"Here is a bit more on the Lincoln cent from a statistical point of view. In an article I recently submitted to "The Numismatist" I contend that the demise of the Lincoln cent is clearly underway. The article is entitled"The Rise and Fall of the Lincoln Cent."
Attached are two of several graphs I produced that clearly show the trend. The graphs show the cumulative mintages of Lincoln cents and the change in the per capita production of Lincoln cents per decade. The great mintages of the coin peaked around 1990! We are rapidly reaching stagnation and not just because of the current economy- clearly it is part of a long range trend. Incidentally, just over 450,000,000,000 Lincoln cents have been struck to date."
Thanks! These charts provide an interesting view into the phenomenal scale of production of what must be one of the most reproduced artworks in the world. Has anyone ever tallied up the number of one dollar bills printed? Which one leads the numbers race - Lincoln's cent, or Washington's dollar bill?