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Fun Facts of the Cent

  •  The U.S. one-cent coin is 19 millimeters in diameter and weighs 2.5 grams
  • The composition of the penny is 97.5% zinc and 2.5 % copper
  • There have been 11 different designs featured on the penny
  • The U.S. Mint produced over 6.8 billion pennies in 2004
  • The most pennies produced annually was in 1982 when over 16 billion pennies were produced
  • Since its beginning, the U.S. Mint has produced over 470 billion pennies (Lincoln Cents, Indian Head Cents, Large Cents)
  • The average penny lasts 25 years
  • The Lincoln penny was the first U.S. coin to feature a historic figure
  • President Abraham Lincoln has been on the penny since 1909, the 100th anniversary of his birth, and is the longest running design, ever
  • The Lincoln penny was the first cent on which appeared the words "In God We Trust."
  • Over two-thirds of all coins produced by the U.S. Mint are pennies
  • Currently, the penny is the only coin where the portrait of the person on the coin is looking to the right. The nickel, dime quarter and half dollar, the individuals are looking left. (This changed with the 2005 nickel and now the nickel as the first ever forward facing design)

 Keith Scott has been a collector for over 30 years. His website has US coins for sale. He also writes Coin Collecting Articles for fun. Visit his websites for a history of US coins, metal market updates and news about your favorite coins.  

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