By the early 1850s, the large cent (about the size of a half dollar) being issued by the Mint was becoming both unpopular in commerce and expensive to coin.

Flying Eagle Cent 1856-1858

Item No. WW22-M6787
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After experimenting with various sizes and compositions, the Mint decided on an alloy of 88% copper and 12% nickel for a new, smaller cent. After the Mint produced patterns with an 1856 date and gave them to legislators and officials, Congress formally authorized the new piece in February 1857.
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Brand The Matthew Mint
Condition New
Model Number SW-136
Part Number SW-136
UPC N/A
Product Tags: M6787, Flying Eagle Cent 1856-1858, SW-136, coin, coins, collectors, mint, the matthew mint, collectibles, silver
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