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Lincoln Wheat Pennies (1909 - 1958)

Lincoln Wheat Pennies (1909 - 1958)
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1909-1958 Wheat Cent 5,000-Count Bags
Any quantity only $249.99 per item!
We obtain these $50 face value bags from multiple vendors and ship them out as is. There are no guarantees on what you will find, so this is a great product for an undiscerning customer looking for a selection of wheat cents. Read More
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1909-2009 Near Complete Lincoln Cent Set Dansco Album
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1909 Lincoln Cent 50-Coin Roll Avg Circ
First year of issue! Nice average circulated pieces. Read More
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1909 VDB Lincoln Cent XF
Nice, problem-free Lincoln, perfect for a type set or album collection! Read More
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1909 VDB Lincoln Cent AU
Nice light brown coins with just the slightest bit of wear on the high points of the design. Nice coin for a high grade set of Lincoln Cents! Read More
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1909 VDB Lincoln Cent MS-64 NGC (Red/Brown)
A one year type, the 1909 VDB Lincolns are a popular collectible. This is a great example of this first year of issue cent to start your high end Lincoln set. Read More
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1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent VF
This coin features nice, evenly worn surfaces with no distractions! Read More
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1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent AU
A beautiful chocolate brown with no distracting marks! Ultra nice strike with an extremely bold V.D.B. Read More
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1909-S Lincoln Cent Good
Great first year of issue coin from the San Francisco Mint. This variety does not have the designer's initials on the reverse. Read More
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1909-S Lincoln Cent VG
Great first year of issue coin. This variety does not have the designer's initials on the reverse. Read More
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1909-S Lincoln Cent Fine
Great first year of issue coin! This variety does not have the designer's initials on the reverse. Read More
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1911-S Lincoln Cent Fine
These coins are rapidly increasing in value! Read More
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1911-S Lincoln Cent AU
Not often available at this level of preservation! Read More
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1912-D Lincoln Cent XF
Great details on this early date Lincoln Cent! Read More
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1913-D Lincoln Cent XF
An evenly worn coin that will fit nicely into any circulated set. Read More
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1914-D Lincoln Cent VF
This 1914-D cent is a solid, problem free Very Fine example of this semi-key Lincoln Cent issue with a mintage of 1.2 million coins. Read More
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1914-S Lincoln Cent XF
A nice evenly worn coin that is over 100 years old. Read More
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1915-D Lincoln Cent XF
This 1915-D Lincoln Cent comes in Extra Fine condition. Read More
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1915-D Lincoln Cent AU
Early Lincoln Wheat Cents such as this one are not often available at this high level of preservation. Read More
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1915-S Lincoln Cent VF
A nice Very Fine coin for an above average circulated set! Read More
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1920-1929 Wheat Cent 5,000-ct Bags (All from the 1920s)
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1921-S Lincoln Cent AU
A nice circulated example of a slightly better coin, especially in higher grades. Even wear and even color make this coin even more appealing. Read More
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1922-D Lincoln Cent Good/VG
A lightly worn coin that will fit nicely into any circulated set. Read More
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1924-D Lincoln Cent Fine
This circulated example of this slightly better date makes a great addition to any circulated set of Lincoln Cents. Read More
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1924-D Lincoln Cent VF
Great coin for a circulated set of Lincoln Cents! Read More
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1924-S Lincoln Cent AU
Great coin for a circulated set of Lincoln Cents! Read More
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1926-S Lincoln Cent XF
Better date coin at this grade level! Read More
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1930 Lincoln Cent MS-64 (Red)
A beautiful full red beauty. Well struck with tremendous eye appeal. Read More
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1931-D Lincoln Cent XF
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1931-S Lincoln Cent VF
A light evenly worn coin that will fit nicely into any circulated set. Read More
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1931-S Lincoln Cent AU
Nice coin to upgrade a high end set of Lincoln Cents. Read More
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1933-D Lincoln Cent XF
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1956-D Lincoln Cent BU (Red)
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1958-D Lincoln Cent BU (Red)
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Rare Wheat Pennies

A major event in the life of Wheat Pennies is the alteration of its metal content made in 1942 and 1943. While all Americans generally think of Copper pennies and believe that pennies are made of pure Copper, that is not accurate now and has varied many times throughout history. During the conflicts of World War II, facing enemies on both the Eastern and the Western fronts, the government determined that it needed all the copper and tin in the country to put towards munitions for the war effort. In 1942, the United States Mint removed all but a trace of tin from the alloy used for the Wheat Cent, which technically speaking changed the metal from bronze to brass. Further, because the Mint had a supply of existing bronze coining strip already prepared, the Lincoln Cents of 1942 are made from both alloys.

Collect Lincoln Pennies

However, if you find a 1943 penny made out copper, it may be worth quite a bit of money—up to $10,000 or more. This is because any 1943 copper penny is a coin made in error; the Mint accidentally used the wrong planchets when striking the coin. Very, very few of these coins actually made it into circulation. Simply put, some copper planchets left over from previous years were left in the corners of the huge bins that transported the blank planchets around the mint. When they mixed in with the regular zinc plated steel planchets they were processed through the coining presses.

Another indication of a rarer Wheat Penny is a small “S” mintmark under the date of a Lincoln Wheat Penny. This indicates that the penny was minted at the San Francisco mint facility. Collectors fervently seek these particular pennies, and they may trade for higher premiums than common wheat cents. A “D” under the date indicates that the penny was minted in Denver, while lack of a mintmark indicates that the penny was minted in Philadelphia. Further, mint year 1909 also saw some wheat pennies struck with the designer’s initials, “VDB” for Victor D. Brenner, along the bottom rim of the coin just below the wheat stalks. Because fewer pennies were minted with the engraved initials, check your 1909 Lincoln Wheat Penny to see if it has the VDB engraving. This could enhance its value.

History of the Wheat Penny

The Lincoln Cent might never have existed but for the persistence of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. The President had an eye for beauty and believed that America's coins were uninspiring compared to those of European countries. His personal and professional acquaintance with renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens added to this conviction, and Roosevelt eventually commissioned Saint-Gaudens to begin redesigning all of the U.S. coinage. Sadly, Saint-Gaudens passed away before he fished the U.S. coins, or we would likely have had a Saint-Gaudens penny, showcasing his signature artistic flair. Instead, we have the familiar profile of President Abraham Lincoln designed by Victor Brenner. Before the Lincoln Wheat Cent, the United States mint refrained from placing the image of a real person, either living or dead, on circulating coins. It was considered undignified. However, slain President Abraham Lincoln was already thought of as an heroic American icon by the turn of the twentieth century, and Roosevelt conceived the idea of featuring Lincoln on an American coin as soon as he viewed sculptor Victor David Brenner's bronze plaque of Lincoln.

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