Small Cents

The United States Small Cent coin refers to the modern-day one-cent coin commonly known as the penny. It has been in circulation since 1856. The Small Cent replaced the larger-sized United States Large Cent, which was discontinued in 1857 due to its impractical size and weight.

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Mint Mark

Mint Mark

Coin Grade

Coin Grade
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Numerical Grade
Adjectival Description
About Good: Design details are flat and appear in outline. Portions of the rim are lost to wear.
4, 6
Good: Design details are flat and visible in outline. Some portions of the design may be faint.
8, 10
Very Good: Heavy wear flattens design elements, although major features are clearly outlined.
12, 15
Fine: Moderate wear on many elements with heavy wear on high points. Major design elements remain visible.
20, 25, 30, 35
Very Fine: Major details of the coin are clear although wear is evident; the high points show moderate wear.
40, 45
Extremely Fine: Design features are well defined, although light wear is evident throughout.
50, 53, 55, 58
About Uncirculated: Traces of light wear are evident on the high points of the coin's design.
Mint State: A coin that shows no wear or evidence of circulation.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Small Cents?
Small Cents are a type of U.S. coin with a face value of one cent. They are smaller than the earlier large cents and have been minted in several designs including the Flying Eagle Cent, the Indian Head Cent, the Lincoln Wheat Cent, the Lincoln Memorial Cent, the Lincoln Bicentennial series, and the current Lincoln Shield Cent.
What is the composition of the Small Cent coins?
The composition of Small Cent coins has changed several times over the years. The Flying Eagle Cent and Indian Head Cent were made of 88% copper and 12% nickel. The Lincoln Cent was originally minted in 95% copper and 5% tin and zinc from 1909 until 1942, and again from 1947 to 1962. During the years 1943, due to the demand for copper during World War II, the cent was made from zinc-coated steel. In 1962, the mint removed the tin, making the cent 95% copper and 5% zinc until 1982. Since 1982, the penny has
How much are Small Cent coins worth?
The value of Small Cent coins depends on their type, year, mint mark, condition, and rarity. For example, while most Lincoln Cents are worth only face value, certain key dates, such as the 1909-S VDB and the 1943 copper cent, can be worth significant amounts. Similarly, Flying Eagle Cents and Indian Head Cents can be worth more than face value due to their age and collector interest. For a precise valuation, a professional coin grading service should be consulted.
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