Click to enlargeJ172/P198

The flying eagle cent of 1855 with the reverse with 2 leaves under the 'E' in 'States'.

These were apparently struck early in 1855 as per the notation below from the Eckfeldt journal.



"Flying eagle cent struck in Feb 1855, the diameter 1 inch the tail a little small in the wreath; other ways (sic otherwise) the same as those of 1854".

Examples were struck as follows:

Copper/Bronze J172 & J173/P198. Both originals and restrikes are known and are extremely rare showing any red color.

Oroide J174/P199. Its existence is unconfirmed. The Mickley example, lot 2192, may be J169/P194. Metallurgical analysis is recommended.

Copper-nickel J174A/P200. The Mickley 2191-Bushnell example is listed in the reference books but this is not confirmed. This may be German silver or J170-J171/P195-P196 instead.

Nickel J174A/P201. The Mickley 2190-Bushnell example is listed in the reference books but this is not confirmed. This may be German silver or J167A,J170-J171/P195-P197 instead.

Photo courtesy of Bowers and Merena.

Eckfeldt journal image courtesy of Alan Meghrig.