The small cent penny was first minted in 1856 and includes a number of designs and rare dates that’ll make any coin collector eager to collect this dynamic denomination. The first small cent US penny was the Flying Eagle cent (1856-1858), then came the Indian Head cent (1859-1909), and finally the Lincoln cent (1909-present). Yes, our current U.S. penny is a small cent coin. They’re called small cents because Large Cent pennies with a larger diameter came before them (1793-1857).
The white penny was made from 1856 to 1864. It refers to coins that are made of 88% copper and 12% nickel.