Lincoln Memorial Cent

Struck for fifty years, the Lincoln Memorial Cent was produced by the US Mint from 1959-2008. The coins debuted to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, who is honored on the coin.

Mintage: 427.5 Billion
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The Lincoln portrait for the obverse of the cent was designed by Victor David Brenner. It was originally used on the Lincoln Wheat Ears Cent which was produced prior to the Memorial Cent from 1909-1958. The reverse shows an image of the Lincoln Memorial found in Washington, D.C.

In their fifty-year run, over 427.5 billion of the Lincoln Memorial Cents were struck by the US Mint

History of Lincoln Cent Designs

The Lincoln Cent premiered in 1909 to honor the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Since then, there have been several new designs used:

  • 1909-1958 Lincoln Wheat Ears Cent
  • 1959-2008 Lincoln Memorial Cent
  • 2009 – Lincoln Birthplace Cent
  • 2009 – Lincoln Formative Years Cent
  • 2009 – Lincoln Professional Life Cent
  • 2009 – Lincoln Presidency Cent
  • 2010-? – Lincoln Union Shield Cent

Aside from reverse design changes, the Lincoln Cent has also featured several alloy modifications over the course of its history.

Issue Information

The Lincoln Memorial Cent was first struck in 1959 from 95% copper. In 1982, the Mint changed the alloy used for the cent coins to 97.5% zinc with the remainder copper.

Release Date

The US Mint issued the Lincoln Memorial Cent from 1959-2008.

Issue Price

As a circulating coin, the Lincoln Memorial Cent was distributed through normal commerce channels for its face value of $.01.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

During its fifty-year run, the Lincoln Memorial Cent was struck at three different US Mint facilities including Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco.

Designer & Sculptor / Engraver

The obverse (heads side) of the Lincoln Memorial Cent shows a portrait of Abraham Lincoln as completed by Victor David Brenner. It was first used on the Lincoln Wheat Ears Cent from 1909-1959.

The reverse (tails side) features an image of the Lincoln Memorial which is found in Washington, D.C. The design was the work of Frank Gasparro.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $0.01
Finish: Circulation (Business Strike)
Composition:
  • 1959-1962 – 95% copper, 5% tin and zinc
  • 1962-1982 – 95% copper, 5% zinc
  • 1982-2008 – 97.5% zinc, 2.5% copper
Standard Weight:
  • 1959-1982 – 3.11 grams
  • 1982-2008 – 2.5 grams
Standard Diameter: 0.750 in. or 19 mm
Edge: Plain

Memorial Cent Mintage

1959
609,715,000
1975
5,451,476,142
1992
4,648,905,000
1959-D
1,279,760,000
1975-D
4,505,275,300
1992-D
4,448,673,300
1960
586,405,000
1976
4,674,292,426
1993
5,684,705,000
1960-D
1,580,884,000
1976-D
4,221,592,455
1993-D
6,426,650,571
1961
753,345,000
1977
4,469,930,000
1994
6,500,850,000
1961-D
1,753,266,700
1977-D
4,194,062,300
1994-D
7,131,765,000
1962
606,045,000
1978
5,558,605,000
1995
6,411,400,000
1962-D
1,793,148,140
1978-D
4,280,233,400
1995-D
7,128,560,000
1963
754,110,000
1979
6,018,515,000
1996
6,612,465,000
1963-D
1,774,020,400
1979-D
4,139,357,254
1996-D
6,510,795,000
1964
2,648,575,000
1980
7,414,705,000
1997
4,622,800,000
1964-D
3,799,071,500
1980-D
5,140,098,660
1997-D
4,576,555,000
1965
1,497,224,900
1981
7,491,750,000
1998
5,032,155,000
1966
2,188,147,783
1981-D
5,373,235,677
1998-D
5,225,353,500
1967
3,048,667,100
1982
10,712,525,000
1999
5,237,600,000
1968
1,707,880,970
1982-D
6,012,979,368
1999-D
6,360,065,000
1968-D
2,886,269,600
1983
7,752,355,000
2000
5,503,200,000
1968-S
258,270,001
1983-D
6,467,199,428
2000-D
8,774,220,000
1969
1,136,910,000
1984
8,151,079,000
2001
4,959,600,000
1969-D
4,002,832,200
1984-D
5,569,238,906
2001-D
5,374,990,000
1969-S
547,309,631
1985
5,648,489,887
2002
3,260,800,000
1970
1,898,315,000
1985-D
5,287,399,926
2002-D
4,028,055,000
1970-D
2,891,438,900
1986
4,491,395,493
2003
3,300,000,000
1970-S
693,192,814
1986-D
4,442,866,698
2003-D
3,548,000,000
1971
1,919,490,000
1987
4,682,466,931
2004
3,379,600,000
1971-D
2,911,045,600
1987-D
4,879,389,514
2004-D
3,456,400,000
1971-S
525,133,459
1988
6,092,810,000
2005
3,935,600,000
1972
2,933,255,000
1988-D
5,253,740,443
2005-D
3,764,450,000
1972-D
2,665,071,400
1989
7,261,535,000
2006
4,290,000,000
1972-S
376,939,108
1989-D
5,345,467,111
2006-D
3,944,000,000
1973
3,728,245,000
1990
6,851,765,000
2007
3,763,400,000
1973-D
3,549,576,588
1990-D
4,922,894,533
2007-D
3,638,800,000
1973-S
317,177,295
1991
5,165,940,000
2008
2,596,000,000
1974
4,232,140,523
1991-D
4,158,442,076
2008-D
2,849,600,000
1974-D
4,235,098,000
1974-S
409,426,660

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