Click to enlargeJ165B/P191

Longacre's flying eagle design. This was apparently copied from Christian Gobrecht's dollar and half dollar patterns in the late 1830s. This is one of the first attempts to create a smaller copper cent.

This obverse was combined with 3 different reverse designs. On this one, there are three leaves beneath the "E" in "States". Unlike the other 2 reverses, this was only used on this design. As the central portion of the illustrated piece appears weak, it was likely rejected.

Examples are known as follows:

Copper J165A/P191 with at least 3 known.

Bronze J165B/P191 with at least 3 known.

To see all 3 reverses side by side, click here.

Photo courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution.