One of the most widely-collected coins, the Lincoln cent (often called "penny") was the first regular US coin to feature the portrait of a real person – Abraham Lincoln. Created to celebrate Lincoln’s 100th birthday, it was first struck in 1909 and is still in use today.

The reverse of the penny stated the denomination – "one cent" – in the center and featured wheat ears on either side. This design lasted until 1959, Lincoln’s 150th birthday and the 50th year of the coin’s production, when the image of the Lincoln memorial that is still seen on pennies today was first used.

Lincoln pennies have been made from various different materials over the years. Originally, they were made of 95% copper and 5% tin and zinc, but in 1943, copper was needed for the war effort, so they were made using steel coated with zinc. However, these new 1943 pennies looked very similar to dimes, confusing some members of the public, so in 1944 and 1945, they were produced using spent shell casings and a small amount of new copper. This gave them the same coloring and feel as the original bronze cents.

Lincoln bronze cents began to be made again in 1947, and in 1982, the mint switched to copper-plated zinc.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

The Lincoln Cent Resource

The Lincoln Cent Resource

Coin sites are known for their attention to detail, but few are as obsessive as The Lincoln Cent Resource, which is… [read review or visit site]

This extensive guide to the pressed pennies of Disneyland won’t leave you flat; it’s comprehensive, information… [read review or visit site]

Legendary Coins and Currency

Legendary Coins and Currency

This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is a great way to get an overview… [read review or visit site]

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Home to the Society of U.S. Pattern collectors, this well-organized site provides in-depth information on pattern c… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1955/55 Ddo Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Rare Choice Bu++ Doubled Die Obverse!1909-s Vdb Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Lustrous Red Gem Bu++ Key Date! * Free S/h!1922 No "d" Lincoln Wheat Cent -die 2- Extremely Fine+ Very Rare!!1922 "no D" Lincoln Cent Choice Vf Die Pair #3 Coin With Weak Reverse1930 Lincoln Wheat Cent Ngc Ms 67 Red Awesome Coin Ngc Book Value $1025 ValuePenny Roll #1 { 1911-? Quarter Eagle & 1916-s Wheat Cent } *new-batch ~ Just-in*Circulated 1914-d Denver Mint Copper Lincoln Wheat Cent Free Shipping1914-d 1c Lincoln Cent Red Brown Uncirculated Key Full Bowtie & Wheat Ears Rare!1909-s Vdb Lincoln Cent Xf 45 Bn Ngc1909 S Vdb Lincoln Wheat Ear, Cent, Penny.1912-d Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Gorgeous Red Brown Gem Bu++ Better Date!1927-s Lincoln Wheat Cent Ms 63 Rd Pcgs & Cac1912-s Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Gorgeous Gem Bu++ Better Date, * Free Shipping!1913-s Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Tougher Bu San Francisco Better Date * Free S/h1922 No D Lincoln Cent Ngc Vf30 Strong Reverse 1925-s Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Very Nice Red Gem Bu++ Tougher Date ** Free S/hKey Date 1909-s Lincoln Wheat Cent Extra Fine1915-s Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Red Sharply Struck Solid Gem Bu, * Better Date!Lincoln Penny Set In Album 1909 Vdb - 1940-s, Missing 5 Coins Some UncirculatedCirculated Grade 1914-d Lincoln Cent - Key Date Issue1911-d Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Very Nice Red Brown Gem Bu Better Date!Penny Roll #9 { 1972 Double Die Lincoln Memorial Cent & 1928-s Wheat } New BatchWheat Penny Roll Gorgeous Red Bu 1909 Indian Head Fl With 4 Diamonds Looks 1914-d Lincoln Wheat Back Cent Penny Rare Key Date1925-d Lincoln Wheat Penny Off Center Us Mint Error Coin1909 S Vdb 1c One Cent Wheat Penny Unc Red Rd Beautiful Nr Free Ship! 0261931-s Lincoln Wheat Cent ~ Ch/au++ "luster" Better Date!1944 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Ms67 Red Ngc Cac 1909-s Vdb 1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Pcgs Genuine Large Scratch Penny Coin Sku 51331931 S Lincoln Cent Ms Bu Key Date1909-s Lincoln Wheat Cent Vg/f. Read!!30pc Brilliant Uncirculated Roll { 1935-s + Ddo } Lincoln Wheat Cents ~ Choicebu1915-s Lincoln Cent Wheat , Nice Red Brown Solid Gem Bu++ Copper, * Better Date!1918-s Lincoln Wheat Cent Ngc Ms64bn Some Red1909vdb/1909vdb Wheat Cent Old Window Wrapped Roll Wheat/indian Cents #45101917 Lincoln Wheat Cent 1c Pcgs Ms 65 Rd1920-s Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Pq Lustrous Near Gem Bu! ** Rare This Nice!1920-s Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Red, Gem Bu Better Date, ** Free Shipping!78 Lincoln Wheat Cents In A Book Dated 1909-1940 Free S/h!Circulated 1931-s San Francisco Mint Lincoln Wheat Cent Key Date50pc Roll Of Unsearched Indian Head Cents { 1877 Indian Head Cent & 1894 Ih } #140pc Roll Of Unsearched Indian Head Cents { 1908-s Or 1909-s Ih & 1862 Ih } #41930 D Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Ngc Ms65 Rd Red Uncirculated1912-s Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Choice Bu Red-brown Beauty! ** Free Shipping!Penny Roll #10 { 1921-s Lincoln Wheat Cent & 1914-s Wheat Cent } *new Batch*1926-d Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Beautiful Red-brown Near Gem Better Date!1928-s Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Lustrous Red-brown Near Gem! ** Free Shipping!1909 S Lincoln Cent Penny - Fine Condition - 1931-s Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Attractive Red Gem! ** Better Date! ** Free S/h1909-1991 Lincoln Cents Coin Collection Dansco Album Great Gift New CollectorUltra  rare 1909 S Vdb  lincoln  cent1909-s Wheat/1899 Indian Head Old Window Wrapped Roll Wheat/indian Cent #45011914-d Lincoln Wheat Cent Ngc F15 Key Date Nice!1909-s Wheat/1899 Indian Head Old Window Wrapped Roll Wheat/indian Cent #45071931-d Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Red Near Gem! ** Free Shipping!Ω 1909-s Vdb Lincoln Wheat Cent VfWheat Penny Roll-1909 Vdb & 1914 S Key Ends- *estate Nr* Unsearched Cent Lot 1935-s Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Lustrous Red Gem! ** Free Shipping!1910 Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny, Red Solid Gem Bu! ** Free Shipping!1931-s Lincoln Cent Anacs Ms-60 Details Cleaned