BU & PROOF LINCOLN CENTS

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 Date      Inv #  Price            Date       Inv #  Price            Date      Inv #  Price            
 1934      05101  49.95            1966       05187   0.50            1995s Prf  03651   3.95
 1934d     05102  94.95            1966 SMS   03614   1.50            1996       04473   0.50
 1935      05103  49.95            1967       05188   0.50            1996d      04474   0.50
 1935d     05104  62.50            1967 SMS   03615   1.50            1996s Prf  03653   3.95
 1935s     05105  99.95            1968       05189   0.50            1997       04475   0.50
 1936      05106   8.95            1968d      05190   0.50            1997d      04476   0.50
 1936d     05107  19.95            1968s      05191   0.50            1997s Prf  03655   3.95
 1936s     05108  27.50            1968s Prf  03616   1.50            1998       04477   0.50
 1937      05109   9.95            1969       05192   0.50            1998d      04478   0.50
 1937d     05110  19.95            1969d      05193   0.50            1998s Prf  03657   4.95
 1937s     05111  17.50            1969s      05194   0.50            1999       04479   0.50
 1938      05112  19.95            1969s Prf  03617   1.50            1999d      04480   0.50
 1938d     05113  22.50            1970       05195   0.50            1999s Prf  03659   3.95
 1938s     05114  14.95            1970d      05196   0.50            2000       04481   0.50
 1939      05115   7.50            1970s      05197   0.50            2000d      04482   0.50
 1939d     05116  14.95            1970s Prf  03618   1.95            2000s Prf  03661   1.95
 1939s     05117  19.95            1970s SD   05198  79.95            2001       04483   0.50
 1940      05118   7.95            1970sSD Prf03626 119.95            2001d      04484   0.50
 1940d     05119  14.95            1971       05199   1.00            2001s Prf  03663   2.50
 1940s     05120  12.50            1971d      04560   0.50            2002       04485   0.50
 1941      05121   9.95            1971s      04561   0.50            2002d      04486   0.50
 1941d     05122  12.50            1971s Prf  03619   2.50            2002s Prf  03665   2.50
 1941s     05123  19.95            1972       04562   0.50            2003       04487   0.50
 1942      05124   5.95            1972d      04563   0.50            2003d      04488   0.50
 1942d     05125  12.50            1972s      04564   0.50            2003s Prf  03667   2.50
 1942s     05126  29.95            1972s Prf  03620   1.95            2004       04489   0.50
 1943      05127   5.95            1973       04565   0.50            2004d      04490   0.50
 1943d     05128  14.95            1973d      04566   0.50            2004s Prf  03669   1.95
 1943s     05129  19.95            1973s      04567   0.50            2005       04491   0.50
 1944      05130   2.50            1973s Prf  03621   1.50            2005d      04492   0.50
 1944d     05131   3.95            1974       04568   0.50            2005s Prf  03671   1.95
 1944s     05132   7.95            1974d      04569   0.50            2006       04493   0.50
 1945      05133   3.95            1974s      04570   0.50            2006d      04494   0.50
 1945d     05134   3.95            1974s Prf  03622   1.95            2006s Prf  03673   2.95
 1945s     05135   7.95            1975       04571   0.50            2007       04495   0.50
 1946      05136   2.50            1975d      04572   0.50            2007d      04496   0.50
 1946d     05137   5.95            1975s Prf  03623   4.95            2007s Prf  03675   2.50
 1946s     05138   8.95            1976       04573   0.50            2008       04497   0.50
 1947      05139   6.50            1976d      04574   0.50            2008d      04498   0.50
 1947d     05140   3.95            1976s Prf  03624   2.95            2008s Prf  03677   6.95
 1947s     05141   7.95            1977       04575   0.50           Birth and Early Childhood
 1948      05142   2.50            1977d      04576   0.50            2009        04360   0.50
 1948d     05143   4.95            1979s1 Prf 03629   2.95            2009 copper 04290  10.00
 1948s     05144   7.95            1979s2 Prf 03630   4.95            2009d       04361   0.50
 1949      05145   5.95            1980       04581   0.50            2009d copper04291  10.00
 1949d     05146   5.95            1980d      04582   0.50            2009s Prf   03678   4.95
 1949s     05147   9.95            1980s Prf  03631   1.95                Formative Years
 1950      05148   4.95            1981       04583   0.50            2009        04362   0.50
 1950d     05149   1.95            1981d      04584   0.50            2009 copper 04292  10.00
 1950s     05150   3.95            1981s1 Prf 03632   1.95            2009d       04363   0.50
 1951      05151   4.95            1981s2 Prf 03633  64.95            2009d copper04293  10.00           
 1951d     05152   1.00            1982  C Lg 04398   0.50            2009s Prf   03679   4.95
 1951s     05153   3.95            1982  C Sm 04394   0.50                Professional Life
 1952      05154   4.95            1982d C Lg 04399   0.50            2009        04364   0.50
 1952d     05155   1.00            1982  Z Lg 04585   1.50            2009 copper 04294  10.00
 1952s     05156   7.95            1982  Z Sm 04397   1.95            2009d       04365   0.50
 1953      05157   1.50            1982d Z Lg 04395   1.95            2009d copper04295  10.00
 1953d     05158   1.00            1982d Z Sm 04396   0.50            2009s Prf   03680   4.95
 1953s     05159   1.95            1982s Prf  03634   2.50                  Presidency
 1954      05160   1.95            1983       04587   0.50            2009        04366    .50
 1954d     05161   1.00            1983d      04588   1.00            2009 copper 04296  10.00
 1954s     05162   1.50            1983s Prf  03636   2.95            2009d       04367    .50
 1955      05163   1.00            1984       04589   0.50            2009d copper04297  10.00
 1955d     05164   1.00            1984d      04590   1.00            2009s Prf   03681   4.95
 1955s     05165   1.50            1984s Prf  03637   3.95                 Shield Reverse
 1956      05166   0.75            1985       04591   0.50            2010       04368   0.50
 1956 Prf  03603   5.95            1985d      04592   1.00            2010d      04369   0.50
 1956d     05167   0.75            1985s Prf  03638   3.95            2010s Prf  03682   4.95
 1957      05168   0.75            1986       04593   1.00            2011       04370   0.50
 1957 Prf  03604   4.95            1986d      04594   1.50            2011d      04371   0.50
 1957d     05169   0.75            1986s Prf  03639   4.95            2011s Prf  03683   7.50
 1958      05170   0.75            1987       04595   0.50            2012       04372   0.50
 1958 Prf  03605   5.95            1987d      04596   1.00            2012d      04373   0.50
 1958d     05171   0.75            1987s Prf  03640   2.50            2012s Prf  03684   6.95
 1959      05172   0.50            1988       04597   0.50            2013       04374   0.50        
 1959 Prf  03606   4.95            1988d      04598   0.50            2013d      04375   0.50
 1959d     05173   0.50            1988s Prf  03641   4.95            2013s Prf  03685   5.95
 1960      05174   0.50            1989       04599   0.50            2014       04376   0.50                    
 1960 Prf  03607   2.50            1989d      04460   0.50            2014d      04377   0.50              
 1960SD    05175   4.95            1989s Prf  03642   4.95            2014s Prf  03686   2.95              
 1960SD Prf03608  24.95            1990       04461   0.50                   
 1960d     05176   0.50            1990d      04462   0.50                          
 1960d SD  05177   0.50            1990s Prf  03643   3.95                             
 1961      05178   0.50            1991       04463   0.50                       
 1961 Prf  03609   1.00            1991d      04464   1.00                      
 1961d     05179   0.50            1991s Prf  03644   5.95                         
 1962      05180   0.50            1992       04465   0.50                      
 1962 Prf  03610   1.00            1992d      04466   0.50                      
 1962d     05181   0.50            1992s Prf  03645   1.95                        
 1963      05182   0.50            1993       04467   0.50                      
 1963 Prf  03611   1.00            1993d      04468   1.00                           
 1963d     05183   0.50            1993s Prf  03647   3.95                        
 1964      05184   0.50            1994       04469   0.50                       
 1964 Prf  03612   1.00            1994d      04470   0.50                       
 1964d     05185   0.50            1994s Prf  03649   3.95                           
 1965      05186   0.50            1995       04471   0.50                        
 1965 SMS  03613   1.50            1995d      04472   0.50                          
                                                                      



** Note: Lincoln Cents made from 1975-date with an "S" mint mark are Proof Only issues. **


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

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...where 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 date 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.

Click her to order: #02901.....1982 Seven Variety Cent Set.....$3.95


Key to abbreviations used on this page:

BU (Brilliant Uncirculated): A strictly uncirculated coin with attractive mint luster but noticeable detracting contact marks or minor blemishes.

SD (Small Date): In 1960, the date on Lincoln Cents, from both Philadelphia and Denver, was modified resulting two varieties. The modified cents from this year are called 'Small Date' cents due to the reduction in size of the numerals in the date. Likewise in 1970, the date was modified on the San Francisco minted cents giving rise to two varieties again. The first variety of the 1970-S Lincoln Cent is termed 'Small Date'. It is distinguished by a higher placement of the '7' in the date. The 1970-S cents made later in the year are much more common and have a lower '7' which does not line up with the tops of the '9' and '0'.

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. Cents struck in San Francisco after 1974 were Proof Only issues and were not released for general circulation. Note: Cents struck in Philadelphia and West Point bear no mint mark.

Prf: Refers to Proof coins.

SMS (Special Mint Set): Made 1965-1967 at the Philadelphia Mint. No Proof Sets were produced these years.

1 and 2: The 1979 Type 1 coins have a "filled S" which was hard to read. The die was re-cut creating the Type 2 or "clear S." Similarly, in 1981, the dies for the coins were re-cut creating a Type 1 (Rounded S) and a Type 2 (Flat S).


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