The total estimated mintage across original coins and restrikes ranges from 1,500 to as many as 3,000. This is considerably higher than the typical production level for a pattern piece. Most patterns are made in small numbers for in house evaluation, but in this situation the patterns were produced in larger quantity to ensure the passage of the authorizing legislation. The restrikes made in later years were produced for distribution to interested collectors.
Despite the fact that the 1856 Flying Eagle Cent has one of the highest mintages for a pattern coin, most collectors view the coin as a rarity and consider it to be part of a complete set of Flying Eagle Cents. This perception of rarity and the continued popularity of the issue contribute to high prices even for well worn examples.