Click to enlargeJ172/P198

The flying eagle cent of 1855 with the reverse with 2 leaves under the 'E' in 'States'. This is one of the first attempts to create a smaller copper cent.



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.