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
A 1944 D penny features the Lincoln wheat penny design and was minted in 1944 at the Denver mint facility. The D is the coin's mint mark, which indicates the production site. A 1944 D penny may be worth between 15 cents and $6, as of 2014.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the value of a 1933 Lincoln wheat penny ranges from 95 cents to $20.75, depending on the coin's condition and mint mark, according to CoinStudy.com. Coin collectors grade the condition of a coin on a scale of good, fine, extremely fine and uncirculated.Full Answer >
According to the website Pennies, the first penny created in the United States was in 1787 by Benjamin Franklin. It bore the image of a sun and sundial above the message "mind your own business." The most recent design of the one-cent coin was unveiled in 2010. Pennies are used in several countries. Since 1787, over 300 billion one-cent coins with 11 different images have been created.Full Answer >
The first official U.S. penny was minted in 1787 according to coinfacts.com, so this would make the oldest U.S. penny 227 years old as of 2014. According to the Professional Coin Grading service, these coins are still in existence.Full Answer >