Flying Eagle Cents

Indian Head Cents

Lincoln Cents

Liberty Head Nickels

Indian Head (Buffalo) Nickels

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Barber Dimes

Winged Liberty Dimes

Roosevelt Dimes

Barber Quarter Dollar

Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar

Washington Quarter Dollars
    Original Series: 1932-1999

Washington Quarter Dollars
    50-States Comm Series: 1999-2008

Washington Quarter Dollars
    DC & Territories: 2009

Washington Quarter Dollars
    America the Beautiful: 2010-ongoing

Barber Half Dollars

Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Franklin Half Dollars

Kennedy Half Dollars

Morgan Dollars

Peace Dollars

Eisenhower Dollars

Susan B. Anthony Dollars

Sacagawea Dollars

Presidential Dollars

Flying Eagle Cents

This short-lived series (just three years) was our first "small" cent. The "large" copper cent had been produced from the beginning of US government coin production starting in 1793. By the 1850's, however, the cost of producing and distributing them exceeded their intrinsic value, and the public was dissatisfied with their size and weight, so a change was ordered by congress in 1856. The new coin would be 27% smaller and 63% lighter as shown in the following specifications.

Large Cent (Predecessor coin 1793-1857)
  • Composition: 100% copper
  • Diameter: 26-27 mm
  • Weight: 13.48 grams (~34 coins per pound)
Flying Eagle Cent
  • Composition: 88% copper, 12% nickel
  • Diameter: 19 mm
  • Weight: 4.67 grams (~97 coins per pound)

There were relatively few small cents minted in 1856: they were probably struck to test the minting process and gauge public reaction. In 1857, over 17 million small cents were minted, and in 1858 the number climbed to more than 24 million.

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