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The United States one-cent coin, commonly called a penny, is a unit of currency equaling 1100 of a United States dollar. Its obverse has featured the profile of President Abraham Lincoln since 1909, the centennial of his birth. more...

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Since 1959 (the sesquicentennial of Lincoln's birth), the reverse has featured the Lincoln Memorial. The coin is .75 inches in diameter.

Despite the prevalence of the common term "penny", the U.S. Mint has never actually minted a coin for which this is the official name.

History of composition

See also: History of the Lincoln cent

The cent's composition was changed in 1982 because the value of the copper in the coin started to rise above one cent. Some 1982 cents use the 97.5% zinc composition, while others used the 95% copper composition. In 1943, at the peak of World War II, cents of zinc-plated steel were made for a short time due to war demands for copper; a few (the U.S. Mint reports forty) copper cents from 1943 were produced. Following that year, salvaged ammunition shells made their way into the minting process, and it was not uncommon to see coins featuring streaks of brass or having a considerably darker finish than other issues.

During the early 1970s, the price of copper rose to a point where the penny almost contained more than one cent's worth of copper. This led the Mint to test alternate metals, including aluminum and bronze-clad steel. Aluminum was chosen, and over 1.5 million of these were struck and ready for public release before ultimately being rejected. About a dozen aluminum cents are believed to still be in the hands of collectors, although they are now considered illegal, and are subject to seizure by the Secret Service. One aluminum cent was donated to the Smithsonian Institution.

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2013-S Silver Roosevelt Dime Pr70Dcam Pcgs Proof 70 Deep Cameo2013-S Silver Roosevelt Dime Pr70Dcam Pcgs Proof 70 Deep Cameo $41.00 1943 1C steel Lincoln Cent Mint State High Quality Us Coin From Mint Set (ggg)1943 1C steel Lincoln Cent Mint State High Quality Us Coin From Mint Set (ggg) $8.06
1963 Silver Quarter That Has Toning # 10771963 Silver Quarter That Has Toning # 1077 $15.00 United States Type Cents 412-A 1853 Large Cent 1858 Flying EagleUnited States Type Cents 412-A 1853 Large Cent 1858 Flying Eagle $70.00
1960 D Lincoln Memorial Cent Pcgs Ms 65 Rd Large Date 293338101960 D Lincoln Memorial Cent Pcgs Ms 65 Rd Large Date 29333810 $14.99 Was: $19.99 1926-S Pcgs Genuine Smoothed Xf 'No Reserve' Lincoln Cent A Rare Beauty!1926-S Pcgs Genuine Smoothed Xf 'No Reserve' Lincoln Cent A Rare Beauty! $3.80
1987-S Pcgs Pr69Dcam Constitution Commemorative Silver Dollar! #Ma1987-S Pcgs Pr69Dcam Constitution Commemorative Silver Dollar! #Ma $30.00 Year 5 Indian Cent Struck Through Grease(1905) Anacs Vg 8Year 5 Indian Cent Struck Through Grease(1905) Anacs Vg 8 $59.77
Us Coins Get Two For The Price Of One.Us Coins Get Two For The Price Of One. $0.99 Lot of 25 1918 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Xf/Xf+ Half Roll #50456Lot of 25 1918 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Xf/Xf+ Half Roll #50456 $69.99
2015 D Jfk John F Kennedy President Dollar $25 Bank Bu Roll Live2015 D Jfk John F Kennedy President Dollar $25 Bank Bu Roll Live $34.50 Golden U.S. Dollar First Day of Issue Commemorative Set - 4 setsGolden U.S. Dollar First Day of Issue Commemorative Set - 4 sets $9.99
Coa Silver Rare Early 1707 Old Dutch Colonial New York Lion Dime West Frisia MinCoa Silver Rare Early 1707 Old Dutch Colonial New York Lion Dime West Frisia Min $99.00 Lot of 25 1919 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Vf/Xf+ #50768Lot of 25 1919 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Vf/Xf+ #50768 $49.99
Lot of 10 1929 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Au/Au+ #53125Lot of 10 1929 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Au/Au+ #53125 $39.99 Lot of 10 1909 P Vdb 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Vf/Vf+ w/ Problems 54312Lot of 10 1909 P Vdb 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Vf/Vf+ w/ Problems 54312 $49.99
Lot of 15 1919 S 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Au/Au+ w/Minor Problems #53138Lot of 15 1919 S 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Au/Au+ w/Minor Problems #53138 $109.99 3 Silver War Nickels 1942-1945 Us Old Lot Us Minted Silver Use to Barter With!3 Silver War Nickels 1942-1945 Us Old Lot Us Minted Silver Use to Barter With! $5.84
Lot of 25 1919 S 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Au/Au+ #53140Lot of 25 1919 S 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Au/Au+ #53140 $239.99 2008-P Bu Jefferson Nickel Roll2008-P Bu Jefferson Nickel Roll $4.95
2015 D Saratoga New York Park Quarter $10 Bu Roll Ready To Ship2015 D Saratoga New York Park Quarter $10 Bu Roll Ready To Ship $14.99 1817/3 Half Dollar Graded1817/3 Half Dollar Graded $439.99
2015 P Homestead Nebraska Park Quarter $10 Bu Roll Ready To Ship2015 P Homestead Nebraska Park Quarter $10 Bu Roll Ready To Ship $15.99 2015 John F. Kennedy Coin and Chronicles Set in Original Mint Packaging2015 John F. Kennedy Coin and Chronicles Set in Original Mint Packaging $54.95
1942 S Jefferson Silver War Nickel Pcgs Ms65 Classic Graded Coin 41942 S Jefferson Silver War Nickel Pcgs Ms65 Classic Graded Coin 4 $19.99 1787 M 6.1-m Laughing Head Connecticut Colonial Copper Coin1787 M 6.1-m Laughing Head Connecticut Colonial Copper Coin $1,500.00
1971 thru 1979 S Kennedy Half Dollars - Proof1971 thru 1979 S Kennedy Half Dollars - Proof $3.54 1985 United States Proof Coin Set1985 United States Proof Coin Set $7.00
Toned 2006 S Clad Proof Nebraska State Quarter #W15212Toned 2006 S Clad Proof Nebraska State Quarter #W15212 $3.95 Lot of 50 1927 S 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Vf/Vf+ Weak Reverse #49384Lot of 50 1927 S 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Vf/Vf+ Weak Reverse #49384 $129.99
Lot of 50 1932 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies F/F+ Roll #50889Lot of 50 1932 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies F/F+ Roll #50889 $99.99 Nice 1927 S Buffalo Nickel Grades Very Good/ Very Fine Weak Obverse Stk# Px33Nice 1927 S Buffalo Nickel Grades Very Good/ Very Fine Weak Obverse Stk# Px33 $20.00
1945 Mercury Dime 10C Ms 67 Ngc Certified1945 Mercury Dime 10C Ms 67 Ngc Certified $64.99 1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar, Blazing Beauty!1881-S Morgan Silver Dollar, Blazing Beauty! $55.00
1898 Liberty 5c Anacs Proof-63 Very Choice 19Th Century Proof With Light Tone1898 Liberty 5c Anacs Proof-63 Very Choice 19Th Century Proof With Light Tone $189.77 1928 D Pcgs Ms 63 Bn 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Brown #543361928 D Pcgs Ms 63 Bn 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Brown #54336 $54.99
1919 S Buffalo Nickel* Free Us Shipping *1919 S Buffalo Nickel* Free Us Shipping * $95.00 1968 P Lincoln Memorial Cent Pcgs Ms 64 Rd 313389701968 P Lincoln Memorial Cent Pcgs Ms 64 Rd 31338970 $14.99 Was: $19.99
2012 S - 2013 S - 2014 - 2015 S Proof Native American Sacagawea Dollars2012 S - 2013 S - 2014 - 2015 S Proof Native American Sacagawea Dollars $42.98 1899 O Morgan Silver Dollar #452653/31899 O Morgan Silver Dollar #452653/3 $25.50
1928 D Pcgs Ms 63 Rb 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Red Brown #543381928 D Pcgs Ms 63 Rb 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Red Brown #54338 $69.99 1970 Ngc Ms66 Rd Mac-Fms Full Memorial Step Lincoln Cent, 2nd Finest Registry1970 Ngc Ms66 Rd Mac-Fms Full Memorial Step Lincoln Cent, 2nd Finest Registry $45.49 Was: $64.99
Lot Of 42 Indian Head Pennies, Various Grades 1880-1907Lot Of 42 Indian Head Pennies, Various Grades 1880-1907 $60.00 Lot of 40 1927 S 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies F/F+ #49400Lot of 40 1927 S 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies F/F+ #49400 $64.99
1937 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Au+ Red/Brown w/ Clipped Planchet #503401937 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Au+ Red/Brown w/ Clipped Planchet #50340 $3.99 2015 D Bombay Hook Delaware Parkway Park Quarter $10 Bu Roll Live2015 D Bombay Hook Delaware Parkway Park Quarter $10 Bu Roll Live $14.99
1936-D San Diego Half Dollar 50C - Ngc Ms67 Cac Pq - Rare in
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 Ms67 - $1,775 Value1936-D San Diego Half Dollar 50C - Ngc Ms67 Cac Pq - Rare in 00004000 Ms67 - $1,775 Value $888.30 Was: $945.00 2015 P Saratoga New York Park Quarter $10 Bu Roll Live2015 P Saratoga New York Park Quarter $10 Bu Roll Live $15.99
Lot of 100 1913 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies F/F+ with Problems 2 Roll #49797Lot of 100 1913 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies F/F+ with Problems 2 Roll #49797 $74.99 Au58 Anacs 1921 Top 100 Vam 27A Infrequently Reeded Morgan Silver Dollar CoinAu58 Anacs 1921 Top 100 Vam 27A Infrequently Reeded Morgan Silver Dollar Coin $109.95
Lot of 8 1918 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Au/Au+ #50462Lot of 8 1918 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Au/Au+ #50462 $39.99 (2 Coins) 1934 Bu And 1934-D Au Buffalo Nickels Lot Id# Cc990(2 Coins) 1934 Bu And 1934-D Au Buffalo Nickels Lot Id# Cc990 $80.00
1944 Lincoln Wheat Penny Clip Error1944 Lincoln Wheat Penny Clip Error $1.95 1865 2 Cent Fancy 5 Anacs Au50 Details1865 2 Cent Fancy 5 Anacs Au50 Details $34.77
2015 D $25 Native American Dollar $25 Government Roll Live2015 D $25 Native American Dollar $25 Government Roll Live $33.99 1903 Indian Head Cent Bu 4Dia. (A12786)1903 Indian Head Cent Bu 4Dia. (A12786) $64.95
Lot of 25 1920 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Au/Au+ with Problems #50950Lot of 25 1920 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Au/Au+ with Problems #50950 $74.99 u.s.coins1950D Bu uncirculated jefferson nickel almost full stepsu.s.coins1950D Bu uncirculated jefferson nickel almost full steps $15.95
1964 Kennedy Half Dollar, Ngc Pr-691964 Kennedy Half Dollar, Ngc Pr-69 $145.00 Lot of 150 1920 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Vf/Xf w/Problems 3 Rolls #50957*Lot of 150 1920 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Vf/Xf w/Problems 3 Rolls #50957* $59.99
Nice original 1921 S silver Morgan dollar coin (#34J)*Nice original 1921 S silver Morgan dollar coin (#34J)* $26.87 1976-S 10C (Proof) Roosevelt Dime Us Collectible Coin1976-S 10C (Proof) Roosevelt Dime Us Collectible Coin $2.29
2007 Us Mint 50 Sf State Quarters Proof Set Uncirculated with box and Coa2007 Us Mint 50 Sf State Quarters Proof Set Uncirculated with box and Coa $2.99 1865 Two Cent Piece Fine1865 Two Cent Piece Fine $17.65
1834 Capped Bust Half Dime, Vg/F Condition, No Reserve, Free Shipping! - C2101834 Capped Bust Half Dime, Vg/F Condition, No Reserve, Free Shipping! - C210 $49.00 Lot of 7 1924 S 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Xf/Xf+ with Problems #53067Lot of 7 1924 S 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Xf/Xf+ with Problems #53067 $69.99
2015 D Louisiana Kisatchie Park Quarter $10 Bu Roll Live2015 D Louisiana Kisatchie Park Quarter $10 Bu Roll Live $14.99 1970 S Proof Roosevelt Dime 10 Cents United States Coin1970 S Proof Roosevelt Dime 10 Cents United States Coin $1.00
2015 D Harry Truman President Dollar $25 Bank Bu Roll Live2015 D Harry Truman President Dollar $25 Bank Bu Roll Live $34.50 1899 O Morgan Silver Dollar #312691-41899 O Morgan Silver Dollar #312691-4 $25.50
1895 Us Barber silver Quarters in good Condition - Price per Each1895 Us Barber silver Quarters in good Condition - Price per Each $10.00 1979 P Susan B Anthony Dollar1979 P Susan B Anthony Dollar $5.00
1939-S Jefferson Nickel Semi-Key Date *Uncirculated!* Free Shipping!1939-S Jefferson Nickel Semi-Key Date *Uncirculated!* Free Shipping! $19.99 1972-D Ike Dollar Anacs Ms 641972-D Ike Dollar Anacs Ms 64 $12.77
1962 Franklin Half Dollar Pcgs Pr-671962 Franklin Half Dollar Pcgs Pr-67 $50.00 1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar $7.75
1934 Indian Head Buffalo Nickel ~ F Fine ~ Us Coin1934 Indian Head Buffalo Nickel ~ F Fine ~ Us Coin $2.25 1918 D Buffalo Nickel Vg/F1918 D Buffalo Nickel Vg/F $16.45
2015 United States Full 14 Coin Proof Set Original Box And Coa2015 United States Full 14 Coin Proof Set Original Box And Coa $38.99 1973 thru 1978 S * Eisenhower Ike Dollars * Clad Proof1973 thru 1978 S * Eisenhower Ike Dollars * Clad Proof $9.99
1901 Barber Dime ~ Rainbow Toned ~ colorful !1901 Barber Dime ~ Rainbow Toned ~ colorful ! $5.50 1874/3 Indian California Gold Half Dollar 50C Bg-943 R4 - Ngc Uncirculated (Ms)!1874/3 Indian California Gold Half Dollar 50C Bg-943 R4 - Ngc Uncirculated (Ms)! $371.30 Was: $395.00
1885 O Morgan Silver Dollar. Ngc Ms64. Belly Button Variety. Light Toning on rim1885 O Morgan Silver Dollar. Ngc Ms64. Belly Button Variety. Light Toning on rim $110.00 1951 10C Roosevelt Dime1951 10C Roosevelt Dime $5.00
1909 Vdb Lincoln Wheat Small Cent * Uncirculated Red Beauty * Gorgeous Coin1909 Vdb Lincoln Wheat Small Cent * Uncirculated Red Beauty * Gorgeous Coin $200.00 1968-D Kennedy Half Dollar Anacs Ms631968-D Kennedy Half Dollar Anacs Ms63 $12.77
1940 1C Rd Lincoln Cent Mint State High Quality Us Coin From Mint Set (ggg)1940 1C Rd Lincoln Cent Mint State High Quality Us Coin From Mint Set (ggg) $8.06 2004 P Lewis & Clark Silver Commemorative Dollar Ngc Ms 70 Graded certified $2004 P Lewis & Clark Silver Commemorative Dollar Ngc Ms 70 Graded certified $ $47.99
Lot of 100 1913 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Lower Grade 2 Rolls #49756Lot of 100 1913 P 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies Lower Grade 2 Rolls #49756 $59.99 1951-D Franklin Pcgs Ms-66 Fbl ! Registry Set Spectacular. Colors & Luster +1951-D Franklin Pcgs Ms-66 Fbl ! Registry Set Spectacular. Colors & Luster + $995.00
Lot of 15 1916 S 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies F/F+ #54120Lot of 15 1916 S 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pennies F/F+ #54120 $49.99 2014 Coin & Chronicles Set - Franklin D. Roosevelt in Original Mint Packaging2014 Coin & Chronicles Set - Franklin D. Roosevelt in Original Mint Packaging $59.03
1919 D Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny(Nice Semi-Key Date Collector Coin)Free S&H1919 D Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny(Nice Semi-Key Date Collector Coin)Free S&H $0.51 1925 D Buffalo Nickel, Fine Condition, Free Shipping!1925 D Buffalo Nickel, Fine Condition, Free Shipping! $36.95
Twentieth Century Type SetTwentieth Century Type Set $169.00 Raw 1912-S Liberty Head V Nickel 5CRaw 1912-S Liberty Head V Nickel 5C $352.41 Was: $374.90
Raw 1794 Flowing Hair Large Cent 1C Early Copper Uncertified Ungraded Circ CoinRaw 1794 Flowing Hair Large Cent 1C Early Copper Uncertified Ungraded Circ Coin $356.21 Was: $378.95 1967 United States Special Mint Set Government - 010571967 United States Special Mint Set Government - 01057 $9.95
1955 Us Proof Set1955 Us Proof Set $81.05 E11-5 1986P Bu Lincoln Memorial Roll of 50 Pennies Cents 1986 P 86 86p UncE11-5 1986P Bu Lincoln Memorial Roll of 50 Pennies Cents 1986 P 86 86p Unc $10.87 Was: $14.49
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