United States – 1 Cent “Flying Eagle Cent” – 1857
Throughout the 1840’s, producing copper cents became increasingly expensive for the US Mint. In 1849, the price of copper rose significantly, making the situation even worse. Throughout the next few years, the Mint explored various alternatives. Finally, beginning in 1857, smaller one-cent coins were produced. They featured an eagle on the front, unlike older coins that depicted an allegory of Liberty. However, they were difficult to strike, and in 1859, were replaced by Indian head cents.