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14 Sep 2016

Book Review: A Guide Book of Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents

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In the book "A Guide Book of Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents" author Richard Snow describes the complete history of these coins. He also list the pricing of these coins by date, luster, and grade. Besides pricing the book contains an abundance of high quality photos and even ways to detect counterfeiting. As a bonus, in the book there is a biography of the designer of the Indian Head and Flying Eagle Cents, James Barton Longacre. With this said, Snow is a well know expert on these coins, so it is only fitting for him to write this exclusive "Red Book". It's a great book to read for any numismatists interest in the Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents.

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12 Sep 2016

A Brief History of the Flying Eagle Cent

| The Coin Student

Before 1857 one cent coins were made of large amounts of pure copper and almost the size of modern half dollar coins. Because of the rise in the price of copper and the decrease in the value of cents, due to inflation, the United States Mint decided to reduce the size of the cent. This gave America two sizes of cents, the large and small ones. To reduce the use of copper even further the United States Mint also decided to make cents from an alloy of copper and nickel. This alloy made the cent much lighter in color compared with the bronze cents. To show what the composition of the new metals would look like some half cents were minted with the new alloy.

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