Lincoln faces to the right on the penny because the original artist based the drawing on a photograph of Abraham Lincoln taken in 1864 in which he was facing right. The artist was Victor David Brenner.Continue Reading
The artist was chosen by Theodore Roosevelt, who likely picked him because of a sculpture he had already made of Lincoln. That sculpture was based on the same photograph in which Lincoln faced right, and Brenner used that sculpture as the basis for creating the art for the penny.
Roosevelt commissioned the coin to celebrate what would have been Lincoln's 100th birthday in 1908. The nickel is the only other U.S. coin that has had a president facing right though it has only been minted that way in select years, including 2003 and 2005.Learn more about Coins & Currency
As of 2014, the value of a 1933 Lincoln wheat penny ranges from 95 cents to $20.75, depending on the coin's condition and mint mark, according to CoinStudy.com. Coin collectors grade the condition of a coin on a scale of good, fine, extremely fine and uncirculated.Full Answer >
The VDB penny was produced in 1909 and is named for Victor David Brenner, the designer of the Lincoln cent. The pennies can be identified by the date and by the initials V.D.B. on the back of the coin, explains The Fun Times Guide.Full Answer >
A 1945 copper penny carries the design of the Lincoln wheat penny and is made out of 95 percent copper. The U.S. Mint produced Lincoln wheat pennies from 1909 to 1958.Full Answer >
Based on its 2014 price guide, CoinTrackers values a 1936 Lincoln wheat penny at between 35 cents and $15, based on the condition of the coin. Coins in uncirculated condition with sharp edges and no discoloration are worth the most, while well-worn pennies are worth little.Full Answer >