Lincoln faces to the right on the penny because the original artist based the drawing on a photograph of Abraham Lincoln taken in 1864 in which he was facing right. The artist was Victor David Brenner.Know More
The artist was chosen by Theodore Roosevelt, who likely picked him because of a sculpture he had already made of Lincoln. That sculpture was based on the same photograph in which Lincoln faced right, and Brenner used that sculpture as the basis for creating the art for the penny.
Roosevelt commissioned the coin to celebrate what would have been Lincoln's 100th birthday in 1908. The nickel is the only other U.S. coin that has had a president facing right though it has only been minted that way in select years, including 2003 and 2005.Learn more about Coins & Currency
According to the USA Coin Book, the collector's value of a 1944 copper Wheat Penny ranges from 9 cents to $3.79. The coin's grade determines its value to coin collectors. A coin with moderate wear but whose design is legible is likely to be graded as "fine" (worth 9 cents). An uncirculated Wheat Penny with no wear is worth about $3.79; rare metal pennies command much more.Full Answer >
Minted between 1859 to 1909, Indian Head pennies can vary in price from $1 to over $3,000, depending upon their date, condition and where they were minted. Collectors grade a coin's condition on a scale of good, fine, extremely fine and uncirculated, with uncirculated coins fetching the highest value.Full Answer >
The 1945 "wheat" penny carries a worth, in June 2014, ranging from about 5 cents for a circulated coin to nearly $2.00 for a perfect uncirculated coin, according to USA Coin Book. The U.S. cents called "wheat" pennies depict two wheat ears on the reverse. Lincoln appears on the front.Full Answer >
According to InvestmentNews, a U.S. 1943 Lincoln head copper penny in flawless condition is worth $1.7 million. Only 40 of these coins are known to be in existence.Full Answer >