Lincoln Cents, 1909-present
The Lincoln Cent, originally coined to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, is the longest continuously running series of coins in the United States. Designed by noted sculptor Victor D. Brenner, the Lincoln Cent has the distinction of being the first regular issue U.S. coin to utilize the portrait of a president. It has the further distinction of being one of only a few coin series to have been struck in different metals. It is also one of only two series of coins, along with the Buffalo Nickel, for which both matte and brilliant proofs have been produced.
1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Type
1909-1958 Lincoln, Wreath Reverse Type
1943 Lincoln, Steel Type
1944-1946 Lincoln, Shell Case Alloy Type
1959-present Lincoln Memorial Reverse, Bronze Type
Since many collectors today begin by assembling sets of later-date Lincoln Cents, this series has remained very popular through the years. While most dates from 1959 to the present can be found in circulating change, demand for the earlier issues has not lagged behind. Among these earlier issues are two of the most well known U.S. coins: the 1909-S with designers initials VDB on the reverse and the 1955 double die obverse.