Monday, March 26, 2012

Lincoln Cents (1909 - present)

The Lincoln Cent was designed by Victor D. Brenner in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The designer’s initials (V.D.B.) appeared near the bottom of the coin on the reverse of a limited number of coins from 1909. That’s why 1909 is considered a key date. In 1918, the initials were restored to the obverse side. The Lincoln type was the first cent to have the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST.” Also, no other American coin design comes close to the 100-year life span of the Lincoln Cent. For its reverse, two simple wheat heads in memorial style were approved. Between the two wheat heads, the national motto “E Pluribus Unum” (One out of Many) stands bold along with the denomination. On the obverse, curving around the upper rim is the motto  “In God We Trust” placed above Abraham Lincoln's portrait. Lincoln Cents were issued with a Wheat Ear reverse from 1909 to 1958. From 1959 till present, we have the Lincoln Memorial Cent. As 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, the Mint released the new Lincoln Cent. Composition: .950 copper and .050 tin and zinc.

The history of the Lincoln Cent is much more complex than the result of the creativity of designer Victor D. Brenner. Under President Theodore Roosevelt’s command, the great artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens prepared designs for the new small cent featuring a flying eagle motif on obverse. Instead of the eagle though, Saint-Gaudens and Roosevelt favored a design with a head of Victory in profile wearing an Indian headdress. They liked this design so much that they decided to place it on the 1907 $10 instead. After Saint-Gaudens’ death, Brenner became in charge of the design of the rare cent and Lincoln was chosen as the perfect authentic subject for the wheat cent.

The Executive Coin Company is one of the top coin dealers in United States who offers a wide variety of Lincoln Cents for sale, expertly photographed and pictured for your view! Our Lincoln cents selection includes: the ever popular keydate 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent, the 1914-D Lincoln Cent key date, as well as Lincoln wheat pennies for sale from the 1910’s, 1920’s, 1930’s, and 1940’s in different grades including PCGS and NGC certified and graded. Be sure to check out our Lincoln cents for sale and the Lincoln cents Proof Rolls available on our official website!