Lincoln Cent (Wheat Reverse)

1915-S Lincoln Wheat Cent

Lincoln Cent (Wheat Reverse)
Mint Mark:
S (San Francisco)
Coin Grade:

Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked questions and answers.
What is the significance of the 1909 Lincoln Cent (Wheat Reverse)?
The 1909 Lincoln Cent (Wheat Reverse) holds historical significance as it marked the first year of the series and the introduction of the Lincoln design. It was minted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The initial release featured the designer's initials "VDB" on the reverse, but they were quickly removed due to public controversy. Both the versions with and without the initials are highly sought after by collectors.
How common are the Lincoln Cents with the Wheat Reverse?
The Lincoln Cents with the Wheat Reverse are relatively common and were minted for nearly five decades, from 1909 to 1958. During this time, millions of these coins were produced across various mint locations, including Philadelphia (no mint mark), Denver (D mint mark), and San Francisco (S mint mark). While some dates and mintmark combinations may be scarcer than others, the majority of Wheat Reverse Lincoln Cents can be acquired without difficulty.
Are there any rare or valuable varieties within the Lincoln Cent (Wheat Reverse) series?
Yes, there are several rare and valuable varieties within the Lincoln Cent (Wheat Reverse) series. For example, the 1914-D Lincoln Cent is highly sought after, with relatively low mintage and significant collector demand. Another notable variety is the 1955 Doubled Die Obverse, which exhibits a distinctive doubling of the date and other elements. These varieties and errors can significantly increase the value of certain coins. It is advisable to consult reputable coin references or engage with experienced numismatists to identify and evaluate any potential rarities or valuable varieties within the series
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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