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Lincoln Cent

Lincoln Cent

  • 1909 1C VDB RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS67
    1909 1C VDB RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 506013004

    1909 1C VDB RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS67

    $937.50
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  • 1909 1C VDB RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67
    1909 1C VDB RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 506006009

    1909 1C VDB RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67

    $1,000.00
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  • 1909 1C VDB RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67
    1909 1C VDB RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 766907001

    1909 1C VDB RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67

    $1,250.00
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  • 1909-S 1C Lincoln RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS66
    1909-S 1C Lincoln RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 766797003

    1909-S 1C Lincoln RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS66

    $4,071.00
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  • 1909-S 1C VDB BN Lincoln Cent NGC VF35
    1909-S 1C VDB BN Lincoln Cent NGC VF35
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767090006

    1909-S 1C VDB BN Lincoln Cent NGC VF35

    $1,500.00
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  • 1909-S 1C VDB BN Lincoln Cent PCGS F12
    1909-S 1C VDB BN Lincoln Cent PCGS F12
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 505790003

    1909-S 1C VDB BN Lincoln Cent PCGS F12

    $1,125.00
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  • 1909-S 1C VDB BN Lincoln Cent PCGS VF30
    1909-S 1C VDB BN Lincoln Cent PCGS VF30
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767090007

    1909-S 1C VDB BN Lincoln Cent PCGS VF30

    $1,437.50
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  • 1909-S 1C VDB RB Lincoln Cent CACG MS65
    1909-S 1C VDB RB Lincoln Cent CACG MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767010001

    1909-S 1C VDB RB Lincoln Cent CACG MS65

    $5,900.00
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  • 1909-S/S 1C S/Horiz S RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS65
    1909-S/S 1C S/Horiz S RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 764594021

    1909-S/S 1C S/Horiz S RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS65

    $875.00
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  • 1911-S 1C RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS64
    1911-S 1C RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767502022

    1911-S 1C RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS64

    $687.50
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  • 1913 1C Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR66
    1913 1C Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767274011

    1913 1C Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR66

    $2,950.00
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  • 1914 1C BN Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR64
    1914 1C BN Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 518694016

    1914 1C BN Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR64

    $937.50
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  • 1914 1C RB CAC Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR66
    1914 1C RB CAC Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767274012

    1914 1C RB CAC Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR66

    $3,245.00
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  • 1914-D 1C BN Lincoln Cent Details NGC AU50
    1914-D 1C BN Lincoln Cent Details NGC AU50
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 519054013

    1914-D 1C BN Lincoln Cent Details NGC AU50

    $1,312.50
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  • 1914-D 1C BN Lincoln Cent NGC MS62
    1914-D 1C BN Lincoln Cent NGC MS62
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767563009

    1914-D 1C BN Lincoln Cent NGC MS62

    $3,245.00
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  • 1914-D 1C BN Lincoln Cent PCGS XF40
    1914-D 1C BN Lincoln Cent PCGS XF40
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 765936006

    1914-D 1C BN Lincoln Cent PCGS XF40

    $843.75
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  • 1915-D 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS66
    1915-D 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 506001003

    1915-D 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS66

    $2,937.50
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  • 1915-S 1C RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS65
    1915-S 1C RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 766999012

    1915-S 1C RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS65

    $1,593.75
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  • 1922 No D Strong Reverse BN CAC Lincoln Cent PCGS XF40
    1922 No D Strong Reverse BN CAC Lincoln Cent PCGS XF40
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767000001

    1922 No D Strong Reverse BN CAC Lincoln Cent PCGS XF40

    $2,937.50
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  • 1922 No D Strong Reverse BN Lincoln Cent PCGS F12
    1922 No D Strong Reverse BN Lincoln Cent PCGS F12
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 519097167

    1922 No D Strong Reverse BN Lincoln Cent PCGS F12

    $875.00
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  • 1923-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS63
    1923-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS63
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767502041

    1923-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS63

    $1,437.50
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  • 1924-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS63
    1924-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS63
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767502042

    1924-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS63

    $1,250.00
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  • 1926-S 1C RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS65
    1926-S 1C RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 766794001

    1926-S 1C RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS65

    $5,605.00
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  • 1928 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67
    1928 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 506001018

    1928 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67

    $1,250.00
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  • 1930-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent NGC MS67
    1930-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent NGC MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 519097038

    1930-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent NGC MS67

    $2,950.00
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  • 1930-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS66
    1930-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 519202018

    1930-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS66

    $585.00
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  • 1934-D 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67
    1934-D 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 518926039

    1934-D 1C RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67

    $2,125.00
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  • 1935-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent NGC MS67
    1935-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent NGC MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 506068033

    1935-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent NGC MS67

    $1,875.00
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  • 1937 1C RD Proof Lincoln Cent NGC PR66
    1937 1C RD Proof Lincoln Cent NGC PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 765510001

    1937 1C RD Proof Lincoln Cent NGC PR66

    $687.50
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  • 1938 1C RD Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR67
    1938 1C RD Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 765226006

    1938 1C RD Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR67

    $1,187.50
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  • 1941 1C RB Proof Lincoln Cent NGC PR67
    1941 1C RB Proof Lincoln Cent NGC PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 506199002

    1941 1C RB Proof Lincoln Cent NGC PR67

    $1,812.50
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  • 1943-D/D 1C Lincoln Cent PCGS MS65
    1943-D/D 1C Lincoln Cent PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767502070

    1943-D/D 1C Lincoln Cent PCGS MS65

    $875.00
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  • 1944-D/S 1C FS-512 Lincoln Cent NGC MS66
    1944-D/S 1C FS-512 Lincoln Cent NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 505782055

    1944-D/S 1C FS-512 Lincoln Cent NGC MS66

    $1,125.00
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  • 1945-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent NGC MS68
    1945-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent NGC MS68
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 518973010

    1945-S 1C RD Lincoln Cent NGC MS68

    $2,950.00
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  • 1955 1C Doubled Die Obverse FS-101 BN Lincoln Cent Details NGC MS60
    1955 1C Doubled Die Obverse FS-101 BN Lincoln Cent Details NGC MS60
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 506018013

    1955 1C Doubled Die Obverse FS-101 BN Lincoln Cent Details NGC MS60

    $2,875.00
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  • 1955 Doubled Die Obverse RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS63
    1955 Doubled Die Obverse RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS63
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767090009

    1955 Doubled Die Obverse RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS63

    $5,487.00
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  • 1958 1C RD Lincoln Cent NGC MS67+
    1958 1C RD Lincoln Cent NGC MS67+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 519097044

    1958 1C RD Lincoln Cent NGC MS67+

    $1,187.50
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  • 1959 1C CA Proof Lincoln Cent NGC PR69
    1959 1C CA Proof Lincoln Cent NGC PR69
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 519097082

    1959 1C CA Proof Lincoln Cent NGC PR69

    $750.00
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  • 1972 1C Doubled Die Obverse FS-101 RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS65
    1972 1C Doubled Die Obverse FS-101 RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 519097164

    1972 1C Doubled Die Obverse FS-101 RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS65

    $617.50
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  • 1972 1C Doubled Die Obverse RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS65
    1972 1C Doubled Die Obverse RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767090010

    1972 1C Doubled Die Obverse RB Lincoln Cent NGC MS65

    $617.50
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  • 1972 1C Doubled Die Obverse RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS65
    1972 1C Doubled Die Obverse RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 519097172

    1972 1C Doubled Die Obverse RB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS65

    $617.50
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  • 1980-S 1C Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR70
    1980-S 1C Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR70
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 518926073

    1980-S 1C Proof Lincoln Cent PCGS PR70

    $1,250.00
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  • 1995 1C DBL DIE Lincoln Cent NGC MS68+
    1995 1C DBL DIE Lincoln Cent NGC MS68+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 518973043

    1995 1C DBL DIE Lincoln Cent NGC MS68+

    $812.50
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  • 1995 1C DBL DIE RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS69
    1995 1C DBL DIE RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS69
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767563011

    1995 1C DBL DIE RD Lincoln Cent PCGS MS69

    $3,245.00
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Lincoln Wheat Cent Design (1909 – 1958)

Based on a plaque executed several years earlier President Theodore Roosevelt was so impressed with the talents of sculptor Victor David Brenner that Roosevelt commissioned him to design a new cent coin. It marked a radical departure from the accepted styling of United States coins. When the Lincoln one cent coin made its initial appearance in 1909 it was at a time that previously there had been a strong feeling against using portraits on our coins, but public sentiment stemming from the 100th anniversary celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birth proved stronger than the long-standing prejudice.

Why is the 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent so popular?

Cents with and without Brenner's initials were struck at both the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints. Coins struck at Philadelphia bear no mint mark while those struck at San Francisco were marked with an S. While almost 28 million Philadelphia VDB cents were struck, making them quite common, the 1909-S with Brenner's initials (commonly called the 1909-S VDB) is the rarest Lincoln cent by date and mint-mark, with only 484,000 released for circulation.

The obverse or heads side was the Lincoln Bust designed by Victor David Brenner, as was the original reverse, depicting two stalks of wheat known as wheat pennies struck 1909–1958. The coin has seen several reverse, or tails, designs and now bears one by Lyndall Bass depicting a Union shield. All coins struck by the United States government with a value of 1/100 of a dollar are called cents because the United States has always minted coins using decimals. The penny nickname is a carryover from the coins struck in England, which went to decimals for coins in 1971.

Interestingly, there are more one cent coins produced than any other denomination. In its life span, this coin has weathered two world conflicts, one of which changed it materially, because metals play a vital part in any war effort.

At the time of World War II, the one-cent coin was composed of 95 percent copper and 5 percent zinc. These metals were denied to the Mint for the duration of the war, making it necessary for the Mint to seek a substitute material. After much deliberation, even including consideration of plastics, zinc-coated steel was chosen as the best in a limited range of suitable materials.

On January 1, 1944, the Mint was able to adopt a modified alloy, the supply being derived from expended shell casing which when melted furnished a composition similar to the original, but with a faint trace of tin. The original weight of 48 grains was also restored.

In 1952, the Mint considered replacing the Lincoln cent with a new design by Mint Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts, but Mint officials feared that the incoming Eisenhower administration would be hostile to replacing a Republican on the cent. Several thousand 1955 pieces were struck with a doubled die, and display doubling of the date. The Mint was aware of the pieces, and knew they were somewhere within a large production lot, but opted to release them, rather than destroy the entire lot. The variety did not become widely known until several years later. Now one of the most popular and valuable varieties for collectors is the 1955 Double Die Obverse.

Lincoln Memorial Cent Design (1959 – 2008)

On Sunday morning, December 21, 1958, President Eisenhower's press secretary, James Hagerty, issued a press release announcing that a new reverse design for the cent would begin production on January 2, 1959. The new design, by Frank Gasparro, had been developed by the Treasury in consultation with the Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission. Approved by the President and by Secretary of the Treasury Robert B. Anderson, the new design featured the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The redesign came as a complete surprise, as word of the proposal had not been leaked. The coin was officially released on February 12, 1959, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, although some pieces entered circulation early.

The selected design was the result of an internal competition among the Mint's engravers. Gasparro did not go in person to see the Lincoln Memorial, a place he had never visited. According to Anderson, Gasparro created an "impressive" image of the Memorial, however, Taxay states that the design "looks at first glance like a trolley car". Numismatic historian Walter Breen describes Gasparro's design as "an artistic disaster".

Copper prices began to rise in 1973, to such an extent that the intrinsic value of the coin approached a cent, and citizens began to hoard cents, hoping to realize a profit. The Mint decided to switch to an aluminum cent. Over a million and a half such pieces were struck in the second half of 1973, though they were dated 1974. At congressional hearings, representatives of the vending machine industry testified that aluminum cents would jam their equipment, and the Mint backed away from its proposal. Mint director Mary Brooks sought the return of samples which had been distributed to members of Congress, but 14 remained missing, with the recipients affecting not to know what had become of them. One aluminum cent was donated to the Smithsonian Institution for the National Numismatic Collection another was reportedly found by a US Capitol Police Officer.

In 1981, faced with another rise in the price of copper, the Mint decided to change the composition of the cent to copper-covered zinc. After contract difficulties and production delays, the first such cents were struck at the West Point Mint (without mint-mark) on January 7, 1982. Denver did not convert to the new composition until October 21. A few pieces were struck by error in bronze dated 1983 and are extremely rare. A number of small changes were made to the obverse design in the 1990's and early 2000's.

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