All About Cents

One cent coins, or pennies as they are commonly called, have been made in the United States since 1793. Until 1857, cents were almost as large as our present day half dollar. They have been minted in their present size since 1857 though an experimental or pattern example dated 1856 does exist and is quite valuable. There have been only […]
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Lincoln Cents dated from 1909 to Present

In 1909, to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, a new cent design was introduced. The coin featured Victor David Brenner’s portrait of Lincoln on the front or obverse, and two wheat stalks on the reverse. The design remained the same until 1959, when the Lincoln Memorial replaced the wheat stalks. The coin’s metal content is the same […]
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1955 Double Die Cent

In 1955 something unusual happened at the Philadelphia Mint. During the process of preparing the working dies that were to be used for striking Lincoln cents, an error occurred. Working dies are made from steel blanks that receive several impressions from a master die (or hub as it is called). During one of these impressions, a slight misalignment occurred […]
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1972 Double Die Cent

In 1972 workers at the Philadelphia Mint made a mistake. While making a die that was used to mint Lincoln cents, a misalignment occurred causing the die with Lincoln’s portrait to have doubled letters and date. About 75,000 pieces were released before the error was discovered. If you have this cent, it will have distinct doubling […]
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1943 U.S. Copper Cent

In 1943 the United States Congress voted to make Lincoln cents out of zinc-coated steel. The country was fighting World War II and copper supplies were needed to make cartridge casings for the war effort. The steel pennies of 1943 were called silver cents because of their silver grey color. These cents range in color from grey […]
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1943 Centavo De Cobre

En 1943 el congreso de los Estados Unidos votó hacer los centavos de acero con un revestimiento de cinc. El país estaba luchando en la segunda guerra mundial y las provisiones de cobre fueron necesarias para fabricar las municiones de guerra. Los centavos de acero de 1943 fueron llamados plata centavos a causa de su […]
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All About Nickels

Nickel five cent pieces were first minted in 1866. The first nickel was the Shield type that portrayed the shield of the United States with the date below the shield and the words “In God We Trust” above the shield. The reverse has the number “5” in the center with either stars and rays surrounding it or stars […]
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