The Lincoln Penny was first minted in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. It was the first circulating coin to feature a real person instead of Lady Liberty. The reverse of the coin until 1958 was the legendary 'wheat ears' design.
This collection features five classic Lincoln 'wheat ears' Pennies. There is one coin from each of the three U.S. Mints that struck this coin: Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco.
Coins from San Francisco have the 'S' mint mark under the date; coins from Denver have the 'D' mint mark; and coins from Philadelphia have no mint mark.
In addition, there is one example of each of the World War II 'emergency' coins. In 1943 the Lincoln Penny was struck in steel instead of copper. Copper was of vital importance to America’s war effort in World War II. Bullets and shells were made of copper and used in battlefields around the world. This is the first and only steel coin in U.S. history, and it was made only in 1943.
In 1944-1946 the coins were made with copper from recycled shell cases that were gathered up from World War II battleships and battlefields and shipped back to the U.S. Mint. 'Wheat ears' Lincoln Pennies disappeared from circulation long ago.
The 'wheat ears' design was replaced with the Lincoln Memorial on the reverse in 1959. The Lincoln Penny is the longest-running coin in U.S. history.
The collection comes in a custom display with a Certificate of Authenticity.