Lincoln Memorial Cent
The Lincoln Memorial Cent was introduced in 1959 as the successor to the Lincoln Wheat Cent, with an image of the Lincoln Memorial replacing the prior wheat stalks design. It was produced in large quantities from 1959 to 2008, with the Memorial reverse design being discontinued in 2008.
When did the penny design change?
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was featured on the back of the penny in a new design by Frank Gasparro in 1958, which was released in 1959 to commemorate Lincoln’s 150th birthday. In 2010, the back of the penny was redesigned again to feature a union shield.
Why does the 2009 penny look different?
The majority of the die varieties involved Lincoln’s hand that is holding the book; some of the minor varieties make it appear as if there is a shadow by Lincoln’s fingers, while other more dramatic varieties make it appear as if there are additional fingers on Lincoln’s hands.
When did the Lincoln Memorial appear on the penny?
The u201cLincoln Memorialu201d penny design was first issued in 1959 and was replaced by the Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Program in 2008. The obverse design, which features President Abraham Lincoln, was first issued in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth.
When was the tail side of the penny changed from wheat?
Since the Memorial design on the reverse of the Lincoln penny replaced the two wheat stalks in 1959, wheat pennies have been a popular coin to u201csnagu201d out of circulation.
Why did they change the back of the penny?
Because the value of copper in the coin began to rise above one cent in 1982, the composition of the cent was changed; some 1982 pennies had a 97.5% zinc composition, while others had a 95% copper composition.
How much is a 2009 penny with a log cabin on the back worth?
Log cabin pennies struck for circulation are worth face value if worn, and Lincoln log cabin pennies sell for roughly 10 to 25 cents if purchased uncirculated from a coin dealer at the time of this writing.
What is the picture on the back of the 2009 penny?
The four designs that will appear on the reverse of the Lincoln pennies represent four major aspects of President Abraham Lincoln’s life: his birth and childhood in Kentucky, his formative years in Indiana, his professional life in Illinois, and his Presidency in Washington, D.C.
What year pennies are worth keeping?
Because they are almost entirely copper rather than an alloy, Lincoln pennies minted between 1959 and 1982 are more valuable, and improperly prepared dies can result in coins with a “double” image.
Are any Lincoln Memorial pennies valuable?
While most Lincoln Memorial pennies are worth only face value if worn and 5 to 25 cents if uncirculated, there are a few special Lincoln Memorial cents worth hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. 1969-S Doubled Die cent: $50,000 or more in uncirculated grades. 1970-S Small Date cent: $50 in Mint State.
What is the rarest mint mark?
The wide AM reverse Lincoln cent dates from 1998, 1999, or 2000, with 1999 being the most scarce; the A and M in America have more space between them than usual, and this coin is worth up to $600.
What are the rarest Lincoln pennies?
Check to see if you have any of these valuable pennies before you say, “Keep the change.”
- 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse.
- 1992 Close AM Reverse.
- 1972 Doubled Die Obverse.
- 1995 Doubled Die Obverse.
- 1999 Wide AM Reverse.
- 1983 Double Die Reverse. (Image: Heritage Auctions, HA.com)
- 1995 Doubled Die Obverse.
Is a 1952 penny rare?
Despite the fact that the 1952 Lincoln Wheat penny is a fairly common coin, auction records show that some unusual specimens have been sold.
Why is 1944 wheat penny rare?
The 1944 Lincoln penny is particularly desirable to collectors, not only because of its design, but also because of its scarcity: because no more 1944 Lincolns are being produced, their scarcity is constantly increasing, making the coins more valuable.
Is a penny from 1930 worth anything?
The value of a 1930 S wheat penny in extremely fine condition is around $2.50; in uncirculated condition, coins with an MS 60 grade can sell for around $12; uncirculated coins with an MS 63 grade can sell for around $28. The 1930 S wheat penny is worth around $0.20 in good condition.