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1943:
Pennies are made from steel for one year, so copper could be used for war materials.
1944:
An international conference determines that nations will base the value of their currencies not on the value of gold but on the value of America's dollar, which has a value in gold.  The American dollar becomes the world's reserve currency—they base their money's value on ours.
1946:
Soon after Franklin D. Roosevelt's death, his portrait appears on the dime to commemorate his support for the March of Dimes, a program that raises money for research to cure polio.
1959:
The wheat design on the back of the Lincoln cent is replaced with the Lincoln Memorial.

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