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Most Valuable Pennies Ever Sold

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For the world’s rarest pennies in the world, values are well over $100,000 and just under $2,000,000. Here are 15 of the most valuable pennies, based on over 200,000+ public records and auction sales figures. As a collector, you eventually get to the point where you need to purchase your coins from a coin dealer … Read more

Martin registry set tenders PCGS MS-67 red 1954 Lincoln cent

A date and Mint mark set of Lincoln cents is a typical starting point for a collector and examples with gorgeous, original Mint red color are particularly coveted. Heritage offered the Jerald L. Martin Collection at its recent Florida United Numismatists auctions in Orlando, which included several finest-known examples. Over 40 years the collector worked … Read more

New Lincoln Doubled Die found by Newcomer Collector in Georgia

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A new collector in Georgia repeatedly found examples of a 1995-D doubled die cent and profited accordingly. Doubling shows very clearly in all letters of the word TRUST on the 1995-D doubled-die cent. New collector Dilenia Fiore found seven of these in uncirculated rolls of the coins that she purchased online. Dilenia Fiore has reported … Read more

Common Coin Terms for Collecting and Coin Searching

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COMMON COIN TERMS As you get into the wonderful world of currency searching, it is important to understand some of the common coin terms used in the hobby. Below is a table of the common coin terms and definitions. We add things to this list as necessary, it is obviously not a hugely extensive list … Read more

Lincoln Cent Design Varieties

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Lincoln Cent Design Varieties

Unlike the Transitional Design Varieties in which a coin design is used in a year when it shouldn’t be used, the Wrong Design Varieties have a coin design being used in the correct year, but on the wrong type of coin.

The instances that we are aware of have occurred in years when there were differences between the design for proof strike coins and the design for circulation strike coins for a given denomination.  While knowledge of these variety types has been with us for some time, the hobby was reawakened to them when I had a front page article in the January 22, 2001 issue of Coin World announcing the discovery by Maximillian Lucas of a year 2000 circulation strike Lincoln cent with the proof strike design.

 

 

Prior to the appearance of this article it appears that very few in the hobby were aware that from 1994 through 2008 the Lincoln cents appeared with two different reverse designs.  The circulation strike coins had one design while the proof strike coins featured a different version of the design.

Throughout the 50 year history of the Lincoln Memorial cent the Mint modified the Memorial reverse design six times creating 7 different versions (the original plus the six modifications).  Probably the easiest way to spot the various reverse modifications is on the designer’s initials FG.

The last modification came in 1993.  From 1989 through 1992 the Mint used the Lincoln Memorial reverse design that we identify in the Wexler Files as Lincoln Memorial Reverse Design #6 (LMRD-006).  LMRD-006 has a distinct serif at the top left side of the vertical bar of the G in FG.  In addition to that, the vertical bar of the G in FG extends down below the lower right curve of the G.  Like all of the previous designs, there is a significant spacing between the bottoms of the A and M in AMERICA.

For the new design introduced in 1993 (LMRD-007), the serif at the top of the vertical bar on the G of FG was no longer there.  Also, the vertical bar of the G did not extend below the lower right curve of the G.

 

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Nova Constellatio Coppers – Coins

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Nova Constellatio Coppers [sgmb id=”1″] The Nova Constellatio coppers, dated 1783 and 1785 and without denomination, were struck in fairly large quantities in Birmingham, England, beginning in 1785, and were shipped to NewYork where they entered circulation. Apparently they resulted from a private coinage venture undertaken by Constable, Rucker & Co., a trading business formed … Read more