A moderately to heavily worn coin. Design will be fully legible including the date, but will be faint in spots.
obverse - Lincoln's outline is visible detail is nearly flattened. The indentation of middle of the ear and the eye areas will be present but lacking detail. The remainder of the face will be flat.. All lettering may be flattened, but will be completely visible. Rim will be complete, except for noted problems with the legend merging with the rim during the latter high relief years. Date may be flattened but will be completely visible. Mint mark (if any) may be barely legible.
reverse - The wheat ears will not merge with the rim, and the outline will be completely visible. Legend may merge with the rim, but will be completely legible. The O in ONE CENT may be nearly worn away on early branch mint cents.