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(1959-2008) Lincoln Memorial Cent Coin

CoinTrapTM Commentary: Perhaps one of the most recognizable coins of all time, the Lincoln Cent has filled many wallets, pockets, gum ball machines, piggy banks, and the like.  Most people remember the design depicted below, although in 2009 this design (the Lincoln Memorial Cent) was supplanted with the Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent design. The design below was selected in 1959 in celebration of Lincoln’s 150th anniversary of his birth. Frank Gasparro designed this penny, and his initials F.G. appear just to the right of the shrubbery of the Lincoln Memorial building.  The obverse bears the likeness of Abraham Lincoln, and the reverse shows the Lincoln Memorial Building along with the statement “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” which means, “out of many, one.”  The reverse is so fine in its detail that one can discern the statue of Lincoln, which means Lincoln is shown on both the obverse and reverse of the coin! Especially popular and valuable Lincoln years include the 1971-S, 1970-S, the 1961 DCAM, 1960, 1959 DCAM, among many others.

Coin Value: What is the value of your Lincoln Memorial Cent coin? This can depend on a plethora of factors.  Nevertheless, the main factors that will determine the value or worth of your Lincoln cent are these: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, (3) the mint mark (e.g., S for San Francisco and D for Denver), and (4) scarcity/demand.  Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect).  This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your Lincoln coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes the factors mentioned above into account*.  If you do not know the grade of your Lincoln Memorial Cent coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

Lincoln Memorial Cent Coin Mint Years: 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Lincoln Memorial Cent - Obverse

Lincoln Memorial Cent - Reverse

Obverse - Lincoln Memorial Cent Coin

Engraver Obverse: Victor D. Brenner
Engraver Reverse: Frank Gasparro

Reverse - Lincoln Memorial Cent Coin

Engraver Obverse: Victor D. Brenner
Engraver Reverse: Frank Gasparro

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    No legislation was required for the application of the new Lincoln Memorial Cent design, but rather, approval was given by the Secretary of the Treasury.

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