Now own America's first small-size cent! Scarce Flying Eagle cents were struck only at the Philadelphia Mint, and only coined for circulation for two short years, in 1857 and 1858 (patterns were struck in 1856). Authorized by the Small Cent Act of 1857, the Flying Eagle cent was popular from the start. When they were first released on May 25, 1857, more than a thousand people waited in a line that wound around the U.S. Mint building. They were so popular that the Mint had to set up booths in the yard to sell the coins to the public. This American classic is a welcome addition to any collection – order today!