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1959 was the first year the cent used Frank Gasparro's design. The Lincoln Memorial reverse was made to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth.
In the broader sense it also brought the nation to the next level. The first official cents had Liberty (obverse) and wreaths (reverse) which are traditional designs for young nations, using Gods and symbols. After that the cent briefly used an eagle, more of an emblem of a young nation. Then the cent tried to bring the old and new by putting and Indian headdress on Liberty.
By 1909 Lincoln was seen as a national hero and the old gods seemed inappropriate. The wreath was also altered using wheat stalks instead, another representation of our nations growth. By 1959 the decision to use a building showed how we are past primitive and past farming. Now we are industrial and old enough to have our own history.
Today we see all these odd things on all U.S. coins and even several design changes for the cent. This is like a renaissance times where art is exploding. Art and technology will probably lead to some spectacular coins in the next decade so do not expect to spend another half century staring at Lincoln Shied cents.
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Metal: 95% Copper, 5%Tin and Zinc
Value: $0.03 in VF-20
This one was must have sat in water because it got verdigris.
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