A penny is round and is copper in color. The front of the penny has an image of the former President of the U.S.A. by the name of Abraham Lincoln. The front of the penny has the letterings 'IN GOD WE TRUST' and 'LIBERTY. It will also have the year it was stamped in. On the back of the penny there will be an image of the union shield. The letterings on the back of the penny will read 'ONE CENT', E PLURIBUS UNUM' and 'UNITED STATES OF AMERICA' starting in 2010. In previous years the penny had the image of the Lincoln Memorial in the back of it.