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Lincoln Wheat Cent, Bronze Composite Penny (1909-1958)

Lincoln Wheat Cent, Bronze Composite Penny (1909-1958)
 
 
 

Coin number: MC116

Description: Bronze Composite Penny (1909-1958), Designer - Engraver: Victor D Brenner, Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc, Diameter: 19 mm, Mass: 3.11 grams

The Lincoln cents were introduced in 1909. In 1943 zinc-coated steel was used for planchets as copper was needed for the war effort. These coins were produced aplenty and cents of the type are abundant today but some varieties are scarce. Striking varies: cents of 1909 through 1914 are well struck and so are issues of the 1930s onward. From 1915 through the end of the 1920s, striking can be weak. Details to check include Lincoln’s hair and beard, the lettering and the inner edge of the rim on the obverse as well as the wheat stalks, letters and inner rim on the reverse. The O of ONE is the tell-tale letter for a weakly struck coin.


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