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1909 First Lincoln Cent  Americas Penny

1909 First Lincoln Cent  Americas Penny
The first Lincoln Penny was struck by the U.S. Mint in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincolns birth. It was the first circulating coin to feature a real person instead of the allegorical Lady Liberty. The coin offered here is the scarce VDB type that was issued for only a few days before the design was changed. It is the scarcest design type in the nearly 100-year history of the Lincoln Penny.

The obverse of the Lincoln Penny features a remarkable portrait of Lincoln by sculptor Victor D. Brenner. President Theodore Roosevelt personally commissioned Brenner to create the portrait for the coin. The reverse features the classic wheat ears design that disappeared from the Lincoln Penny in 1958.
Lincoln cents were minted from 1909 through the present time, and it was the first cent to have the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST". The Lincoln cent was introduced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln's birthday, and the early pennies 1909 through 1958 were referred to a wheat pennies.
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