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Over 34 pounds of Lincoln Wheat Cent are held in each 5000 piece bag! Date may range from 1930-1958 and P, D & S Mints may be included! Conditions can range from Circulated to Almost Uncirculated. Please note, Provident does not guarantee a mix of dates as many of these bags are sourced through our extensive dealer networks and may include a limited mixture.
Invest in copper, and a piece of American history, with more than 34 pounds of 1930 - 1958 Lincoln Wheat Cents. Coming to you in a 5000 piece bag, each penny is stamped with the mint mark P, D or S, and will arrive in circulated or almost uncirculated condition.
History of the Lincoln Wheat Cent
Minted from 1909 to 1958, both sides of the Lincoln Wheat Penny were designed by Victor David Brenner. One of the first American coins to depict the image of a historical person, the new penny was designed to celebrate the centennial of President Lincoln’s birth.
The obverse of each penny bears the iconic profile of Honest Abe, while the reverse features durum wheat surrounding the words "ONE CENT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA." Wheat cents were produced at the mint’s Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver facilities, and in less than 50 years, 25 billion Lincoln Wheat Cents were released for circulation.
In 1942 and 1943, the US Mint changed the penny’s metal composition so the government could use its copper and tin reserves for ammunition. During the Second World War, nearly all tin and copper was removed from the coin, replaced by an alloy of steel coated with zinc.
Incredibly unpopular with the public — thanks to a silvery hue that resembled dimes, the fact that they could not be used in vending machines, and because they turned into junk as the zinc coating wore off — the mint resumed production of brass-alloy pennies in 1944. Finally in 1947, the wheat cent returned to its pre-war copper alloy, where it remained for only 35 years.
Dimensions of the Wheat Penny
Metal Composition: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Diameter: 19 mm
Mass: 3.11 grams
Get your Lincoln Wheat Cents from Provident Metals today. Please note that we do not guarantee a mix of dates, because most bags are sourced through our extensive dealer-network and may include a limited mixture. Use our secure online ordering system and your 5000 piece bag will arrive in just days.