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The Lincoln Cent or Lincoln Penny was struck by the United States Mint starting 1909. The obverse was designed by Victor David Brenner as was the original wheat reverse. The coins that were released bearing his initials VDB are the rarest of any of the Lincoln cents and fetch a high price among coin collectors. The initials were too prominent and were later restored in 1918. Brenner’s reverse was replaced in 1959 by a depiction of the Lincoln Memorial designed by Frank Gasparro, for the sesquicentennial year of his birth. The Lincoln Memorial reverse was replaced in 2009 by commemorative designs marking the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. In 2010, the shield reverse was first minted. The cent was changed for one year to a steel composition during 1943 due to shortages of copper during World War II.

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