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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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1950-D Roosevelt Dime, Ngc Ms671950-D Roosevelt Dime, Ngc Ms67 $105.00 1830 Capped Bust Half Dollar Ngc Vg Details Obv Improperly Cleaned1830 Capped Bust Half Dollar Ngc Vg Details Obv Improperly Cleaned $35.00
1923 Peace Dollar Large Uncirculated Silver Coin [2624.08]1923 Peace Dollar Large Uncirculated Silver Coin [2624.08] $60.55 1995 S Half Dollar Civil War Commemorative Anacs Proof 68 Hvy Cameo 15851995 S Half Dollar Civil War Commemorative Anacs Proof 68 Hvy Cameo 1585 $35.00
1930-D, 1932-D Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny- Lot of 2 - #H1181930-D, 1932-D Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny- Lot of 2 - #H118 $13.60 Was: $17.00 1901 Indian Head penny1901 Indian Head penny $15.00
1925 Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny- Lot of 3 - #H1121925 Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny- Lot of 3 - #H112 $8.00 Was: $10.00 u.s.coins1884 liberty head nickelu.s.coins1884 liberty head nickel $12.95
Ms65 1945-D Mercury Dime Silver - Graded Pcgs *Xc11Ms65 1945-D Mercury Dime Silver - Graded Pcgs *Xc11 $36.95 1941 D Walking Liberty Half Dollar Bu Priced to Sell1941 D Walking Liberty Half Dollar Bu Priced to Sell $28.00
1951-S Roosevelt Dime Monster Gem Bu Pcgs Ms-67. Nice Color, Awesome Surfaces!1951-S Roosevelt Dime Monster Gem Bu Pcgs Ms-67. Nice Color, Awesome Surfaces! $159.00 1917 McKinley Gold Dollar Coin G$1 - Ngc Au Details - Rare Certified Coin!1917 McKinley Gold Dollar Coin G$1 - Ngc Au Details - Rare Certified Coin! $399.50 Was: $425.00
1937-S Texas Half Dollar 50C - Pcgs Ms67 Pq - Rare Grade - Superb Coin!1937-S Texas Half Dollar 50C - Pcgs Ms67 Pq - Rare Grade - Superb Coin! $869.50 Was: $925.00 1845-P Seated Liberty Dime Great Deals From The Tecc Bargain Bin1845-P Seated Liberty Dime Great Deals From The Tecc Bargain Bin $19.00
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1999 Gold Plated Nickel Us Coin 1531999 Gold Plated Nickel Us Coin 153 $0.99 Us Bicentennial Quarters (1776-1976) Au Sealed and LabeledUs Bicentennial Quarters (1776-1976) Au Sealed and Labeled $1.00
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5 Brilliant Uncirculated 1923 Peace Dollars5 Brilliant Uncirculated 1923 Peace Dollars $119.00 2014 s kennedy silver half dollar ngc sp 70 pl enhanced finish2014 s kennedy silver half dollar ngc sp 70 pl enhanced finish $99.99
1983 Lincoln Memorial Cent Ngc Ms67 Rd1983 Lincoln Memorial Cent Ngc Ms67 Rd $83.00 1972 D Bag of Uncirculated Lincoln Cents1972 D Bag of Uncirculated Lincoln Cents $650.00
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1894-O New Orleans Mint Morgan Dollar Large Circulated Silver Coin [2623.02]1894-O New Orleans Mint Morgan Dollar Large Circulated Silver Coin [2623.02] $65.20 1915-D Barber Half Dollar 50C - Certified Pcgs Uncirculated Details (Ms Unc)1915-D Barber Half Dollar 50C - Certified Pcgs Uncirculated Details (Ms Unc) $455.90 Was: $485.00
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1928-S Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar *J971928-S Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar *J97 $29.95 1972-P 1C Doubled Die Obverse #12 Ch Bu (Doubling On Tail Of 2)1972-P 1C Doubled Die Obverse #12 Ch Bu (Doubling On Tail Of 2) $25.00
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1885-O Toned Morgan Silver Dollar $1 - Certified Pcgs Ms64 - Nice Rainbow Toning1885-O Toned Morgan Silver Dollar $1 - Certified Pcgs Ms64 - Nice Rainbow Toning $220.90 Was: $235.00 1888-S $1 Morgan Silver Dollar Mint State #1440111888-S $1 Morgan Silver Dollar Mint State #144011 $382.19
1936 Mercury Dime About Uncirculated Au Nice Original Coin From Bobs Coins1936 Mercury Dime About Uncirculated Au Nice Original Coin From Bobs Coins $5.70 Was: $6.00 1999-S Clad 10C Roosevelt Dime Ngc Pf 69 Uc Proof, San Francisco1999-S Clad 10C Roosevelt Dime Ngc Pf 69 Uc Proof, San Francisco $24.00
1970 S kennedy half dollar Gem 40% Silver Proof1970 S kennedy half dollar Gem 40% Silver Proof $4.99 (8) 1930 S U.S. Lincoln Wheat Cents(8) 1930 S U.S. Lincoln Wheat Cents $0.99
1925-S Buffalo Nickel! Well Struck Full Date & Liberty! Bold Coin! 64321925-S Buffalo Nickel! Well Struck Full Date & Liberty! Bold Coin! 6432 $47.99 Was: $79.99 1853 $1 Gold Dollar Anacs Graded Ms621853 $1 Gold Dollar Anacs Graded Ms62 $419.99
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1921-P Morgan Silver Dollar - Anacs Ms 64 - Vam 2A1921-P Morgan Silver Dollar - Anacs Ms 64 - Vam 2A $69.00 1809 Classic Head Half Cent *5371809 Classic Head Half Cent *537 $49.95
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1938-D Choice Buffalo Nickel *Q601938-D Choice Buffalo Nickel *Q60 $39.95 1939-S 1C Rd Lincoln Wheat One Cent Pcgs Ms66Rd Q-4071939-S 1C Rd Lincoln Wheat One Cent Pcgs Ms66Rd Q-407 $28.00 Was: $35.00
1942 Mercury Dime Xf+1942 Mercury Dime Xf+ $5.99 1950-S Roosevelt Dime in Brillant Uncirculated Cond.1950-S Roosevelt Dime in Brillant Uncirculated Cond. $26.50
1944 Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar *Ngc Certified Ms61* Sweet! Free Ship!1944 Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar *Ngc Certified Ms61* Sweet! Free Ship! $49.99 1903 Morgan Dollar Large Nice Silver Coin [2624.03]1903 Morgan Dollar Large Nice Silver Coin [2624.03] $74.53
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2016-D Gerald R. Ford Dollar Unc Condition2016-D Gerald R. Ford Dollar Unc Condition $1.32 2014 P kennedy silver half dollar first release 50th anniversay2014 P kennedy silver half dollar first release 50th anniversay $39.99
1988 S Silver $1 1988 Olympic Dollar 90% Coa included.1988 S Silver $1 1988 Olympic Dollar 90% Coa included. $25.46 Was: $29.95 Key Date Vg/F 1938 D Walking Liberty Half Dollar / 50 Cent - Only 491,600! DKey Date Vg/F 1938 D Walking Liberty Half Dollar / 50 Cent - Only 491,600! D $59.00
1880 Morgan Silver Dollar Great Relief Great Condition Philadelphia Mint # 1 Vg1880 Morgan Silver Dollar Great Relief Great Condition Philadelphia Mint # 1 Vg $30.95 1881-O Morgan Dollar *Choice B.U.* Vam-26, I-2, R-5 *Free Shipping*1881-O Morgan Dollar *Choice B.U.* Vam-26, I-2, R-5 *Free Shipping* $46.95
1992 United States Mint Premier Silver Proof Set 5 Coins ~w/ Box & Coa1992 United States Mint Premier Silver Proof Set 5 Coins ~w/ Box & Coa $29.99 1903 Morgan Dollar Large Silver Coin [2624.02]1903 Morgan Dollar Large Silver Coin [2624.02] $65.20
1951-S Washington Quarter 25C - Pcgs Ms67+ Cac - Pq Plus Grade - $650 Value!1951-S Washington Quarter 25C - Pcgs Ms67+ Cac - Pq Plus Grade - $650 Value! $465.30 Was: $495.00 1919 Lincoln Wheat Cent Huge 15% Curved Clip Mint Error Ngc Vf 30 Bn Ac1919 Lincoln Wheat Cent Huge 15% Curved Clip Mint Error Ngc Vf 30 Bn Ac $284.95 Was: $299.95
From Original Obw Uncirculated Roll, 1997-P Kennedy Half Dollars In 2X2sIFrom Original Obw Uncirculated Roll, 1997-P Kennedy Half Dollars In 2X2sI $2.99 1924-S Lincoln Wheat Cent 1C - Uncirculated Details (Dipped) - Rare Ms Unc Coin1924-S Lincoln Wheat Cent 1C - Uncirculated Details (Dipped) - Rare Ms Unc Coin $220.90 Was: $235.00
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1970 D Ngc Ms65 Rd Lincoln Cent 1c, Tough Date, Rare!00002D0D 1970 D Ngc Ms65 Rd Lincoln Cent 1c, Tough Date, Rare! $17.49 Was: $24.99 1902 Barber Quarter Ngc Au-58 Small Silver Coin [1131.06]1902 Barber Quarter Ngc Au-58 Small Silver Coin [1131.06] $232.91
1981 United States Proof Set1981 United States Proof Set $4.89 1819 50C Capped Bust Half Dollar Pcgs 62 Valued At $3,8001819 50C Capped Bust Half Dollar Pcgs 62 Valued At $3,800 $2,500.00
1992 lincoln cent error1992 lincoln cent error $0.99 2010 Brilliant Uncirculated History Of Gold Commemorative Coin-Fort Knox2010 Brilliant Uncirculated History Of Gold Commemorative Coin-Fort Knox $22.25
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