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"The Mint Act of February 21, 1857, replaced the old copper large cent with a small-diameter cent designed by Chief Engraver James B. Longacre. His new motif used a flying eagle combined with an agricultural wreath. Flying Eagle cents were produced for circulation only in 1857 and 1858. The Indian Head cents of 1859 had a laurel or olive wreath ( the Mint used both terms ) on the reverse. In 1860 this was changed to an oak-wreath-and-shield motif." - Whitman Publishing
Composition: Flying Eagle and Indian Head, 1859 - 1864 : 88% copper, 12% nickel; Indian Head, 1964 - 1909: 95% copper, 5% tin and zinc. Diameter: 19 mm Weight: Both designs, 1857 - 1864: 4.67 grams; Indian Head, 1864 - 1909: 3.11 grams. Edge: Plain