The Lincoln cent is an enduring American classic produced for the past 112 years, making it the longest running United States coin design in existence, albeit with modification. In 1905, famed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens was hired by the Mint at the request of President Roosevelt to beautify the nation’s coinage. Although Saint-Gaudens successfully redesigned the $10 and $20 gold pieces, he died in 1907 before he could submit designs for the new cent. Consequently, the Mint commissioned Victor D. Brenner in January of 1909 to design a one cent coin honoring Abraham Lincoln on the centennial of his birth. This marked the first widely circulating U.S. coin to feature the likeness of a President, as this concept had previously been considered too monarchical, particularly by George Washington. The obverse featured a bust of Lincoln, while the reverse depicted two stalks of wheat, representing staples of the U.S. economy, flanking the denomination. Brenner’s revolutionary design was approved, and the new coins were released to the public on August 2nd, 1909 with much fanfare. Like the outgoing Indian cent, the new Lincoln cent was composed primarily of copper. You will receive the unique coin shown in the photos housed in a plush-lined box with a certificate of authenticity.
- Type: Lincoln Wheat Cent (1909-1958)
- Designer: Victor David Brenner
- Weight: 2.70 grams
- Diameter: 19.00 mm
- Composition: 95% Copper, 5% Copper & Tin
- Obverse Design: Abraham Lincoln, facing right
- Obverse Inscription: LIBERTY / IN GOD WE TRUST / DATE
- Reverse Design: Wheat stalks flanking denomination
- Reverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / E PLURIBUS UNUM / ONE CENT
- Quality Assurance:
The product offered for sale in this listing has been certified by one or more professional certification services, so you can be confident in the authenticity and stated condition
- This listing is for one coin.