by James Barton Longacre, the obverse displays a flying eagle, as used on the silver dollars made in the 1830`s designed by Christian Gobrecht and certain 1854 and 1855 pattern cents. The reverse features an agricultural wreath consisting of corn, wheat, cotton, and tobacco leaves with the denomination "ONE CENT" in the center.