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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-D Mount Rushmore Parks Quarter Ngc Ms68 Finest Registry2013-D Mount Rushmore Parks Quarter Ngc Ms68 Finest Registry $111.30 Was: $159.00 1866 5C With Rays Shield Nickel W/Rays Pcgs Au50 (Cac)1866 5C With Rays Shield Nickel W/Rays Pcgs Au50 (Cac) $254.98
1964 Choice Brilliant Uncirculated Roosevelt Dime #11964 Choice Brilliant Uncirculated Roosevelt Dime #1 $3.29 Raw 1833 Classic Head 1C N-3 Uncertified Ungraded Early Us Copper Large CentRaw 1833 Classic Head 1C N-3 Uncertified Ungraded Early Us Copper Large Cent $342.93 Was: $364.82
1993 Postal Commemorative Society Mint Set Fdi Stamp & Uncirculated Coins1993 Postal Commemorative Society Mint Set Fdi Stamp & Uncirculated Coins $10.50 1950 S Lincoln Cent Ngc Ms67 Red Finest Graded Rare1950 S Lincoln Cent Ngc Ms67 Red Finest Graded Rare $696.50 Was: $995.00
1862 Indian Cent Coin Better Date From Old Type Coin Collection1862 Indian Cent Coin Better Date From Old Type Coin Collection $11.03 Was: $11.99 Jefferson Nickel 1951 D Anacs Ms 65Jefferson Nickel 1951 D Anacs Ms 65 $24.99
2013-P Sacagawea Dollar Treaty W/The Delawares Pos A Pcgs Ms68 Business Strike2013-P Sacagawea Dollar Treaty W/The Delawares Pos A Pcgs Ms68 Business Strike $279.99 Was: $399.99 1936 Wisconsin Half Dollar 50C - Pcgs Ms67+ Cac - Pq Plus Grade - Near Ms68!1936 Wisconsin Half Dollar 50C - Pcgs Ms67+ Cac - Pq Plus Grade - Near Ms68! $747.30 Was: $795.00
1889 Morgan Silver Dollar - free shipping1889 Morgan Silver Dollar - free shipping $35.50 1842 Liberty seated dime - 013271842 Liberty seated dime - 01327 $8.95
1914-D Lincoln Wheat Penny Cent Graded Anacs Vg8 Very Good Key Date Ships Free1914-D Lincoln Wheat Penny Cent Graded Anacs Vg8 Very Good Key Date Ships Free $230.00 1831 Matron Head Large Cent *G451831 Matron Head Large Cent *G45 $18.95
1921 Silver Mercury Dime, Aj 5381921 Silver Mercury Dime, Aj 538 $68.95 1881 Proof Three Cent Nickel 3Cn - Pcgs Proof Details (Pf/Pr) - Just 3575 Minted1881 Proof Three Cent Nickel 3Cn - Pcgs Proof Details (Pf/Pr) - Just 3575 Minted $249.10 Was: $265.00
1861 H/10c Liberty Seated Half Dime Ngc Ms66+1861 H/10c Liberty Seated Half Dime Ngc Ms66+ $2,278.50 1976 S Pcgs Gem Uncirculated Silver Eisenhower Dollar, Dennis Williams Autograph1976 S Pcgs Gem Uncirculated Silver Eisenhower Dollar, Dennis Williams Autograph $46.89 Was: $66.98
1856 Seated Liberty Quarter,90% Silver Good Shape, You Be The Judge !1856 Seated Liberty Quarter,90% Silver Good Shape, You Be The Judge ! Ms63 Anacs 1921 Top 100 Vam 41B Morgan Silver Dollar United States Coin 1921Ms63 Anacs 1921 Top 100 Vam 41B Morgan Silver Dollar United States Coin 1921 $129.95
2000 Off Center Lincoln Penny, Major Mint Error Bu Cent with Full Date & Luster2000 Off Center Lincoln Penny, Major Mint Error Bu Cent with Full Date & Luster $29.95 Was: $42.78 1883 T-2~"V" Liberty Nickel~Good~1st Year Issue1883 T-2~"V" Liberty Nickel~Good~1st Year Issue $16.95
2014-D Great Sand Dunes Quarter Ngc Mac Ms68 Dmpl2014-D Great Sand Dunes Quarter Ngc Mac Ms68 Dmpl $416.50 Was: $595.00 2002 S Pcgs Proof 69 Deep Cameo Silver Kennedy Half Dollar, Gem Pr 69 D-Cam Coin2002 S Pcgs Proof 69 Deep Cameo Silver Kennedy Half Dollar, Gem Pr 69 D-Cam Coin $27.99 Was: $39.98
1962 Pcgs Proof 66 Cameo Silver Franklin Half, Frosty Gem Pr66 Cam 50 Cent Coin1962 Pcgs Proof 66 Cameo Silver Franklin Half, Frosty Gem Pr66 Cam 50 Cent Coin $58.79 Was: $83.98 1847 Hawaii Cent 1C - Ngc Uncirculated Details - Rare Ms Bu Unc Certified Coin1847 Hawaii Cent 1C - Ngc Uncirculated Details - Rare Ms Bu Unc Certified Coin $982.30 Was: $1,045.00
2014-P Great Smoky Mountains Early Releases Quarter Ngc Mac Ms682014-P Great Smoky Mountains Early Releases Quarter Ngc Mac Ms68 $118.30 Was: $169.00 Lot Of 5 Different Type CoinsLot Of 5 Different Type Coins $21.50
1920 's' an extra special standing liberty quarter On Sale Now $25.00 Off Price1920 's' an extra special standing liberty quarter On Sale Now $25.00 Off Price $113.20 1926 Buffalo Nickel1926 Buffalo Nickel $5.00
Mint Error 1836 over 1336 Capped Bust Silver Half Dollar Pcgs C~R Liberty MorganMint Error 1836 over 1336 Capped Bust Silver Half Dollar Pcgs C~R Liberty Morgan $4,999.95 1920-S Buffalo Nickel - Uncertified Beauty - Stk# Mj2082 Blee1920-S Buffalo Nickel - Uncertified Beauty - Stk# Mj2082 Blee $60.00
1976 S Pcgs Gem Uncirculated Kennedy Silver Half Dollar, Seth Huntington Signed1976 S Pcgs Gem Uncirculated Kennedy Silver Half Dollar, Seth Huntington Signed $39.89 Was: $56.98 1961 United States Silver Proof Set in Original Envelope *hucky*1961 United States Silver Proof Set in Original Envelope *hucky* $17.00
1943 p jefferson nickel silver "mis stamp" in god silver war1943 p jefferson nickel silver "mis stamp" in god silver war $10.00 1964 Proof Set With Doubled Die Reverse Nickel Wddr-054 Please Look1964 Proof Set With Doubled Die Reverse Nickel Wddr-054 Please Look $50.00
1940 D Jefferson Nickel "Unc." F/S1940 D Jefferson Nickel "Unc." F/S $2.25 1922 D Peace Dollar Great Coin! Check out my other Auctions! Almost Flawless!1922 D Peace Dollar Great Coin! Check out my other Auctions! Almost Flawless! $10.50
1914-D Buffao Nickel - Pcgs Fine 15 - " Semi Key Date!" Only 60 Graded By Pcgs!1914-D Buffao Nickel - Pcgs Fine 15 - " Semi Key Date!" Only 60 Graded By Pcgs! $169.95 2007-D Jefferson Nickel Ngc Ms68 Sms2007-D Jefferson Nickel Ngc Ms68 Sms $174.99 Was: $249.99
1983 D, 1983 P & 1983 S Pcgs Ms69 Olympic Disc Thrower Silver Dollars, 3 Coins1983 D, 1983 P & 1983 S Pcgs Ms69 Olympic Disc Thrower Silver Dollars, 3 Coins $109.89 Was: $156.98 2014 P Roosevelt Dime Ngc Ms68 Ft Finest Graded Rare2014 P Roosevelt Dime Ngc Ms68 Ft Finest Graded Rare $139.99 Was: $199.99
1895-O Morgan Silver Dollar ~ Ag+1895-O Morgan Silver Dollar ~ Ag+ $179.00 1940 P Jefferson Nickel V/F+1940 P Jefferson Nickel V/F+ $1.10
2013-D Woodrow Wilson Dollar Unc Condition2013-D Woodrow Wilson Dollar Unc Condition $1.18 Lot of 2 1907, 1905 victory v nicklesLot of 2 1907, 1905 victory v nickles $3.00
2012-P Chester Arthur Pos.A Dollar Pcgs Ms682012-P Chester Arthur Pos.A Dollar Pcgs Ms68 $696.50 Was: $995.00 1921 S Morgan Silver Dollar Very Nice Coin.1921 S Morgan Silver Dollar Very Nice Coin. $0.99
1951-S Washington-Carver Silver Half Dollar Coin 50C - Ngc Ms66 - $475 Value1951-S Washington-Carver Silver Half Dollar Coin 50C - Ngc Ms66 - $475 Value $324.30 Was: $345.00 2013-D William Howard Taft Dollar Pos.B Pcgs Ms682013-D William Howard Taft Dollar Pos.B Pcgs Ms68 $419.30 Was: $599.00
United States 2005 S Clad Dime Ngc Pf 70 Ultra CameoUnited States 2005 S Clad Dime Ngc Pf 70 Ultra Cameo $19.99 1989 United States Historic Year Panel Coin and Stamp Set * Denver & Phily Mints1989 United States Historic Year Panel Coin and Stamp Set * Denver & Phily Mints $11.50
1964 Uncirculated silver 5 coin Philadelphia mint set1964 Uncirculated silver 5 coin Philadelphia mint set $15.95 1934 Texas Commemorative Half Dollar - Free Shipping1934 Texas Commemorative Half Dollar - Free Shipping $159.99
1955, 1956, 1957 Pcgs Pr66 Franklin Half Dollar! Rare Rattler Holder!1955, 1956, 1957 Pcgs Pr66 Franklin Half Dollar! Rare Rattler Holder! $499.99 2006-P Sms Lincoln Penny B/U From Mint Sets2006-P Sms Lincoln Penny B/U From Mint Sets $0.99
1968 S Ngc Pf 68 Star Kennedy Half Dollar, Frosty Obv. Gem Proof 68 Star Coin1968 S Ngc Pf 68 Star Kennedy Half Dollar, Frosty Obv. Gem Proof 68 Star Coin $41.99 Was: $59.98 1949P Lincoln Wheat 1 Cent Coin1949P Lincoln Wheat 1 Cent Coin $0.99
2007-D Kennedy Half Pcgs Ms69 Satin Finish2007-D Kennedy Half Pcgs Ms69 Satin Finish $262.50 Was: $375.00 Raw 1949-S Roosevelt 10C Uncertified Ungraded San Francisco Silver Dime CoinRaw 1949-S Roosevelt 10C Uncertified Ungraded San Francisco Silver Dime Coin $51.62 Was: $54.92
1945 Walking Liberty Half Dollar, Free Shipping! Wlhb741945 Walking Liberty Half Dollar, Free Shipping! Wlhb74 $22.00 2000 S Silver South Carolina Quarter 25C Deep Cameo Pr69 Icg Certified2000 S Silver South Carolina Quarter 25C Deep Cameo Pr69 Icg Certified $17.99 Was: $19.99
1904-O Barber/Liberty Head Quarter Dollar *Q981904-O Barber/Liberty Head Quarter Dollar *Q98 $29.95 1988 D Jefferson Nickel ~ Uncirculated Coin in the Original Mint Cello1988 D Jefferson Nickel ~ Uncirculated Coin in the Original Mint Cello $1.41
2007-P Washington Quarter Ngc Ms69 Sms Rare2007-P Washington Quarter Ngc Ms69 Sms Rare $437.50 Was: $625.00 1992-S 25C Silver Dc (Proof) Washington Quarter1992-S 25C Silver Dc (Proof) Washington Quarter $6.25
1999 pennsylvania quarter weak strike1999 pennsylvania quarter weak strike $0.49 1896 Morgan Silver Dollar - Pcgs Ms66+ Pq - Rare Plus Grade Gem - $950 Value1896 Morgan Silver Dollar - Pcgs Ms66+ Pq - Rare Plus Grade Gem - $950 Value $888.30 Was: $945.00
1949-P Jefferson Nickel Choice Bu Roll Uncirculated 40 Coins1949-P Jefferson Nickel Choice Bu Roll Uncirculated 40 Coins $325.00 Walking Liberty 1941 Half Dollar Ngc Ms 66Walking Liberty 1941 Half Dollar Ngc Ms 66 $249.99
2014-P Shenandoah Quarter Ngc Mac Ms68 Er2014-P Shenandoah Quarter Ngc Mac Ms68 Er $146.30 Was: $209.00 2014-P Arches Quarter Ngc Mac Ms68 Er Finest2014-P Arches Quarter Ngc Mac Ms68 Er Finest $94.50 00006000 Was: $135.00
1893~"V" Liberty Nickel~Tough Date ~Vg1893~"V" Liberty Nickel~Tough Date ~Vg $7.95 One Nice Envelope Toned Mint State 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollar (Khx432)One Nice Envelope Toned Mint State 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollar (Khx432) $18.00
1946-D Washington Quarter Ngc Ms67 Rare1946-D Washington Quarter Ngc Ms67 Rare $255.50 Was: $365.00 1834 25C Capped Bust Quarter1834 25C Capped Bust Quarter $875.00
Lot of 6 buffalo nickle Indian headLot of 6 buffalo nickle Indian head $4.00 1886-S $1 Morgan Silver Dollar1886-S $1 Morgan Silver Dollar $100.99
1954 S Lincoln Cent Ngc Ms67 Red1954 S Lincoln Cent Ngc Ms67 Red $171.50 Was: $245.00 1919-S Standing Liberty Silver Quarter Dollar *G721919-S Standing Liberty Silver Quarter Dollar *G72 $599.95
1958 P-D Lincoln Wheat-back & 1963 P-D,1964 P-D Memorial Cents Very Nice !1958 P-D Lincoln Wheat-back & 1963 P-D,1964 P-D Memorial Cents Very Nice ! $2.29 2012-P Volcanoes Logo Quarter Ngc Ms68 Finest Registry2012-P Volcanoes Logo Quarter Ngc Ms68 Finest Registry $174.29 Was: $248.99
1923-S Silver 50C Monroe Doctrine Centennial Half Bu In New World Plastic Case1923-S Silver 50C Monroe Doctrine Centennial Half Bu In New World Plastic Case $142.95 2012-P El Yunque Parks Quarter Ngc Mac Ms68 Finest Registry2012-P El Yunque Parks Quarter Ngc Mac Ms68 Finest Registry $349.99 Was: $499.99
1850 Braided Hair Liberty Head Large Cent 1C (@2611)1850 Braided Hair Liberty Head Large Cent 1C (@2611) $24.88 1903 Morgan Silver Dollar Ngc Ms62 2685406-0051903 Morgan Silver Dollar Ngc Ms62 2685406-005 $110.00
Choice Bu 1979 P Lincoln CentChoice Bu 1979 P Lincoln Cent $1.50 2007-P James Madison Dollar Ngc Ms672007-P James Madison Dollar Ngc Ms67 $258.30 Was: $369.00
2010 Lincoln Cent Union Shield Ngc Ms67 Red Business Strike2010 Lincoln Cent Union Shield Ngc Ms67 Red Business Strike $209.99 Was: $299.99 2007 P Madison. Error. Reverse struck thru. Ngc ms652007 P Madison. Error. Reverse struck thru. Ngc ms65 $70.00
1964-D Choice About Uncirculated Roosevelt Dime #11964-D Choice About Uncirculated Roosevelt Dime #1 $2.99 Fantastic Uncirculated 1945-P Walking Liberty Half Dollar.Fantastic Uncirculated 1945-P Walking Liberty Half Dollar. $50.00
1837 Capped Bust *Large 5C* Silver Dime *G801837 Capped Bust *Large 5C* Silver Dime *G80 $369.95 2007-D Washington Quarter Ngc Ms69 Sms2007-D Washington Quarter Ngc Ms69 Sms $276.50 Was: $395.00
1968 Washington Quarter Ngc Ms671968 Washington Quarter Ngc Ms67 $174.30 Was: $249.00 2006-P Kennedy Half Ngc Ms68 Business Strike2006-P Kennedy Half Ngc Ms68 Business Strike $332.50 Was: $475.00
1946-S Jefferson Nickel #21946-S Jefferson Nickel #2 $3.00 1943 D Lincoln Wheat-Back Cent ~ Steel Cent ~ Very Nice !1943 D Lincoln Wheat-Back Cent ~ Steel Cent ~ Very Nice ! $2.39
1901 Barber Dime1901 Barber Dime $2.00 2010-D Jefferson Nickel Ngc Ms67 Fs Business Strike2010-D Jefferson Nickel Ngc Ms67 Fs Business Strike $150.50 Was: $215.00
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Dimes, Coins: US
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