In fact, there are few coins as popular — or as important throughout history — as the U.S. penny.
Let’s take a look at 10 amazing facts about pennies that you can astonish your friends and family with!
#10 The first Lincoln penny was made in 1909.
#9 The U.S. Mint strikes a whopping 30 million pennies on an average day.
#8 Victor D. Brenner designed the Lincoln cent in 1909.
#7 Frank Gasparro designed the Lincoln Memorial reverse seen on the Lincoln cent since 1959.
#6 The Indian Head penny was made from 1859 to 1909.
#5 The United States penny used to be a coin nearly the size of a modern-day half dollar.
#4 The current U.S. penny weighs 2.5 grams.
#3 In 1943, the U.S. Mint made zinc-coated steel pennies to conserve copper for the war effort.
#2 Pennies are presently made from a metal combination of 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper.
#1 The U.S. Mint has been making pennies since 1793.
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