This year is marked by the creation of the popular flying eagle small cent of the diameter of today's one cent pieces J180/P218

Several thousand were made in both proof and business strike formats for several years beyond 1856. They were likely a profitable venture for the mint.

Because of the quantity produced, many collectors consider this to be a regular issue and not a pattern.

Additional designs for this piece are also listed under this year but may have actually been made in 1858. These include the dateless J179/P207

and this design with a reverse used in 1858 and 1859.


Half cent pieces were also made in 2 different copper-nickel alloys J177/P205.

Photos used courtesy of Teletrade, Early American History Auctions, Superior and Ebay.

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