Different Comprehensive U.S. Cent Coin Designs

By: Mobin

The Flying Eagle cent from 1856-1858 was the first small cent coin. The 1856 coins are very rare. 

Flying Eagl

Indian Head cents ran from 1859-1909. The design featured Lady Liberty wearing a Native American headdress.

Indian Head  

Lincoln Wheat cents with the wheat stalk reverse spanned 1909-1958. They marked Lincoln's 100th birthday.

Lincoln Wheat

The Lincoln Memorial reverse design debuted in 1959 for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth.

Lincoln Memorial 

The Lincoln Shield reverse was introduced in 2010 for the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth in 1809.

Lincoln Shield 

Cents started as copper-nickel then switched to bronze in 1864. Today's cents are 97.5% zinc with a copper plating.


Cents are extremely popular with collectors. Many collect by date and mintmark or look for valuable errors.


1905 Indian Head Penny Price Guide