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According to the website Pennies, the first penny created in the United States was in 1787 by Benjamin Franklin. It bore the image of a sun and sundial above the message "mind your own business." The most recent design o... More »

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The Lincoln Penny was first introduced to the public in 1909, and is one of the longest-standing coin types in history. It was designed by Victor David Brenner, who was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt to create... More »

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Pennies are brown because they are made with copper. Copper is a metal that reflects light in such a way so that it appears brown. More »

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The Lincoln Penny was first introduced to the public in 1909, and is one of the longest-standing coin types in history. It was designed by Victor David Brenner, who was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt to create... More »

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An 1877 Indian head penny is a one-cent coin minted in the United States, showing the head of an Indian on one side and "one cent" stamped on the reverse side. Depending on its condition, an Indian head penny can be very... More »

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The first official U.S. penny was minted in 1787 according to coinfacts.com, so this would make the oldest U.S. penny 227 years old as of 2014. According to the Professional Coin Grading service, these coins are still in... More »

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The 1943 copper-alloy cent is rare because, due to rationing for World War II, the vast majority of pennies struck that year were made of zinc-coated steel. The American Numismatic Association reports less than 50 of the... More »

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