Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lincoln cent, Wheat

History: Victor D. Brenner designed this cent which was issued to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The designer's initials VDB appear on the reverse of a limited quantity of cents of 1909. The Lincoln type was the first cent to have the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Owing to a shortage of copper during the critical year 1943, the treasury Department resorted to the use of zinc-coated steel for our cents. No bronze cents were officially issued in 1943, in error a few were struck though.
The same with the 1944 cents some, in error, were struck in steel. Minted 1909 to 1958.  I have found several wheat pennies though none of them of real value.

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