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The current image of President Abraham Lincoln has appeared on the circulation one-cent coin in the United States since 1909. President Lincolns bust was the first image of a former US President to appear on a widely circulated coin. Throughout its history, the one-cent piece has gone through various reverse designs, with the initial coins known as the Wheat Pennies. Today, Wheat Pennies in rolls of 50 are available to you.
The US penny is a one-cent coin that has been struck largely with copper since 1793 when the first circulation coins were issued by the newly formed United States Mint. During the first 60 years, the penny went through seven different obverse design elements ranging from a Flowing Hair Chain image of Liberty to the Draped Bust and Coronet designs. In 1859, the mint introduced the Indian Head cent available from 1859 to 1908. 1909 saw the introduction of the Lincoln penny series.
All Wheat Pennies in this listing debuted in 1909 as the original reverse design for the one-cent coin. President Lincoln features on the obverse and wheat stalks on the reverse. Through this listing, you receive rolls of 50 coins housed in tubes. The tubes contain Wheat Pennies with common date marks largely from the 1940s and 1950s. Most pennies issued during the Wheat Penny era feature 95% copper with zinc and tin, but many 1943 pennies are known as steel cents with copper and tin redirected to the war effort during World War II.
On the reverse of Wheat Pennies is the design that gives these coins their name. Used from 1909 to 1958, the Wheat Penny has two stalks of wheat flanking the engravings of the coins face value and the nation of issue.
The obverse side of Wheat Pennies includes the original portrait of President Abraham Lincoln. The man who saved the Union is captured in left-profile relief in this design from Victor David Brenner. The Wheat Penny originally included the initials of VDB on the reverse, but it was removed the next year due to the outcry of Americans who didn’t care for its prominence. Later versions of Wheat Pennies had VDB engraved in smaller text near Lincolns shoulder on the obverse.
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