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1 Cent "Lincoln - Wheat Ears Reverse"

Features

Country United States
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1909-1958
Value 1 Cent (0.01 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Bronze
Weight 3.11 g
Diameter 19 mm
Thickness 1.4 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 132,
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
KM# A132,
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Schön# 130
  • Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461840.
  • Kahnt, Helmut & Günter Schön; 2016. Weltmünzkatalog 19. Jahrhundert: 1801-1900 (17. Auflage). Battenberg. ISBN 9783866461185.
  • Schön, Gerhard & Sebastian Krämer; 2017. Weltmünzkatalog 21. Jahrhundert: 2001-2016 (3. Auflage). Battenberg. ISBN 9783866461383.

Obverse

The portrait of Abraham Lincoln facing right with the date to the right, and the mintmark below the date

Lettering:
IN GOD WE TRUST
LIBERTY
1925
D
VDB

Engraver: Victor David Brenner

Victor David Brenner was a Litvak-American sculptor, engraver, and medalist known primarily as the designer of the United States Lincoln Cent.

Reverse

Two wheat ears surrounding lettering

Lettering:
E·PLURIBUS·UNUM
ONE CENT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Translation:
OUT·OF MANY·ONE
ONE CENT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Engraver: Victor David Brenner

Victor David Brenner was a Litvak-American sculptor, engraver, and medalist known primarily as the designer of the United States Lincoln Cent.

Edge

Smooth

1 Cent "Lincoln - Wheat Ears Reverse" -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Mints

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
D United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-date)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

Comments

How the signature "VDB" looks on reverse (1909 and 1909-S only)

© Ringgy

Coins from 1910-1917 do not have the VDB signature.  Starting in 1918, "VDB" was added onto the underside of Lincoln's bust, below the shoulder.

There are claims of a 1917 matte proof coin existing (one known). However, many sources now claim this coin does not exist.

KM# 132 - 1909-1942 bronze issues KM# 132a - 1943 zinc-coated steel issues
KM# A132 - 1944-1958 (bronze issues resumed).

Issues from 1944 to 1946 used brass made from spent wartime shell casings composed of 70% copper and 30% zinc. As a result, such issues are made of 95% copper and 5% zinc. However, alloy resumed to pre-war composition after 1946 (95% copper and 5% tin and zinc)

The 1943 bronze cent is a "Transitional Error" which occurred during the changeover from bronze to steel coated zinc.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1909  27,995,000 3.32 8.29 13.45 15.57 13.79 77.94 9% With signature "VDB"
1909  0.5% With signature "VDB"; Double Die Obverse (very rare), mintage included with 1909 VDB
1909  1,194 0.2% With signature "VDB"; Matte Proof
1909  72,702,618 1.07 3.02 2.36 3.84 5.19 9.20 10% Without signature "VDB"
1909  2,618 0.6% Without signature "VDB"; Proof
1909 S 484,000 0.8% With signature "VDB", excessively rare
1909 S 1,825,000 86.69 123.99 1.3% Without signature "VDB", very rare
1909 S 0.15% Without signature "VDB"; repunched mintmark (S over horizontal S); very rare
1910  146,801,218 0.54 0.59 0.58 1.18 1.35 14%
1910  4,118 0.2% Matte Proof
1910 S 6,045,000 9.36 15.78 21.52 3%
1911  101,177,787 0.53 0.46 1.38 1.30 4.49 11%
1911  1,725 0.2% Matte Proof
1911 D 12,672,000 2.22 5.33 4.74 12.53 3%
1911 S 4,026,000 77.60 24.82 21.12 54.53 1.9%
1912  68,153,060 1.04 1.05 1.91 2.00 4.02 9%
1912  2,172 0.17% Matte Proof
1912 D 10,411,000 3.28 3.35 3.15 5.86 3%
1912 S 4,431,000 14.25 10.93 29.46 2%
1913  76,532,352 1.00 1.04 1.18 2.01 9%
1913  2,983 0.2% Matte Proof
1913 D 15,804,000 1.38 3.21 3.56 3.56 4%
1913 S 6,101,000 4.18 6.70 15.78 2%
1914  75,238,432 0.83 1.00 1.81 2.13 3.01 10%
1914  1,365 0.17% Matte Proof
1914 D 1,193,000 21.24 133.87 222.58 1.2% Rare; modified/unauthentic mintmarks exist
1914 S 4,137,000 14.17 13.55 40.86 1.8%
1915  29,092,120 1.07 1.91 3.46 2.95 6%
1915  1,050 0.14% Matte Proof
1915 D 22,050,000 1.58 3.33 2.12 6.39 5.26 5%
1915 S 4,833,000 11.77 25.70 33.64 2%
1916  131,833,677 0.31 0.52 0.59 0.99 2.13 13%
1916  600 0.16% Matte Proof
1916 D 35,956,000 0.61 1.06 3.13 5.26 6%
1916 S 22,510,000 1.44 1.05 1.11 2.40 5%
1917  196,429,785 0.18 0.40 0.54 0.59 1.12 15%
1917  0.2% Double Die Obverse, mintage included with 1917
1917 D 55,120,000 0.66 1.04 1.25 1.77 19.17 7%
1917 S 32,620,000 1.02 1.04 1.44 1.77 5%
1918  288,104,634 0.21 0.44 0.35 1.18 3.54 17%
1918 D 47,830,000 1.05 1.38 1.70 1.65 18.75 6%
1918 S 34,680,000 0.91 0.74 0.94 2.00 6%
1919  392,021,000 0.20 0.21 0.35 1.02 3.04 19%
1919 D 57,154,000 0.61 0.79 1.57 2.20 7%
1919 S 139,760,000 0.27 0.37 1.02 1.33 1.41 11%
1920  310,165,000 0.21 0.21 0.44 0.56 1.38 18%
1920 D 49,280,000 0.61 1.09 2.71 2.36 7.94 6%
1920 S 46,220,000 0.32 0.27 1.30 2.10 7%
1921  39,157,000 0.50 0.39 1.04 1.98 1.05 7%
1921 S 15,274,000 1.58 1.41 3.38 2.10 4%
1922 (D) 0.5% With faint D mintmark (very rare), mintage included with 1922 D
1922 (D) 0.3% Without D mintmark; multiple varieties exist (ultra rare), mintage included with 1922 D
1922 D 7,160,000 11.48 11.52 4.32 26.28 2%
1923  74,723,000 0.67 1.05 0.69 1.06 10%
1923 S 8,700,000 2.08 5.36 7.48 5.08 3%
1924  75,178,000 0.26 0.37 0.54 0.59 10%
1924 D 2,520,000 36.82 1.6%
1924 S 11,696,000 1.59 1.59 2.11 4%
1925  139,949,000 0.19 0.41 0.44 0.66 1.38 13%
1925 D 22,580,000 0.53 1.09 1.05 2.13 5%
1925 S 26,380,000 0.48 0.91 1.05 2.36 5%
1926  157,088,000 0.21 0.26 0.38 0.56 0.63 2.26 14%
1926 D 28,020,000 1.07 1.64 4.97 1.18 5%
1926 S 4,550,000 8.20 15.86 3%
1927  144,440,000 0.21 0.34 0.34 0.53 0.48 13%
1927 D 27,170,000 1.07 1.56 2.88 1.76 5%
1927 S 14,276,000 1.85 1.55 1.77 1.87 4%
1928  134,116,000 0.26 0.22 0.34 0.63 13%
1928 D 31,170,000 1.07 1.28 0.99 4.18 6%
1928 S 0.8% Larger mintmark
1928 S 17,266,000 0.59 4.17 1.10 4.17 4% Smaller mintmark
1929  185,262,000 0.24 0.20 0.32 0.67 2.93 15%
1929 D 41,730,000 1.04 0.26 0.80 2.00 7%
1929 S 50,148,000 0.80 0.41 0.52 2.36 7%
1930  157,415,000 0.15 0.21 0.35 0.63 14%
1930 D 40,100,000 1.04 0.24 0.63 0.96 1.65 7%
1930 S 24,286,000 1.04 0.32 0.60 1.04 6%
1931  19,396,000 0.54 0.94 2.01 5%
1931 D 4,480,000 5.22 5.97 3%
1931 S 866,000 64.68 76.85 1.2%
1932  9,062,000 1.78 2.63 4%
1932 D 10,500,000 1.55 3.11 4%
1933  14,360,000 1.32 1.77 5%
1933 D 6,200,000 7.36 17.86 3%
1934  219,080,000 0.17 0.19 0.24 0.32 1.41 23.62 17%
1934 D 28,446,000 0.27 0.40 1.18 6%
1935  245,388,000 0.17 0.15 0.21 0.27 0.61 5.37 17%
1935 D 47,000,000 0.17 0.21 0.34 5.07 7%
1935 S 38,702,000 0.15 0.27 0.53 6%
1936  309,632,000 0.15 0.19 0.26 0.46 1.04 2.17 19%
1936  0.3% Brilliant Proof
1936  0.5% Double Die Obverse (multiple varieties), mintage included with 1936
1936  5,569 0.19% Proof with Satin Finish
1936 D 40,620,000 0.15 0.53 7%
1936 S 29,130,000 0.27 0.27 0.57 6%
1937  309,170,000 0.18 0.26 0.26 0.52 1.02 5.37 19%
1937  9,320 63.30 0.4% Proof
1937 D 50,430,000 0.15 0.26 0.34 0.56 8%
1937 S 34,500,000 0.15 0.21 0.30 0.56 7%
1938  156,682,000 0.04 0.20 0.30 0.43 1.06 15%
1938  14,734 0.4% Proof
1938 D 20,010,000 1.05 0.41 0.91 16.80 5%
1938 S 15,180,000 0.35 0.74 5%
1939  316,466,000 0.05 0.12 0.21 0.41 0.51 0.95 5.37 19%
1939  13,520 0.5% Proof
1939 D 15,160,000 0.61 0.53 0.87 6.29 5%
1939 S 52,070,000 0.06 0.20 0.30 0.78 8.36 8%
1940  586,810,000 0.06 0.13 0.24 0.43 0.60 1.11 3.47 25%
1940  15,872 0.6% Proof
1940 D 81,390,000 0.18 0.54 0.57 0.59 9%
1940 S 112,940,000 0.06 0.25 0.54 0.45 11%
1941  887,018,000 0.15 0.13 0.21 0.32 0.52 1.68 4.06 30%
1941  4.31 0.6% Double Die Obverse (mutiple varieties)
1941  21,100 9.33 0.4% Proof
1941 D 128,700,000 0.02 0.15 0.28 0.38 0.96 12%
1941 S 92,360,000 0.12 0.26 0.57 0.96 1.95 10%
1942  657,796,000 0.13 0.13 0.21 0.35 0.50 1.28 3.09 27%
1942  32,600 0.5% Proof
1942 D 206,698,000 0.04 0.06 0.20 0.30 0.52 1.06 1.85 14%
1942 S 85,590,000 0.17 0.12 0.48 0.85 0.59 10%
1943  20 0.3% Struck with copper instead of steel; around 20 examples estimated
1943 D 1 0.17% Struck with copper instead of steel; 1 example known
1943 S 20 0.10% Struck with copper instead of steel; around 20 examples estimated
1944  1,435,400,000 0.06 0.06 0.12 0.25 0.32 1.98 36% Tin alloy composition change
1944 D 430,578,000 0.05 0.11 0.15 0.30 0.59 0.06 1.95 19% Tin alloy composition change
1944 D 0.8% Tin alloy composition change; repunched mintmark (D over S; two varieties)
1944 S 282,760,000 0.11 0.11 0.11 0.50 2.04 1.00 1.95 16% Tin alloy composition change
1945  1,040,515,000 0.12 0.12 0.11 0.27 0.27 0.37 2.08 30% Tin alloy composition change
1945 D 266,268,000 0.11 0.11 0.11 0.28 0.59 0.55 4.24 15% Tin alloy composition change
1945 S 181,770,000 0.01 0.11 0.12 0.26 1.82 5.02 13% Tin alloy composition change
1946  991,655,000 0.12 0.11 0.12 0.18 0.30 0.37 1.28 30% Tin alloy composition change
1946 D 315,690,000 0.04 0.05 0.11 0.24 0.28 0.53 6.84 17% Tin alloy composition change
1946 S 198,100,000 0.04 0.13 0.11 0.30 0.39 3.74 13% Tin alloy composition change (inverted mintmark variety exists)
1946 S 0.4% Tin alloy composition change; repunched mintmark (S over D)
1947  190,555,000 0.04 0.08 0.17 0.24 0.26 2.57 17%
1947 D 194,750,000 0.01 0.11 0.21 0.27 0.47 3.08 14%
1947 S 99,000,000 1.05 0.11 0.21 0.27 0.53 2.09 10%
1948  317,570,000 0.04 0.07 0.07 0.22 0.20 3.08 19%
1948 D 172,637,500 0.04 0.11 0.11 0.27 0.47 3.12 13%
1948 S 81,735,000 0.09 0.11 0.15 0.22 0.32 10.04 10%
1949  217,775,000 0.04 0.11 0.15 0.24 0.26 3.08 17%
1949 D 153,132,500 0.11 0.05 0.12 0.20 1.00 12%
1949 S 64,290,000 0.11 0.13 0.26 0.59 5.39 9%
1950  272,635,000 0.17 0.06 0.24 0.24 0.27 0.84 18%
1950  51,386 0.6% Proof
1950 D 334,950,000 0.11 0.07 0.21 0.21 0.30 1.95 17%
1950 S 118,505,000 0.11 0.12 0.27 0.37 5.39 12%
1951  284,576,000 0.11 0.12 0.24 0.26 1.51 19%
1951  57,500 0.4% Proof
1951 D 625,355,000 0.04 0.11 0.13 0.18 0.18 1.05 22%
1951 S 136,010,000 0.15 0.06 0.12 0.27 0.59 3.19 11%
1952  186,775,000 0.04 0.08 0.27 0.12 0.39 5.39 16%
1952  81,980 0.5% Proof
1952 D 746,130,000 0.06 0.08 0.14 0.21 0.26 0.59 3.71 25%
1952 S 137,800,004 0.01 0.08 0.07 0.21 0.59 5.39 11%
1953  256,755,000 0.04 0.11 0.14 0.12 0.26 1.63 19%
1953  128,800 0.5% Proof
1953 D 700,515,000 0.05 0.05 0.12 0.24 0.17 2.07 3.43 24%
1953 S 181,835,000 0.15 0.11 0.08 0.21 0.71 2.07 13%
1954  71,640,050 0.11 0.15 0.26 0.26 5.39 10%
1954  233,300 0.4% Proof
1954 D 251,552,500 0.15 0.11 0.11 0.13 0.26 0.35 1.95 16%
1954 S 96,190,000 0.05 0.11 0.07 0.11 0.76 3.17 10%
1955  330,958,200 0.04 0.09 0.12 0.20 0.54 0.27 1.95 20%
1955  0.9% Double Die, included with 1955 mintage
1955  378,200 19.09 0.5% Proof
1955 D 563,257,500 0.06 0.08 0.11 0.12 0.15 0.33 1.11 21%
1955 S 44,610,000 0.08 0.53 1.86 8%
1956  420,745,000 0.02 0.06 0.08 0.20 0.22 1.05 1.06 23%
1956  669,384 2.95 1.1% Proof
1956 D 1,098,201,100 0.08 0.06 0.12 0.12 0.24 0.47 1.06 28%
1956 D 0.7% Repunched mintmark (D over D)
1957  282,540,000 0.01 0.11 0.11 0.18 0.22 1.05 1.09 20%
1957  1,247,952 5.39 1.2% Proof
1957 D 1,051,342,000 0.01 0.06 0.12 0.12 0.26 0.15 2.14 29%
1958  252,525,000 0.04 0.11 0.20 0.18 0.24 1.05 1.00 18%
1958  2 0.18% Double Die with initials, only 2 known
1958  875,652 4.90 1.1% Proof
1958 D 800,953,300 0.59 0.11 0.20 0.24 0.18 0.82 1.02 26%

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