The first Lincoln cent of 1909 was issued for the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. It was the first time in U.S. minting history that a portrait of an historical figure appeared on American coins intended for circulation. Denver mintages were generally smaller than those from the principal Philadelphia mint. The 1928-D issue had an output of just 31,170,000, a quarter the number produced at Philadelphia that year. Our largest competitor charges almost twice as much for this Fine quality.