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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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					1953-S Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollar. 50 Cent Rare Piece! M470
		
				1953-S Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollar. 50 Cent Rare Piece! M470 $25.60 
					1936 Long Island Tercentenary Commemorative Half *Nice Lightly Circulated*
		
				1936 Long Island Tercentenary Commemorative Half *Nice Lightly Circulated* $92.99

					2013 P&D 2 Roll Set Obw Lincoln Shield Cent Bril Unc Original Bank Wrapped Rolls
		
				2013 P&D 2 Roll Set Obw Lincoln Shield Cent Bril Unc Original Bank Wrapped Rolls $11.95 
					.900 90% Fine Silver 1944 S Mercury dime 10 cents Antique Wwii coin Free bonus
		
				.900 90% Fine Silver 1944 S Mercury dime 10 cents Antique Wwii coin Free bonus $1.29

					1947 S Washington Quarter - Ngc - Ms 66
		
				1947 S Washington Quarter - Ngc - Ms 66 $75.00 
					1905 Ngc Ms-62 Liberty V Nickel Make Us An Offer!
		
				1905 Ngc Ms-62 Liberty V Nickel Make Us An Offer! $175.00

					2013 D (5 Rolls) Obw Lincoln Shield Cent Bril Unc Original Bank Wrapped Rolls
		
				2013 D (5 Rolls) Obw Lincoln Shield Cent Bril Unc Original Bank Wrapped Rolls $27.95 
					2013 P (5 Rolls) Lincoln Shield Cent Bril Unc Original Bank-Nf String Wrap Rolls
		
				2013 P (5 Rolls) Lincoln Shield Cent Bril Unc Original Bank-Nf String Wrap Rolls $27.95

					1943 P, D, S Lincoln Wheat "Steel" Cent Coin Lot
		
				1943 P, D, S Lincoln Wheat "Steel" Cent Coin Lot $3.50 
					1979, Susan B. Anthony Dollar
		
				1979, Susan B. Anthony Dollar $1.00

					1924 D Ncg Ms-64+ Standing Liberty Quarter Make Us An Offer!
		
				1924 D Ncg Ms-64+ Standing Liberty Quarter Make Us An Offer! $450.00 
					1 Oz+ 90% Us Silver Coins - $1.20 Face Value Lot - Silver Us Coin Investment Lot
		
				1 Oz+ 90% Us Silver Coins - $1.20 Face Value Lot - Silver Us Coin Investment Lot $0.99

					 Twoweet-Tweet-[Tooweet] 2 Pounds Of Wheat Pennies - Indian-Cents Mixed In
		
			
				Twoweet-Tweet-[Tooweet] 2 Pounds Of Wheat Pennies - Indian-Cents Mixed In $23.90 
					1926 D Buffalo Nickel, Five Cents, Key Date ! Estate Type Coin Collection
		
				1926 D Buffalo Nickel, Five Cents, Key Date ! Estate Type Coin Collection $2.25

					2013 P&D (5 Each P&D-10 Rolls Total ) Lincoln Shield Cent Original Bank Wrapped
		
				2013 P&D (5 Each P&D-10 Rolls Total ) Lincoln Shield Cent Original Bank Wrapped $49.95 
					Lot of Coins- Sets, Coa's, Books, Keychains, Collectibles!
		
				Lot of Coins- Sets, Coa's, Books, Keychains, Collectibles! $25.00

					Five (5) Lot of 2 Reale Ancient Silver El Cazador Shipwreck Coins in Coa Albums
		
				Five (5) Lot of 2 Reale Ancient Silver El Cazador Shipwreck Coins in Coa Albums $184.95 
					1/2 Lb. (8 oz.) Lot pre-1965 Old U.S. Silver Quarters = Financial Protection
		
				1/2 Lb. (8 oz.) Lot pre-1965 Old U.S. Silver Quarters = Financial Protection 2000 $199.95

					Top 100 Vam 6 1899 O Micro O Morgan Silver Dollar United States Coin 1899O
		
				Top 100 Vam 6 1899 O Micro O Morgan Silver Dollar United States Coin 1899O $69.00 
					1957d quarter pcgs ms66
		
				1957d quarter pcgs ms66 $45.00

					1963 Proof Silver Franklin Half Dollar. *Excellent Detail* *Gem Quality *
		
				1963 Proof Silver Franklin Half Dollar. *Excellent Detail* *Gem Quality * $24.00 
					1865 Ngc Ms-63 R/B 2 Cent Piece Make Us An Offer!
		
				1865 Ngc Ms-63 R/B 2 Cent Piece Make Us An Offer! $315.00

					1927 Us Quarter Coin
		
				1927 Us Quarter Coin $0.65 
					2006 P & D State Quarter 10 Coins from Us Mint Set Bu Statehood Cello 25c Coin
		
				2006 P & D State Quarter 10 Coins from Us Mint Set Bu Statehood Cello 25c Coin $6.00

					.900 90% Silver 1964 D Washington Quarter Dollar 25 Cents free bonus coin-flip
		
				.900 90% Silver 1964 D Washington Quarter Dollar 25 Cents free bonus coin-flip $3.99 
					2001-D New York Mint Sewn Bag State Quarters Quarter
		
				2001-D New York Mint Sewn Bag State Quarters Quarter $57.99

					1895-S Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Date! *Nice Circulated Rare Morgan Dollar*
		
				1895-S Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Date! *Nice Circulated Rare Morgan Dollar* $384.99 
					2000-P Virginia Mint Sewn Bag State Quarters Quarter
		
				2000-P Virginia Mint Sewn Bag State Quarters Quarter $57.99

					Rare key date 1916s standing liberty
		
				Rare key date 1916s standing liberty $35.00 
					1924, Peace Dollar
		
				1924, Peace Dollar $11.50

					1796 Pcgs Liberty Cap Large Cent 1c Over 200 Years Old Rare Us Copper Penny
		
				1796 Pcgs Liberty Cap Large Cent 1c Over 200 Years Old Rare Us Copper Penny $249.99 
					1831 Capped Bust Quarter (25¢) Small Letters B-3 R-5
		
				1831 Capped Bust Quarter (25¢) Small Letters B-3 R-5 $505.00

					1806 Draped Bust Quarter (25¢)
		
				1806 Draped Bust Quarter (25¢) $310.00 
					1923 S Buffalo Nickel, Five Cents, Key Date ! Estate Lot Type Coin Collection
		
				1923 S Buffalo Nickel, Five Cents, Key Date ! Estate Lot Type Coin Collection $5.90

					1887-P Silver Morgan Dollar - Brilliant Uncirculated
		
				1887-P Silver Morgan Dollar - Brilliant Uncirculated $39.95 
					Kennedy Half Dollar Bank Box *Unopened/Sealed = 50 Rolls* from the vault!
		
				Kennedy Half Dollar Bank Box *Unopened/Sealed = 50 Rolls* from the vault! $599.95

					1942 Silver Washington Quarter
		
				1942 Silver Washington Quarter $2.50 
					1900 O Morgan Silver Dollar Bu Gem Uncirculated 6705117
		
				1900 O Morgan Silver Dollar Bu Gem Uncirculated 6705117 $579.00

					1981 S Proof Sba Dollar
		
				1981 S Proof Sba Dollar $85.00 
					Presidential Dollars-2010 d-ngc-ms68-george washington
		
				Presidential Dollars-2010 d-ngc-ms68-george washington $9.95

					2010 Gem Choice Unc. Pair of Kennedy Half Dollars-Denver & Philadelphia-Gem B/U.
		
				2010 Gem Choice Unc. Pair of Kennedy Half Dollars-Denver & Philadelphia-Gem B/U. $4.49 
					1935 Us Buffalo Hobo Nickel Coin Walking Dead Zombie Skull
		
				1935 Us Buffalo Hobo Nickel Coin Walking Dead Zombie Skull $20.00

					Complete Roll of 40 Full Date indian-head buffalo nickels. 40 nickel lot 
		
				Complete Roll of 40 Full Date indian-head buffalo nickels. 40 nickel lot $24.79 
					40% Silver Eisenhower Proof Dollar In Sealed Package Of Us Mint
		
				40% Silver Eisenhower Proof Dollar In Sealed Package Of Us Mint $8.81

					1885 Seated Half Pcgs Proof 65 Cameo 25535344
		
				1885 Seated Half Pcgs Proof 65 Cameo 25535344 $4,550.00 
					1904-O Ngc Ms64 ★ Star Rainbow Toned Morgan Silver Dollar Gem Bu
		
				1904-O Ngc Ms64 ★ Star Rainbow Toned Morgan Silver Dollar Gem Bu $250.00

					1922 Peace Dollar Coin
		
				1922 Peace Dollar Coin $3.37 
					1981 S Gem Kennedy Dcam Proof* Excellent condition!
		
				1981 S Gem Kennedy Dcam Proof* Excellent condition! $4.95

					1837 No Stars Seated Half Dime : Anacs Au50
		
				1837 No Stars Seated Half Dime : Anacs Au50 $425.99 
					Silver Roosevelt Dimes 2 coins 1950 (1 lot of two) "1950" dimes
		
				Silver Roosevelt Dimes 2 coins 1950 (1 lot of two) "1950" dimes $9.95

					1924-S Buffalo Nickel : Pcgs F15
		
				1924-S Buffalo Nickel : Pcgs F15 $249.99 
					1885 s morgan
		
				1885 s morgan $43.50

					1941 - 1974 Lincoln Cent Collection In Album - 40 Coins
		
				1941 - 1974 Lincoln Cent Collection In Album - 40 Coins $9.95 
					1945-S Pcgs Ms66 Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar 50 Cents Free Shipping 221
		
				1945-S Pcgs Ms66 Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar 50 Cents Free Shipping 221 $349.99

					1836 Capped Bust Quarter (25¢) Neat Die Cracks
		
				1836 Capped Bust Quarter (25¢) Neat Die Cracks $240.00 
					1937 Mercury Dime Anacs Ms65 Fsb Blue Ocean Rainbow Toning Luster Full Bands!
		
				1937 Mercury Dime Anacs Ms65 Fsb Blue Ocean Rainbow Toning Luster Full Bands! $225.00

					1979 S Gem Kennedy Dcam Proof Type 1* Gorgeous Black and White!
		
				1979 S Gem Kennedy Dcam Proof Type 1* Gorgeous Black and White! $4.95 
					Morgan Silver Dollar Collection - All Five Mints - 1878 Carson City - Coin Stamp
		
				Morgan Silver Dollar Collection - All Five Mints - 1878 Carson City - Coin Stamp $469.95

					John Adams One Dollar Coin
		
				John Adams One Dollar Coin $3.99 
					1921 S Wheat Penny Au About Uncirculated Only 15 MiLl Collectible! Roaring 20s!
		
				1921 S Wheat Penny Au About Uncirculated Only 15 MiLl Collectible! Roaring 20s! $59.00

					2 Rolls Of 25 Sacagawea 1 Dollar Coins Uncirculated Philadelphia “P” Mint Mark
		
				2 Rolls Of 25 Sacagawea 1 Dollar Coins Uncirculated Philadelphia “P” Mint Mark $70.00 
					1922 Peace Silver Dollar, Uncirculated
		
				1922 Peace Silver Dollar, Uncirculated $49.99

					1864 Pcgs Xf Details 2 Cent Piece Make Us An Offer!
		
				1864 Pcgs Xf Details 2 Cent Piece Make Us An Offer! $75.00 
					 Authentic 1903, Indian Head Cent Penny United States Of America U.S.A.
		
				Authentic 1903, Indian Head Cent Penny United States Of America U.S.A. $1.29

					 Authentic 1907, Indian Head Cent Penny United States U.S.A. Coin
		
				Authentic 1907, Indian Head Cent Penny United States U.S.A. Coin $1.29 
					1988 - 1999 George Washington Quarter Collection In Album - 23 Different Coins
		
				1988 - 1999 George Washington Quarter Collection In Album - 23 Different Coins $9.95

					2006 State Quarters Proof Set ★Coa/Box★★
		
				2006 State Quarters Proof Set ★Coa/Box★★ $19.95 
					1941 Ddo Fs-101 Ngc Vf-30 Lincoln Wheat Cent 1C Registry
		
				1941 Ddo Fs-101 Ngc Vf-30 Lincoln Wheat Cent 1C Registry $109.50

					1943S & 1964 Washington silver quarters
		
				1943S & 1964 Washington silver quarters $9.50 
					1807 Draped Bust Quarter (25¢) B-2 R-3
		
				1807 Draped Bust Quarter (25¢) B-2 R-3 $265.00

					quarters (73 total) 1893-1952
		
				quarters (73 total) 1893-1952 $206.66 
					Presidential Dollars-2012 s-ngc-pf69-sacagawea trade routes-1057
		
				Presidential Dollars-2012 s-ngc-pf69-sacagawea trade routes-1057 $29.95

					1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 P+D Lincoln Memorial Penny
		
				1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 P+D Lincoln Memorial Penny $71.95 
					1904 Liberty "V" Nickel -Full "Liberty" - Lightly Circulated- *Collectable*
		
				1904 Liberty "V" Nickel -Full "Liberty" - Lightly Circulated- *Collectable* $64.99

					2007p proof70 pcgs jamestown(perfect)
		
				2007p proof70 pcgs jamestown(perfect) $75.00 
					1936 D SanDiego U.S. commemorative half dollar Gem Unc
		
				1936 D SanDiego U.S. commemorative half dollar Gem Unc $99.00

					1960-D Small Date Lincoln Memorial Cent
		
				1960-D Small Date Lincoln Memorial Cent $1.00 
					★ 1925-S Lincoln Wheat Cent 1C - Anacs Ms65 Rb - Rare Gem Uncirculated Coin! ★
		
				★ 1925-S Lincoln Wheat Cent 1C - Anacs Ms65 Rb - Rare Gem Uncirculated Coin! ★ $950.00

					1976 S Gem Silver Clad Kennedy 40% Silver Bicentennial issue/ Dual Date!
		
				1976 S Gem Silver Clad Kennedy 40% Silver Bicentennial issue/ Dual Date! $13.00 
					1945 Washington Silver Quarter -Ch/Bu
		
				1945 Washington Silver Quarter -Ch/Bu $39.50

					1998-S Washington Quarter : Pcgs Pr69Dcam Blazing White
		
				1998-S Washington Quarter : Pcgs Pr69Dcam Blazing White $29.99 
					1914-P Barber Quarter 25 Cent Piece Great Early Usa Type Coin M428
		
				1914-P Barber Quarter 25 Cent Piece Great Early Usa Type Coin M428 $9.60

					1972 Lincoln Memorial Penny Double Die Obverse, Very Scarce.
		
				1972 Lincoln Memorial Penny Double Die Obverse, Very Scarce. $199.99 
					1925-S Mercury Silver Dime *Wonderful Lightly Circulated Coin* Sharp Bands
		
				1925-S Mercury Silver Dime *Wonderful Lightly Circulated Coin* Sharp Bands $94.99

					1926 P Buffalo Nickel, Five Cents, Extra Fine ! Estate Lot Type Coin Collection
		
				1926 P Buffalo Nickel, Five Cents, Extra Fine ! Estate Lot Type Coin Collection $1.80 
					1948 Franklin Half Dollar *Anacs Certified Ms 64 Full Bell Lines* Fabulous
		
				1948 Franklin Half Dollar *Anacs Certified Ms 64 Full Bell Lines* Fabulous $84.99

					Unsearched Wheat Penny Roll With An Indian Head Cent End! Lot #Aa82 50 Pennies!
		
				Unsearched Wheat Penny Roll With An Indian Head Cent End! Lot #Aa82 50 Pennies! $1.25 
					1890-P Morgan Silver Dollar
		
				1890-P Morgan Silver Dollar $39.95

					2007 Mint Proof Set - 14 Coins, 1 Original Owner
		
				2007 Mint Proof Set - 14 Coins, 1 Original Owner $21.00 
					1967 (Sms) High Grade Roosevelt Dime From The Special Mint Set Free Shipping
		
				1967 (Sms) High Grade Roosevelt Dime From The Special Mint Set Free Shipping $9.92

					1913-S Type 2 Buffalo Nickel Ngc Vf20 Nice Looking Key Date Coin
		
				1913-S Type 2 Buffalo Nickel Ngc Vf20 Nice Looking Key Date Coin $415.00 
					1866 Seated Half Ngc Proof 66 Cameo 3524832-008
		
				1866 Seated Half Ngc Proof 66 Cameo 3524832-008 $6,975.00

					1897-O Barber Silver Quarter Semi-Key Date *Nice Circulated Barber Coin*
		
				1897-O Barber Silver Quarter Semi-Key Date *Nice Circulated Barber Coin* $34.99 
					1944 Wheat Penny Bu Gem Brilliant Uncirculated Red Ww2 Rarity Bday Card Stuffer!
		
				1944 Wheat Penny Bu Gem Brilliant Uncirculated Red Ww2 Rarity Bday Card Stuffer! $7.50

					1927 Peace Dollar : Anacs Ms63
		
				1927 Peace Dollar : Anacs Ms63 $249.99 
					1931-P Lincoln cent - Xf #9268
		
				1931-P Lincoln cent - Xf #9268 $4.75

					Jefferson Nickel 1982-D ,Error
		
				Jefferson Nickel 1982-D ,Error $9.99 
					1953-S Pcgs Ms66 Franklin Half Dollar Free Ship Silver 50c Gem+ Uncirculated 188
		
				1953-S Pcgs Ms66 Franklin Half Dollar Free Ship Silver 50c Gem+ Uncirculated 188 $289.99

					1999 P & D State Quarter Connecticut First Day Coin Cover U.S. Mint Q14
		
				1999 P & D State Quarter Connecticut First Day Coin Cover U.S. Mint Q14 $0.99 
					1906, Indian Head Cent very nice old coin
		
				1906, Indian Head Cent very nice old coin $1.25
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