Flying Eagle (1856-1858)

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These were the first small cents made. They were made of an alloy of 88% copper and 12% nickel. In today's market they can be worth anywhere from $6.33 to $6000.

Indian Head (1859-1909)

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These coins had a bust of Liberty wearing an Indian Headress. But a lot of people commonly mistaken her for an Indian. These coins weigh 4.67 grams. The composition is the same as the last design.

Lincoln, Wheat Reverse (1909-1942)

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To celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 100th birthday, the United States Mint picked a design by Victor D. Brenner to go on the penny. On the back, it shows two wheat ears surrounding the words ONE CENT. 

Lincoln, Zinc Coated Steel (1943)

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These cents were made because there was a shortage of copper during WWII. These were kept as a curiosity. There are alot of them in mint state today. Some cents were made in error on copper planchets that were left in the blank machine. The next year a similar error was made when 1944 cents were made on steel planchets instead of copper ones.

Lincoln, Copper Variety Resumed (1944-1958)

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The copper variety was resumed in 1944. The standards were the same as the old Lincoln cents.

Lincoln, Memorial Reverse (1959-2009)

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The back of the Lincoln cent was changed. To celebrate his 150th birthday, the reverse was changed to the Lincoln Memorial. The standards are the same except in 1982 the composition was changed to 95% zinc, 5% copper.

Lincoln, Bicentennial Reverse (2009)

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In 2009, four designs were chosen to put on the penny. They celebrate the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. These coins were also available in a set where it included 4 Lincoln cents and 1 Lincoln commerotive coin available in proof or uncirculated.

Lincoln, Shield Reverse

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In 2010, the reverse was changed to a shield reverse. The shield design was designed by Lyndall Bass. The standards are the same as the previous design.