Oobie's Blog

03 Jun 2020

The Flight of the Flying Eagle Cent

Young Numismatists Exchange | Oobie

On September 16, 1844, President John Tyler commissioned James B. Longacre to be the fourth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. From the oddball Two Cent and Three Cent coins to the Shield Nickel and Indian Head Cents, Longacre designed some of the most iconic coins in the Mint's history. As Chief Engraver, Longacre was tasked with designing the first Small Cent to be produced in the US Mint; the design Longacre produced is known as the "Flying Eagle Cent."

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