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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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1833 Large Cent Good Details1833 Large Cent Good Details $19.95 1983-D Mint Error Lincoln Cent, Unplated, Icg Au-55 Details Corroded Rarely Seen1983-D Mint Error Lincoln Cent, Unplated, Icg Au-55 Details Corroded Rarely Seen $50.00
1923-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar Fine Walker Key Date San Francisco Mint Coin!1923-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar Fine Walker Key Date San Francisco Mint Coin! $69.95 2013 S Great Basin Nevada Silver Mint Proof ~ Atb National Park from Proof Set2013 S Great Basin Nevada Silver Mint Proof ~ Atb National Park from Proof Set $11.93
2014 D Parks Quarter Atb Arches National Park Bu Cn-Clad Us Coin2014 D Parks Quarter Atb Arches National Park Bu Cn-Clad Us Coin $1.45 2003 Us Mint 10 Coin Silver Proof Set in Original Packaging2003 Us Mint 10 Coin Silver Proof Set in Original Packaging $22.50
1952 Bu Roosevelt Dime1952 Bu Roosevelt Dime $6.95 1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar Pcgs Ms 63 90% Silver1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar Pcgs Ms 63 90% Silver $55.00
1903~Indianhead Cent~Vg1903~Indianhead Cent~Vg $1.95 1908-S Vf Indian Head Cent Id# Rr751908-S Vf Indian Head Cent Id# Rr75 $79.99
Ok 2008 P & D Uncl State QuartersOk 2008 P & D Uncl State Quarters $1.75 Coinhunters- 1838 Seated Liberty Silver Dime - Good Obverse - Love TokenCoinhunters- 1838 Seated Liberty Silver Dime - Good Obverse - Love Token $24.99
2008 S Presidential Dollar Proof Set 10 Pack 40 Coins W/Boxes And Coa's Lot2008 S Presidential Dollar Proof Set 10 Pack 40 Coins W/Boxes And Coa's Lot $129.95 1963 U.S Coin Silver Proof Set1963 U.S Coin Silver Proof Set $16.05
1986 - D Statue Of Liberty Half Dollar Graded By Ngc Ms 701986 - D Statue Of Liberty Half Dollar Graded By Ngc Ms 70 $275.00 Usa, United States, Silver Peace Dollar $1, San Francisco Mint, 1923-S Coin GvfUsa, United States, Silver Peace Dollar $1, San Francisco Mint, 1923-S Coin Gvf $16.14
2 Connecticut - $2 Two Dollar Bill Colorized State Uncirculated Authentic2 Connecticut - $2 Two Dollar Bill Colorized State Uncirculated Authentic $18.99 1915 D Buffalo Nickel Us 5 Cent Coin1915 D Buffalo Nickel Us 5 Cent Coin $10.92
2011 W $1 American Silver Eagle Pcgs Pr69Dcam First Strike2011 W $1 American Silver Eagle Pcgs Pr69Dcam First Strike $64.95 1926 Gold America Sesquicentennial Ms-61 Ngc1926 Gold America Sesquicentennial Ms-61 Ngc $425.00
1949 S Franklin Silver Half Dollar Ef1949 S Franklin Silver Half Dollar Ef $25.00 1925 P Lincoln Wheat Penny #W185921925 P Lincoln Wheat Penny #W18592 $1.00
2016 S 25C Clad Shawnee Quarter Birth Set Pcgs Pr69Dcam2016 S 25C Clad Shawnee Quarter Birth Set Pcgs Pr69Dcam $0.99 1916-P 90% Silver Liberty "Barber" Head Dime Coin! Q216-311916-P 90% Silver Liberty "Barber" Head Dime Coin! Q216-31 $6.25
1854 50C Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dollar .strong Xf+1854 50C Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dollar .strong Xf+ $175.00 1952-D Lincoln Wheat Cent1952-D Lincoln Wheat Cent $0.73
1995 - S "Clad" & "Silver" Washington Quarters - Ngc Pf 70 Ultra Cameo1995 - S "Clad" & "Silver" Washington Quarters - Ngc Pf 70 Ultra Cameo $95.99 1878 Indian Head Cent Id# Ss9771878 Indian Head Cent Id# Ss977 $14.99
1882 Indian Head Cent- Very High grade1882 Indian Head Cent- Very High grade $220.00 1944 S Pcgs Ms67Rd Red Lincoln Cent1944 S Pcgs Ms67Rd Red Lincoln Cent $151.99 Was: $159.99
1912S Liberty Barber Head Half Dollar 50c Silver Coin Lot F 2691912S Liberty Barber Head Half Dollar 50c Silver Coin Lot F 269 $47.95 2007-S Presidential Dollar - John Adams - Graded By Ngc Pf 70 Ultra Cameo2007-S Presidential Dollar - John Adams - Graded By Ngc Pf 70 Ultra Cameo $15.98
1868 Nickel 3 Cent Coin - Solid Vf - C3191868 Nickel 3 Cent Coin - Solid Vf - C319 $19.00 2014 P&D Set Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarters Uncirculated Us Mint2014 P&D Set Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarters Uncirculated Us Mint $1.87
1878 $2 1/2 Liberty Head Gold Coin Quarter Eagle1878 $2 1/2 Liberty Head Gold Coin Quarter Eagle $225.00 1921S Morgan Silver Dollar $11921S Morgan Silver Dollar $1 $46.99
2006-P South Dakota Quarter Ngc Ms67 Sms2006-P South Dakota Quarter Ngc Ms67 Sms $6.99 Was: $9.99 1941 Jefferson Nickel 1/2 Roll (20 Coins) – Bu – Brilliant Unc1941 Jefferson Nickel 1/2 Roll (20 Coins) – Bu – Brilliant Unc $79.00
1 (One) 1956 1C Lincoln Cent Wheat Reverse Coin Pcgs Pr65 Rd1 (One) 1956 1C Lincoln Cent Wheat Reverse Coin Pcgs Pr65 Rd $24.99 1895-O Morgan Silver Dollar Coin Pcgs Ms-61 (Choice)(Proof-like) *Key Date*1895-O Morgan Silver Dollar Coin Pcgs Ms-61 (Choice)(Proof-like) *Key Date* $62,500.00
1943 U.S. War-Time Silver Coin Set Brilliant Uncirculated1943 U.S. War-Time Silver Coin Set Brilliant Uncirculated $79.99 1930 S Buffalo Nickel - Indian Head *Old Us 5 Cents1930 S Buffalo Nickel - Indian Head *Old Us 5 Cents $14.20 Was: $14.95
2009 S Proof Set Original Box & Coa 18 Coins 90% Silver Quarters Kennedy Us Mint2009 S Proof Set Original Box & Coa 18 Coins 90% Silver Quarters Kennedy Us Mint $54.95 #10: Lot of (10) Proof Lincoln Cents 1976-S 1977-S 1978-S with Cameos#10: Lot of (10) Proof Lincoln Cents 1976-S 1977-S 1978-S with Cameos $3.69
1873 3 Cent Nickel Piece - Make Us An Offer! #O54741873 3 Cent Nickel Piece - Make Us An Offer! #O5474 $31.00 One 1776-1976 Uncirculated Washington QuarterOne 1776-1976 Uncirculated Washington Quarter $2.00
1898 Liberty V Nickel 5c. Pcgs Ms65 - 3859.65/334059341898 Liberty V Nickel 5c. Pcgs Ms65 - 3859.65/33405934 $589.00 1942 Proof Mercury Silver Dime 10c Anacs Pf-67 Gem Coin (A)1942 Proof Mercury Silver Dime 10c Anacs Pf-67 Gem Coin (A) $495.00
#11: Lot of (10) Proof Lincoln Cents 1978-S with Cameos#11: Lot of (10) Proof Lincoln Cents 1978-S with Cameos $3.69 1940-D 5C Fs Jefferson Nickel1940-D 5C Fs Jefferson Nickel $50.00
1997 P Roll of 20 Kennedy Half Dollar 50 cent Coin Bu1997 P Roll of 20 Kennedy Half Dollar 50 cent Coin Bu $29.95 1981-D Lincoln Memorial Cent Pcgs Ms66Rd1981-D Lincoln Memorial Cent Pcgs Ms66Rd $19.99
2008 S American Bald Eagle Proof Commemorative Clad Half Dollar2008 S American Bald Eagle Proof Commemorative Clad Half Dollar $24.99 1877 Trade Silver Dollar $1 Anacs Ef-40 Details Edge Cut Scratched Polished1877 Trade Silver Dollar $1 Anacs Ef-40 Details Edge Cut Scratched Polished $295.00
2006 - S "Clad" Roosevelt Dime Graded By Ngc Pf 69 Ultra Cameo2006 - S "Clad" Roosevelt Dime Graded By Ngc Pf 69 Ultra Cameo $7.98 Usa, United States, Morgan Silver Dollar $1, 1896 Coin UncUsa, United States, Morgan Silver Dollar $1, 1896 Coin Unc $29.24
1971, 1972, 1974 Usa Eisenhower Dollar Coins - A21971, 1972, 1974 Usa Eisenhower Dollar Coins - A2 $1.45 1991-S Washington Quarter Graded Pr70 Deep Cameo By Pcgs1991-S Washington Quarter Graded Pr70 Deep Cameo By Pcgs $37.99
1949 D D Franklin Half Dollar- Extra Fine Condition - Low Mintage1949 D D Franklin Half Dollar- Extra Fine Condition - Low Mintage $18.75 1958 D Jefferson Nickel - Choice/Gem Bu Roll (401958 D Jefferson Nickel - Choice/Gem Bu Roll (40 $15.00
1991S Uso Anniversary Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin Choice Proof W/Box &Coa1991S Uso Anniversary Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin Choice Proof W/Box &Coa $24.95 230 – 1893 1c Columbus in Sight of Land230 – 1893 1c Columbus in Sight of Land $0.30
2004-S Wisconsin State Silver Quarter Ngc Pf Proof 69 Ultra Cameo- Affordable2004-S Wisconsin State Silver Quarter Ngc Pf Proof 69 Ultra Cameo- Affordable $18.75 1867 Nickel 3 Cent Coin - Au Condition - C3181867 Nickel 3 Cent Coin - Au Condition - C318 $34.00
1853 U.S. Civil War Era 1/2 Silver Dime1853 U.S. Civil War Era 1/2 Silver Dime $4.99 1795 Draped Bust Silver Dollar ( Centered Bust ) ~ Pcgs Xf Details - Cleaning ?1795 Draped Bust Silver Dollar ( Centered Bust ) ~ Pcgs Xf Details - Cleaning ? $7,974.50
Old wheat cent roll from estate sale Lincoln penny various mints unsearchedOld wheat cent roll from estate sale Lincoln penny various mints unsearched $6.50 (6) 90% Silver Roosevelt Dimes(6) 90% Silver Roosevelt Dimes $4.99
1971 Jefferson Nickel Graded By Ngc Ms 65 5 Fs - 5 Full Steps1971 Jefferson Nickel Graded By Ngc Ms 65 5 Fs - 5 Full Steps $11.78 1914 Barber Dime Au/Bu1914 Barber Dime Au/Bu $70.00
1892 Cc silver dollar carson city coin key date1892 Cc silver dollar carson city coin key date $199.99 1976 Bicentennial Silver U.S Coin Proof Set (3) coins1976 Bicentennial Silver U.S Coin Proof Set (3) coins $15.00
1915-D Lincoln Cent Great Deals From The Tecc Bargain Bin1915-D Lincoln Cent Great Deals From The Tecc Bargain Bin $21.00 1858 Seated Half Dollar Pcgs Genuine Env. Damage - Xf Details1858 Seated Half Dollar Pcgs Genuine Env. Damage - Xf Details $125.00
1816 Coronet Head Large Cent N-8 Anacs Vg 81816 Coronet Head Large Cent N-8 Anacs Vg 8 $40.00 1822 Coronet Head Large Cent Id# Ss9591822 Coronet Head Large Cent Id# Ss959 $24.99
Eye Appealing 1886 Morgan Silver Dollar Superb Gem Bu X41Eye Appealing 1886 Morgan Silver Dollar Superb Gem Bu X41 $135.00 1887 Morgan Silver Dollar Anacs Ms641887 Morgan Silver Dollar Anacs Ms64 $75.00
1927 25C Standing Liberty Quarter - B0371927 25C Standing Liberty Quarter - B037 $25.00 1964-P U.S. Lincoln Memorial Cent Bu Roll - #007581964-P U.S. Lincoln Memorial Cent Bu Roll - #00758 $4.99
1923 Usa Peace Dollar Coin - 0.900 Silver - Excellent Grade! - A21923 Usa Peace Dollar Coin - 0.900 Silver - Excellent Grade! - A2 $10.99 1954 D Lincoln Wheat Penny #W181331954 D Lincoln Wheat Penny #W18133 $2.00
(2000-2010) $1 Raised Rim Type 2 Dollar Planchet Mint Error Certified by Ngc(2000-2010) $1 Raised Rim Type 2 Dollar Planchet Mint Error Certified by Ngc $225.00 2013 S National Park Silver Quarter Set Pcgs Pr69 Dcam2013 S National Park Silver Quarter Set Pcgs Pr69 Dcam $35.11
coins Uscoins Us $50.00 1999-S Proof Set 9 Piece (Proof)1999-S Proof Set 9 Piece (Proof) $15.00
1931 S Buffalo Nickel. Only 1-1/4million ever minted! Well Struck!1931 S Buffalo Nickel. Only 1-1/4million ever minted! Well Struck! $12.99 1954 P Roosevelt Dime - Silver Proof #01287871g1954 P Roosevelt Dime - Silver Proof #01287871g $10.00
1913 Silver Barber Dime Nice Grade Coin From Lifetime Collection1913 Silver Barber Dime Nice Grade Coin From Lifetime Collection $50.59 Was: $54.99 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar 90% Silver Circulated In Great Condition1964 Kennedy Half Dollar 90% Silver Circulated In Great Condition $5.99
1888 Pcgs Au Details Fs-302 (Fs-010.7) S-2 Rpd Repunched Date Indian Cent1888 Pcgs Au Details Fs-302 (Fs-010.7) S-2 Rpd Repunched Date Indian Cent $546.25 Was: $575.00 1838 Ngc Au58 Reeded Edge Bust Half Dollar1838 Ngc Au58 Reeded Edge Bust Half Dollar $854.99 Was: $899.99
1971 Us Mint Proof 5 Coin Set Original Box1971 Us Mint Proof 5 Coin Set Original Box $5.99 1913 S T2 Pcgs Ag3 Cac Type 2 Buffalo Nickel1913 S T2 Pcgs Ag3 Cac Type 2 Buffalo Nickel $237.49 Was: $249.99
1954 S Ngc Ms65 Franklin Half Dollar1954 S Ngc Ms65 Franklin Half Dollar $56.99 Was: $59.99 1994 United States Us Mint Silver Proof Set Sku14551994 United States Us Mint Silver Proof Set Sku1455 $25.95
1885 P Morgan Silver Dollar Higher Grade Us Coin1885 P Morgan Silver Dollar Higher Grade Us Coin $27.99 2016 S National Park Silver Quarter Set Pcgs Pr69 Dcam - 1st Day Issue2016 S National Park Silver Quarter Set Pcgs Pr69 Dcam - 1st Day Issue $36.06
1931D ~ Very Fine Lincoln Cent ~very nice~ Rs Coins Ships Free #15231931D ~ Very Fine Lincoln Cent ~very nice~ Rs Coins Ships Free #1523 $7.99 Was: $9.99 1942-S @ Lincoln Wheat Penny1942-S @ Lincoln Wheat Penny $1.60
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