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