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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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1925 Peace Dollar Silver - Part Of A Full Set, Stunning Bu - #X1841925 Peace Dollar Silver - Part Of A Full Set, Stunning Bu - #X184 $39.95 (100) 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar United States Coins with nice Details(100) 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar United States Coins with nice Details $2,595.95
1916-S Wheat Penny / Au-Uncirculated Red/Brown / (W144)1916-S Wheat Penny / Au-Uncirculated Red/Brown / (W144) $2.13 1886 Toned Morgan Silver Dollar $1 - Pcgs Ms65 - Nice Rainbow Toning!1886 Toned Morgan Silver Dollar $1 - Pcgs Ms65 - Nice Rainbow Toning! $324.30 Was: $345.00
1883 S Morgan Silver Dollar Coin #2203 $Hi-Grade$Genuine Us Mint$Rare Key Date1883 S Morgan Silver Dollar Coin #2203 $Hi-Grade$Genuine Us Mint$Rare Key Date $23.50 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition $1 Gold Coin1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition $1 Gold Coin $202.50
1907-D Barber Half : Pcgs Au531907-D Barber Half : Pcgs Au53 $449.99 1995 P Kennedy Half dollar. Circulated, Free Shipping.1995 P Kennedy Half dollar. Circulated, Free Shipping. $2.15
Vintage Usa Liberty Bell Franklin Half Dollar Domed Button 1951Vintage Usa Liberty Bell Franklin Half Dollar Domed Button 1951 $67.27 1878-P Rev 79 Morgan Dollar Us Mint Rare Date Silver Coin High Grade Pq Stunner1878-P Rev 79 Morgan Dollar Us Mint Rare Date Silver Coin High Grade Pq Stunner $99.00
1994 S Jefferson Nickel Deep Cameo Gem Proof No Reserve1994 S Jefferson Nickel Deep Cameo Gem Proof No Reserve $0.75 1964 D Silver Kennedy Half Dollar - Beautifully Toned Toning1964 D Silver Kennedy Half Dollar - Beautifully Toned Toning $24.95
1943-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar Unc Us Mint Gem Pq Silver Coin Bu Ms+1943-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar Unc Us Mint Gem Pq Silver Coin Bu Ms+ $59.00 1 Roll Wheat Pennies 1909-1958 No Duplicates #Bn23151 Roll Wheat Pennies 1909-1958 No Duplicates #Bn2315 $6.50
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Kennedy Mint Roll Set2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Kennedy Mint Roll Set $41.49 1951 Washington Quarter Gem Bu Rainbow Toned Coin! #11951 Washington Quarter Gem Bu Rainbow Toned Coin! #1 $19.97
1886-O Morgan Dollar Rare Key Date Us Mint Silver Estate Coin 90%1886-O Morgan Dollar Rare Key Date Us Mint Silver Estate Coin 90% $47.00 1909 Vdb Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny - L@K - #X4971909 Vdb Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny - L@K - #X497 $9.95
1898-P Morgan Dollar Uncirculated Us Mint Pq Silver Coin Unc Ms1898-P Morgan Dollar Uncirculated Us Mint Pq Silver Coin Unc Ms $49.00 1877 Seated Liberty Half Dollar 50c (Lf4611) * Fair *1877 Seated Liberty Half Dollar 50c (Lf4611) * Fair * $21.99
1895 O Barber Liberty Head Silver Half Dollar1895 O Barber Liberty Head Silver Half Dollar $36.99 1914 Barber Half : Pcgs G041914 Barber Half : Pcgs G04 $134.99
1854 G$1 Type 2 Au55 Ngc1854 G$1 Type 2 Au55 Ngc $1,850.00 1867 *W/ Rays* Shield Nickel / Low Mintage! / (Sn301)1867 *W/ Rays* Shield Nickel / Low Mintage! / (Sn301) $2.98
(3) Capped Bust Half Dime Lot / Partial Dates / 3 Coins (Chd22)(3) Capped Bust Half Dime Lot / Partial Dates / 3 Coins (Chd22) $29.98 1893-O Morgan Silver Dollar $1 - Ngc Vf30 - Rare Key Date - Certified Coin1893-O Morgan Silver Dollar $1 - Ngc Vf30 - Rare Key Date - Certified Coin $437.10 Was: $465.00
1976 D Type 2 Eisenhower Dollar Choice/Gem Bu from mint sets No Reserve1976 D Type 2 Eisenhower Dollar Choice/Gem Bu from mint sets No Reserve $2.49 1916-D Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny Ngc Ms-63 Slabbed Blue Toned - #L1916-D Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny Ngc Ms-63 Slabbed Blue Toned - #L $304.00 Was: $380.00
1890 S Morgan Silver Dollar Coin #1866 $Hi-Grade$Genuine Us Mint$Rare1890 S Morgan Silver Dollar Coin #1866 $Hi-Grade$Genuine Us Mint$Rare $30.00 1927-S Buffalo Nickel! Choice Vf! Bold & Original Example! 68391927-S Buffalo Nickel! Choice Vf! Bold & Original Example! 6839 $38.99 Was: $64.99
1936 D San Diego Commemorative Ms 66 Pcgs1936 D San Diego Commemorative Ms 66 Pcgs $275.00 Usa 1973 S. Adams & P. Henry American Revolution Bicentennial Medal CoinUsa 1973 S. Adams & P. Henry American Revolution Bicentennial Medal Coin $18.00
1869 Three Dollar Indian Gold Piece $3 - Ngc Uncirculated (Unc Ms) - Rare Date!1869 Three Dollar Indian Gold Piece $3 - Ngc Uncirculated (Unc Ms) - Rare Date! $1,724.90 Was: $1,835.00 1941-D 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar1941-D 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar $33.00
1883-Cc Morgan Dollar Rare Key Date Us Mint Gem Pq Silver Coin Bu Unc Ms+1883-Cc Morgan Dollar Rare Key Date Us Mint Gem Pq Silver Coin Bu Unc Ms+ $245.00 1909-1958 Wheat Cent Set, Nice Collection, really nice semi keys.1909-1958 Wheat Cent Set, Nice Collection, really nice semi keys. $199.00
Old Estate Mixed 150 Coin Lot Indian Heads Showing in Lincoln Wheat Cent Lot #3bOld Estate Mixed 150 Coin Lot Indian Heads Showing in Lincoln Wheat Cent Lot #3b $34.99 1887-O Morgan Silver Dollar $1 Coin Genuine 90% Silver High Grade #C121887-O Morgan Silver Dollar $1 Coin Genuine 90% Silver High Grade #C12 $0.99
1958-D Rpm Lincoln Error Quest Color? Au Details . Inv#37231958-D Rpm Lincoln Error Quest Color? Au Details . Inv#3723 $9.99 1934 Mercury Dime / Gem Uncirculated *Bu* Full Split Band / (Md214)1934 Mercury Dime / Gem Uncirculated *Bu* Full Split Band / (Md214) $12.00
1940 - S Lincoln Cent Anacs Red Nice Color1940 - S Lincoln Cent Anacs Red Nice Color $24.95 Usa 1972 Sons Of Liberty American Revolution Bicentennial Medal CoinUsa 1972 Sons Of Liberty American Revolution Bicentennial Medal Coin $18.00
Usa 1974 John Adams American Revolution Bicentennial Medal CoinUsa 1974 John Adams American Revolution Bicentennial Medal Coin $18.00 4 Ounce Bag Mixed U.S. Junk Silver Bullion Coins All 90% Silver Pre 1965 !4 Ounce Bag Mixed U.S. Junk Silver Bullion Coins All 90% Silver Pre 1965 ! $88.00
1941 Jefferson Nickel : Pcgs Pr66 Blazing White1941 Jefferson Nickel : Pcgs Pr66 Blazing White $134.99 1948 - S 1C Ngc Lincoln Cent Penny Red Nice Color1948 - S 1C Ngc Lincoln Cent Penny Red Nice Color $24.95
Premium Quality 2006 Franklin Father Commem Silver Dollar Bu with Pkg Stk# No18Premium Quality 2006 Franklin Father Commem Silver Dollar Bu with Pkg Stk# No18 $39.75 1883 Hawaii Dollar $1 - Ngc Au Details - Rare Certified Silver Coin1883 Hawaii Dollar $1 - Ngc Au Details - Rare Certified Silver Coin $700.30 Was: $745.00
1802 Draped Bust Large Cent, Very nice rare coin1802 Draped Bust Large Cent, Very nice rare coin $1,099.00 1889-P Morgan Dollar Uncirculated Us Mint Gem Pq Silver Coin Bu Unc Ms+1889-P Morgan Dollar Uncirculated Us Mint Gem Pq Silver Coin Bu Unc Ms+ $55.00
2011 America The Beautiful Quarter Sets, Vicksburg, Chickasaw,2011 America The Beautiful Quarter Sets, Vicksburg, Chickasaw, $6.00 Gorgeous 1980 S Roosevelt Dime - Pcgs Pr 70 Dcam Proof Deep Cameo - Free ShipGorgeous 1980 S Roosevelt Dime - Pcgs Pr 70 Dcam Proof Deep Cameo - Free Ship $34.99
1938-S Mercury Dime Nice Coin! #1281938-S Mercury Dime Nice Coin! #128 $6.53 Was: $6.87 1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar : Pcgs Ms65 Blazing White1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar : Pcgs Ms65 Blazing White $119.99
1878-S Morgan Dollar / Uncirculated *Bu* / 90% Silver (M608)1878-S Morgan Dollar / Uncirculated *Bu* / 90% Silver (M608) $2.25 1804 Draped Bust Half Cent 1/2C C-10 - Certified Pcgs Xf Details Ef - Rare Coin1804 Draped Bust Half Cent 1/2C C-10 - Certified Pcgs Xf Details Ef - Rare Coin $324.30 Was: $345.00
Midnight Special $125 Group Of 1890's To 1940's CoinsMidnight Special $125 Group Of 1890's To 1940's Coins $125.00 1806 Draped Bust Half Dollar 50C O-109 - Certified Anacs Fine Details / Net Vg81806 Draped Bust Half Dollar 50C O-109 - Certified Anacs Fine Details / Net Vg8 $418.30 Was: $445.00
1881-S Morgan Dollar - Almost Uncirculated - Fast Shipping - Fast Coin Delivery!1881-S Morgan Dollar - Almost Uncirculated - Fast Shipping - Fast Coin Delivery! $59.71 2015 S 10C Silver Roosevelt Dime Pcgs Pr69Dcam2015 S 10C Silver Roosevelt Dime Pcgs Pr69Dcam $1.00
1942-S Washington Quarter Pcgs Ms631942-S Washington Quarter Pcgs Ms63 $70.00 1942 50C Ngc Ms 65 Walking Liberty Half Dollar1942 50C Ngc Ms 65 Walking Liberty Half Dollar $115.00
1958 Silver Roosevelt Dime Showing on the End of a 50 Coin Wheat Penny Roll e1958 Silver Roosevelt Dime Showing on the End of a 50 Coin Wheat Penny Roll e $1.25 1806/5 Draped Bust Half Dollar (O-103) 50C - Pcgs Vf25 - Rare - $1,150 Value!1806/5 Draped Bust Half Dollar (O-103) 50C - Pcgs Vf25 - Rare - $1,150 Value! $982.30 Was: $1,045.00
1921 Mercury Dime: Pcgs F121921 Mercury Dime: Pcgs F12 $149.99 1987 S Us Constitution 90% Silver Dollar Us Mint Commemorative Coin1987 S Us Constitution 90% Silver Dollar Us Mint Commemorative Coin $39.95
The Presidents - The Americana Series - 1990-P Kennedy Half 1979 QuarterThe Presidents - The Americana Series - 1990-P Kennedy Half 1979 Quarter $1.53 Expo 1970 Osaka, Japan United States Of America Commemorative Medallion/CoinExpo 1970 Osaka, Japan United States Of America Commemorative Medallion/Coin $11.89
1880-O Morgan Dollar Rare Key Date Us Mint Pq Stunner Silver Coin High Grade1880-O Morgan Dollar Rare Key Date Us Mint Pq Stunner Silver Coin High Grade $65.00 1913 P Type 1 Buffalo Nickel - Make Us An Offer! #W30151913 P Type 1 Buffalo Nickel - Make Us An Offer! #W3015 $38.00
2014-W $1 Silver Eagle Limited Edition Pr Set - First Strike (Proof)2014-W $1 Silver Eagle Limited Edition Pr Set - First Strike (Proof) $35.00 1923 Very Good obverse, Good reverse Mercury Dime #21923 Very Good obverse, Good reverse Mercury Dime #2 $2.99
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1913 S Lincoln Cent Xf1913 S Lincoln Cent Xf $59.00 1945-D Half Dollar Pcgs Ms651945-D Half Dollar Pcgs Ms65 $105.00
1923-D Peace Dollar Uncirculated Us Mint Gem Pq Silver Coin Bu Unc Ms+1923-D Peace Dollar Uncirculated Us Mint Gem Pq Silver Coin Bu Unc Ms+ $76.00 1905-S Barber Half : Pcgs Vf251905-S Barber Half : Pcgs Vf25 $179.99
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1955 S Bu Wheat Cent Showing On End Of 50 Coin Wheat Penny Shotgun Roll 11955 S Bu Wheat Cent Showing On End Of 50 Coin Wheat Penny Shotgun Roll 1 $0.01 1974 Kennedy Half Dollar / 2551974 Kennedy Half Dollar / 255 $1.49
1860-O Liberty Seated Half Dime Us Mint Silver Coin1860-O Liberty Seated Half Dime Us Mint Silver Coin $29.00 1984 Olympic Games 3 Coin Uncirculated Silver Dollar Set -1984 Olympic Games 3 Coin Uncirculated Silver Dollar Set - $65.00
1940-S Jefferson Nickel 'free shipping1940-S Jefferson Nickel 'free shipping $1.19 1829 Capped Bust Half Dollar 50C O-119 - Ngc Uncirculated (Bu Ms Unc) - Rare!1829 Capped Bust Half Dollar 50C O-119 - Ngc Uncirculated (Bu Ms Unc) - Rare! $606.30 Was: $645.00
1923-S Buffalo Nickel! Nice Full Date Example! Fine+ w/ Original Surfaces! 49501923-S Buffalo Nickel! Nice Full Date Example! Fine+ w/ Original Surfaces! 4950 $14.99 Was: $24.99 1957 Washington Quarter Ms 64 Ngc Look - Very Nice1957 Washington Quarter Ms 64 Ngc Look - Very Nice $14.95
1883 Shield Nickel - Make Us An Offer! #O32511883 Shield Nickel - Make Us An Offer! #O3251 $208.00 1919 D Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny - Make Us An Offer! #Y31101919 D Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny - Make Us An Offer! #Y3110 $29.00
1944 Washington Quarter Nice Xf/Au Coin! #310*1944 Washington Quarter Nice Xf/Au Coin! #310* $9.95 Was: $10.47 (20) Mixed Kennedy Half Dollar Roll / Proof - Toned / + Bonus (Hr64)(20) Mixed Kennedy Half Dollar Roll / Proof - Toned / + Bonus (Hr64) $29.98
gold $ 25.00 eagle (1/2 oz) 1986 uncgold $ 25.00 eagle (1/2 oz) 1986 unc $880.00 90% Silver only Us Coins lot of aprox. 1/2 oz. Standard Wt. No Clad Or Nickles90% Silver only Us Coins lot of aprox. 1/2 oz. Standard Wt. No Clad Or Nickles $12.75
1903-S Morgan Silver Dollar $1 Small Micro "S" Vam-2 - Pcgs Vf20 - $600 Value1903-S Morgan Silver Dollar $1 Small Micro "S" Vam-2 - Pcgs Vf20 - $600 Value $502.90 Was: $535.00 1943-P Doubled Die Obverse Jefferson Nickel 5C (Ddo) - Certified Anacs Ms641943-P Doubled Die Obverse Jefferson Nickel 5C (Ddo) - Certified Anacs Ms64 $183.30 Was: $195.00
1909-S/S 1C S/Horizontal S Ms64Rd Pcgs-Only 303 In Higher-Sharp Looking1909-S/S 1C S/Horizontal S Ms64Rd Pcgs-Only 303 In Higher-Sharp Looking $2,850.00 1894 Morgan Silver Dollar $1 - Pcgs Xf45 (Ef45) - Rare Key Date 1894-P Coin1894 Morgan Silver Dollar $1 - Pcgs Xf45 (Ef45) - Rare Key Date 1894-P Coin $1,630.90 Was: $1,735.00
1926-D Buffalo Nickel! Choice Vf w/ Nice Strike & Great Surfaces! 68701926-D Buffalo Nickel! Choice Vf w/ Nice Strike & Great Surfaces! 6870 $68.99 Was: $114.99 1961 P Uncirculated Lincoln Memorial Cent - I Have All Memorial Cents Listed1961 P Uncirculated Lincoln Memorial Cent - I Have All Memorial Cents Listed $1.15
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