Mint Director James Ross Snowden directed Longacre and his Assistant Anthony C. Paquet to prepare other cent designs, the result of which were 60-100 12-piece pattern sets (see the Patterns page) and several hundred extras of these test coins. 1858 may have witnessed the striking of more different U.S. cents than any other year. The J-208, now sometimes called the "1858 Indian cent", was the chosen design out of 11 different obverse/reverse die combinations.
1858 Judd-208 Pattern From 12-Piece Experimental Set
The chosen design for the new series