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About Wheat Penny

You smile with surprise as a Lincoln wheat penny shines up at you from the handful of coins the clerk just gave you. The iconic penny is a small piece of American history that is quite popular with coin collectors. It features the famous image of Lincoln on one side and two stalks of wheat on the other side. Designed by sculptor Victor David Brenner to celebrate Lincoln's 100th birthday, the coin replaced the Indian head cent in 1909. Most wheat pennies contain 95 percent copper with either tin or zinc, but 1943 wheat pennies are steel coated with zinc. The U.S. government produced these silver colored steel pennies to save money during World War II. 1944 wheat pennies returned to a 95 percent copper composition with zinc. In 1958, the U.S. Mint replaced the image of the stalks of wheat with the Lincoln Memorial. You can still occasionally find a wheat penny in loose change, but most are in the hands of collectors. Fortunately, you can take advantage of the vast inventory on eBay to find a selection of wheat pennies to build your collection.