Frank gasparro designed the 1959 lincoln memorial reverse that replaced the original 1909 brenner wheat stalk design. Gasparro's initials fg appear on the lower-right side of the lincoln memorial. Below the edifice and along the rim are the words one cent, while the legend united states of america run along the top half of the reverse along the rim. Between the top of the lincoln memorial and united states of america inscription is the motto e pluribus unum.
The edge of the 1974 lincoln cent is plain or smooth, without reading or lettering. This item is made of copper.