The first two images displayed below show the obverse and the reverse of a 1972 "Birch Cent" and the third and fourth images also display the obverse and reverse of a 1972 "Silver Center Cent".
These rare 1972 one-cent coins where made during the early days of the United States Mint and, last August 10, they went for a combined total of $869,500 at the auction held by Heritage Auctions.
The "Birch Cent sold for $517,000 and the "Silver Center Cent" went for $352,500. That's a lot of pennies.
(Images provided by Heritage Auctions)
Eric Bradley, spokesman for Heritage Auctions, said that the coins have historical significance that goes beyond their collectible value, representing the transition in American history from the colonies to a new republic.