February 20, 2004

History...And A Penny

I've been looking over the votes for the whole penny contest. Sure, a lot of years have been chosen but don't fret...there are still many left! And in the event of a tie, there will indeed be a tie-breaker. If you've already cast your vote, perhaps a little history is in order.

Penny: The Early Years
The first one-cent coin was struck in 1787 by a private mint. This coin, known as the Fugio cent was 100% copper. The Indian cent was first introduced in 1859 and depicted an Indian princess on the obverse.

Penny: Hey Abe, Check This Out
Between 1909 and 1943, Honest Abe's likeness was displayed on the front of the penny. What else was new? The elements - LIBERTY and the date - the motto IN GOD WE TRUST appeared for the first time on a coin of this denomination. The obverse contained wheatheads, the denomination and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, while curving around the upper border is the national motto, E PLURIBUS UNUM, which means "One out of Many."

Penny: The Penny Goes To War
Production of this wartime cent was approved December 12, 1942. Low grade carbon steel formed the base, to which a zinc coating .005 inches thick was deposited on each side electrolytically as a rust preventative. Later, the penny was manufactured from spent shell casings.

Penny: The Coin We Love Today
In 1959, a design competition was held for a design commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. Despite changes in materials from which the penny is made, this is essentially the penny we know and love today.

Now, there are still some years left open. Vote!

Posted by Chris at February 20, 2004 03:08 PM

i'm going to vote for 1976 as being the year of the penny.

Posted by: Judy at February 20, 2004 08:42 PM