Welcome to Lincoln Wheat
The User Friendly Coin Shop
Welcome to the web site where you can view Lincoln Wheat Cent photos and facts and purchase them. Navigate your way to our Inventory page, scroll down to the date you need, and click on the price to view a large photo as well as facts about the coin such as the quantity minted and the metal composition, etc.
If you need a single date to fill your collection then this is the site for you. Shipping and packaging for any size order is only $3.00. All the Lincoln Cents in our Inventory are for sale. If you purchase a Lincoln Cent from us and you are not satisfied with it, return it for a full Refund.
Our Inventory constantly fluctuates, but it is always current. So, if you don't see what you need today, come back in a few weeks and look again.
Today we feature several Lincoln Wheat Cents in the right and left margins of most of the pages on the web site. You can review our Grading standards if you want to learn more about coin grading. Our featured coins as well as the rest of the Lincoln Wheat Cents in our Inventory are for sale.
Sell your coins to Lincoln Wheat
Lincoln Wheat has an opportunity for you to sell your coins to us. We rely on you to replenish our inventory. Our purpose is to purchase coins from you and add them to our inventory. The requiements and procedures are outlined on our Sell a Coin page. If you have the coins we need and can follow the proper process, then take the initiative and send us an email with pictures of the coins we want to buy from you. Avoid the hassle of listing your coins at an auction site. Avoid the fees of an online auction site and contact us directly. If you have what we need, we will deposit funds into your PayPal account within 48 hours. Turn your coins into cash now.
Lincoln Wheat Cent Fun Facts
The Lincoln Wheat Cent is a United States one-cent coin produced from 1909 to 1958.
Both the obverse and the reverse were designed by Victor David Brenner whose initials, V.D.B., were included on the reverse of the coin below the wheat stalks on a limited number of the coins until public controversy forced their removal. If you possess a 1909 VDB or 1909-S VDB Lincoln Wheat Cent, you will find the V.D.B. on the reverse side at the bottom of the coin. Brenner's initials were restored to the obverse, below Lincoln's shoulder, in 1918.
The undisputed King of the Lincoln Wheat Cent series is the 1909 San Francisco, California-minted VDB cent (1909S VDB). Only 484,000 were produced before public outcry over Brener's initials being so prominently displayed pressured the Mint to remove them for the remainder of the 1909 production year. Even poor-quality examples of the 1909-S VDB coin bring hundreds of dollars and a high-grade mint condition example can sell for $10,000 or more. By contrast, the Philadelphia mint produced 27,995,000 examples of the 1909 VDB cent and such coins are far less valuable. The other key date of the series is the 1914-D, with a mintage of just 1,193,000.
History of Lincoln Wheat Cents
Abraham Lincoln was chosen as the first president to grace the front side of a U.S. coin. In 1909, one hundred years after he was born, Lincoln's image was used on the obverse of the one cent piece. In 2009, two hundred years after he was born, Lincoln continues to grace the front of our cents, making it the longest used design for any circulating U.S. coin. The Lincoln Cent just might be the most popular and well recognized of all US coins. The first fifty years of the series, from 1909 to 1958, featured a pair a wheat stalks on the back of the coin. Known as Wheat Cents or Wheaties, this is the coin that many collectors cut their teeth on.
During its long history, Lincoln Cents were minted at the Denver, Philadelphia, and San Francisco mints. The mint mark is located below the date on the front of the coin. The "S" mint marks are the most coveted of the Wheat Cents, including the 1909-S VDB, the king of the series. "D" mint marks are the next most rare. Only 1,193,000 1914-D cents were minted. The cents minted in Philadelphia have no mint mark and are referred to as "Plain". The most rare "Plain" Lincoln Wheat Cent is the 1932 when only 9,062,000 were minted.
The Lincoln Wheat Cent was the first U.S. coin to feature the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.
Creating Images of Lincoln Wheat Cents
When building this web site I realized I would need to create digital images of the inventory so I could showcase them on the internet. This prompted the question "How do I create really nice looking images of the coins without professional equipment?"
At first I took INDOOR photos of each coin in the inventory with a SAMSUNG S860 which is a really basic 8.1 Megapixel camera. I used a desk lamp, but the images simply came out too dark. I used a 60 watt incandescent light bulb positioned directly over the coin and about 12 inches above it. I turned on the macro setting and took pictures from about four or five inches away. No flash was used to create the images. I really struggled getting enough light, yet keeping the glare under control. Another problem is the final images really show every little blemish. Outdoor light seems to create a more natural looking image, but outdoor photography is only an option when the weather is cooperating.
Many of the images taken with indoor lighting of the lower grade (G, VG) coins appear grainy. It is difficult to capture a coin's appeal without expensive equipment and perfect studio equipment. Most of the coins look much better in real life than in these images.
Over time I have been able to capture images of the coins with outdoor lighting with the same SAMSUNG S860 8.1 Megapixel camera. I found that too much sunlight makes the images too bright, and that a cloudy day with no rain and the sun in the high position is the optimum conditions for taking picture. I have been able to replace all the indoor images with higher quality outdoor images. I use the macro setting and take pictures from about four or five inches away. No flash was used to create the images. Outdoor light creates a more natural looking image, but is only an option when the weather is cooperating and the sun is still up.
I cropped the images to the edge of the coin. Average file size is about 100 KB; enough to capture the details of the coin without using too much computer memory.
Why are they called "pennies"?
In 1857, Congress told the Mint to make the cent smaller and to mix the copper with nickel (12 percent). People found the smaller cent easier to use than the previously minted large cents. The new cents showed a flying eagle on the front and a wreath on the back.
At the same time, Congress stopped people from using money from other countries, although we had used foreign coins for many years. The Mint could melt foreign coins and make them into United States coins.
One foreign currency we were using at the time was British money. The British pound was not divided into 100 cents like our dollar, but its smallest part was called a penny, and that's why we call our cent a "penny" today. But for more than one, the British called them "pence" while ours are called "pennies."
The word penny or pennies is used widely in American slang including the following cliches:
A penny for your thoughts (tell me what you're thinking)
Not one red cent (not giving up a single penny)
Penniless, not a penny to his name (poor)
Penny wise and pound foolish (being thrifty in small things but wasteful in important things)
Put your two cents in (give your opinion)
Pennies from heaven (small blessings)
Penny ante (small-time)
Penny whistle (toy flute)
Penny arcade (part of an amusement park with coin-operated machines)