LINCOLN CENTS 1909-1933

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 DATE          GOOD           VERY GOOD          FINE           VERY FINE       EXTRA FINE
 1909VDB   04601   19.95    04701   22.50    04801   22.95    04901   24.95    05001   27.50
 1909sVDB  04602 1095.00    04702 1150.00    04802 1195.00    04902 1250.00    05002 1595.00
 1909      04603    4.95    04703    5.95    04803    6.95    04903    7.50    05003    7.95
 1909s     04604  137.50    04704  149.95    04804  159.95    04904  217.50    05004  335.00
 1910      04605    0.75    04705    0.95    04805    1.00    04905    1.50    05005    6.95
 1910s     04606   24.95    04706   32.95    04806   34.95    04906   47.50    05006   79.95
 1911      04607    0.75    04707    1.00    04807    1.95    04907    2.95    05007   12.50
 1911d     04608    7.50    04708    8.95    04808   14.95    04908   37.50    05008   84.95
 1911s     04609   72.50    04709   89.95    04809   95.00    04909   99.95    05009  115.00
 1912      04610    2.50    04710    2.95    04810    3.95    04910    7.95    05010   22.50
 1912d     04611   12.50    04711   14.95    04811   17.50    04911   44.95    05011  110.00
 1912s     04612   32.50    04712   42.50    04812   49.95    04912   69.95    05012  119.95
 1913      04613    1.25    04713    1.50    04813    1.95    04913    4.95    05013   29.95
 1913d     04614    4.50    04714    4.95    04814    5.95    04914   17.50    05014   79.95
 1913s     04615   19.95    04715   27.50    04815   34.95    04915   49.95    05015   95.00
 1914      04616    0.95    04716    1.50    04816    2.95    04916    8.95    05016   29.95
 1914d     04617  285.00    04717  295.00    04817  375.00    04917  550.00    05017 1150.00
 1914s     04618   37.50    04718   44.95    04818   49.95    04918   64.95    05018  124.95
 1915      04619    2.50    04719    4.95    04819    5.95    04919   29.95    05019   97.50
 1915d     04620    2.50    04720    4.95    04820    6.95    04920   12.50    05020   39.95
 1915s     04621   29.95    04721   39.95    04821   44.95    04921   52.50    05021   99.95
 1916      04622    0.75    04722    0.95    04822    1.50    04922    3.95    05022   12.95
 1916d     04623    1.95    04723    2.95    04823    4.95    04923    9.95    05023   29.95
 1916s     04624    2.95    04724    4.95    04824    6.95    04924   14.95    05024   44.95
 1917      04625    0.75    04725    0.95    04825    1.00    04925    2.50    05025    7.50
 1917d     04626    1.50    04726    1.95    04826    4.95    04926    7.50    05026   59.95
 1917s     04627    1.00    04727    1.50    04827    1.95    04927    3.95    05027   19.95
 1918      04628    0.75    04728    0.95    04828    1.00    04928    1.50    05028    6.95
 1918d     04629    1.50    04729    1.95    04829    3.95    04929    7.50    05029   24.95
 1918s     04630    0.95    04730    1.50    04830    1.95    04930    4.95    05030   17.50
 1919      04631    0.75    04731    0.95    04831    1.00    04931    1.95    05031    3.95
 1919d     04632    1.00    04732    1.50    04832    1.95    04932    6.95    05032   19.95
 1919s     04633    0.95    04733    1.50    04833    2.50    04933    3.95    05033    9.95
 1920      04634    0.75    04734    0.95    04834    1.00    04934    1.50    05034    3.95
 1920d     04635    1.50    04735    2.50    04835    4.95    04935   12.50    05035   29.95
 1920s     04636    1.00    04736    1.50    04836    1.95    04936    3.95    05036   19.95
 1921      04637    0.95    04737    1.00    04837    1.50    04937    4.95    05037   17.50
 1921s     04638    2.50    04738    2.95    04838    5.95    04938    9.95    05038   59.95
 1922      04639  950.00    04739  975.00    04839 1150.00    04939 1450.00    05039 3095.00
 1922d     04640   37.50    04740   37.95    04840   38.95    04940   39.95    05040   59.95
 1923      04641    0.75    04741    0.95    04841    1.00    04941    1.95    05041    9.95
 1923s     04642    9.95    04742   12.50    04842   14.95    04942   19.95    05042   69.95
 1924      04643    0.75    04743    0.95    04843    1.00    04943    1.50    05043    7.95
 1924d     04644   59.95    04744   74.95    04844   84.95    04944   99.95    05044  159.95
 1924s     04645    1.75    04745    1.95    04845    3.95    04945    7.95    05045   52.50
 1925      04646    0.75    04746    0.95    04846    1.00    04946    1.50    05046    3.95
 1925d     04647    1.50    04747    2.50    04847    4.95    04947    8.95    05047   24.95
 1925s     04648    0.95    04748    1.50    04848    2.50    04948    3.95    05048   17.95
 1926      04649    0.75    04749    0.95    04849    1.00    04949    1.50    05049    1.95
 1926d     04650    1.95    04750    2.50    04850    5.95    04950    8.95    05050   24.95
 1926s     04651   14.95    04751   17.50    04851   19.95    04951   27.50    05051   57.50
 1927      04652    0.75    04752    0.95    04852    1.00    04952    1.50    05052    1.95
 1927d     04653    1.95    04753    2.50    04853    2.95    04953    4.95    05053   12.50
 1927s     04654    1.95    04754    2.50    04854    3.95    04954    7.95    05054   24.95
 1928      04655    0.75    04755    0.95    04855    1.00    04955    1.50    05055    1.95
 1928d     04656    1.50    04756    1.95    04856    2.95    04956    5.95    05056    9.95
 1928s     04657    1.50    04757    2.50    04857    3.95    04957    5.95    05057   14.95
 1929      04658    0.50    04758    0.75    04858    0.95    04958    1.00    05058    3.95
 1929d     04659    0.95    04759    1.50    04859    1.95    04959    3.95    05059    8.95
 1929s     04660    0.95    04760    1.50    04860    2.95    04960    3.95    05060   12.50
 1930      04661    0.50    04761    0.75    04861    0.95    04961    1.00    05061    1.95
 1930d     04662    0.75    04762    0.95    04862    1.00    04962    1.50    05062    2.95
 1930s     04663    0.75    04763    0.95    04863    1.00    04963    1.50    05063    1.95
 1931      04664    0.95    04764    1.00    04864    1.50    04964    2.95    05064    5.95
 1931d     04665    7.95    04765    8.95    04865    9.95    04965   12.50    05065   19.95
 1931s     04666  110.00    04766  117.50    04866  125.00    04966  185.00    05066  199.95
 1932      04667    2.50    04767    2.95    04867    4.95    04967    5.95    05067   12.50
 1932d     04668    2.50    04768    2.95    04868    3.95    04968    4.95    05068    5.95
 1933      04669    2.50    04769    2.95    04869    3.95    04969    4.95    05069    9.95
 1933d     04670    5.95    04770    6.95    04870    8.95    04970   12.50    05070   22.50

Lincoln Cents 1934 - 1958 . . . . . . Lincoln Cents 1959 - 1998


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The History of the Lincoln Cent (1909-1998):

The first Lincoln Cent was issued in 1909 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth. The Lincoln Cent was the first cent to bear the legend "In God We Trust". While the obverse design has undergone several minor changes over the years this bust of Lincoln has remained almost unchanged. The reverse design has however undergone a complete redesign in 1959 in honor of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The original reverse used from 1909 to 1958 depicted two wheat stalks surrounding ONE CENT. From 1959 to the present day, the reverse depicts the Lincoln Memorial Building with ONE CENT at the bottom.

The Lincoln Cent was designed by Victor D. Brenner. The first year of issue, 1909, the designers initials, VDB, were located on the reverse near the rim at the bottom. The public objected to the VDB siting the illegality of defacing coins for personal gain or reputation. The initials were removed the same year creating multiple varieties of 1909 Lincoln Cents. Realizing, years later, the ridicules nature of the change, the VDB was restored to the coin in 1918 at the base of Lincoln's shoulder on the obverse...were it remains to this day.

The composition of the Lincoln Cent has changes many times since its origin in 1909. From 1909 to 1942 the cents were bronze. These cents had a weight of 3.11 grams, a diameter of 19mm, a plain rim, and a composition of 95% copper and 5% tin and zinc. In 1943, copper was needed for the production of ammunition for World War II. For this one year, the Lincoln Cents were made of steel coated with zinc (to prevent rusting). These cents had a weight of 2.70 grams. No bronze cents were officially struck in 1943! From 1944 to 1946 the cents were produced from salvaged cartridge cases. Although the color was slightly different, the coins proved satisfactory in all other respects. These 'shell case' cents had a weight of 3.11 grams and a composition of 95% copper and 5% tin. From 1947 to 1962the original pre-war specifications were resumed. Although the reverse was redesigned in 1959, see above, all other specifications were kept the same. From 1962 to 1982* the tin was dropped from the composition leaving 95% copper and 5% zinc. From 1982* to 1998 the cents have a weight of 2.50 grams and are composed of zinc with a thin copper plating. The exact composition is 99.2% zinc and 0.08% copper. The diameter size and plain rim have remained unchanged since 1909. Lincoln Cents were struck in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point. (cents struck in Philadelphia and West Point bear no mint mark).

* More on the 1982 Lincoln Cents: This was a transition year, meaning coins of both compositions described above were issued with the 1982 date. Furthermore there was also a variety in the size of the date resulting in Large Date and Small Date varieties. A complete set of 1982 Lincoln Cents, all seven (7) varieties, is available for only $3.95.

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Key to abbreviations used on this page:

VDB(Victor D. Brenner): V.D.B. are the initials of the designer of the Lincoln Cent, Victor D. Brenner. The first year of issue, 1909, these initials were located on the reverse near the rim at the bottom. The public objected to the VDB siting the illegality of defacing coins for personal gain or reputation. The initials were removed the same year creating multiple varieties of 1909 Lincoln Cents. Realizing, years later, the ridicules nature of the change, the VDB was restored to the coin in 1918 at the base of Lincoln's shoulder on the obverse...were it remains to this day.

D (Denver): The 'D' mint mark is located on the obverse directly below the date.

S (San Francisco): The 'S' mint mark is located on the obverse directly below the date. Note: Cents struck in Philadelphia and West Point bear no mint mark.


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