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Whitman Publishing releases expanded new edition of A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents

September 8, 2017 in Books, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Reference, USA Coins

By: Dennis Tucker News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Whitman Publishing has released an expanded, updated second edition of its best-selling Guide Book of Lincoln Cents, a popular entry in the Bowers Series of numismatic titles. The book continues in the tradition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and other Bowers Series guides, now numbering more than two dozen volumes. The 320-page full-color book is available online (including at Whitman.com) and from booksellers nationwide for $19.95.

Generations of coin collectors have grown up with the Lincoln cent, America’s longest-running coin series, first minted in 1909. Author Q. David Bowers, the nation’s most widely published numismatic writer, provides… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to offer finest certified 1913 Lincoln cent at auction

March 14, 2017 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Cents, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

When the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo takes place at the end of March, it will, as always, feature an estimable array of collectible coins and paper money. Stack’s Bowers Galleries will hold a series of auctions, and its “Rarities Night” will, as usual, offer up a host of beautiful coins. Among those that are not “as usual” will be a 1913 Lincoln cent in nearly flawless condition—in fact, at MS-67 RD, it is the finest certified example of that year.

On the Stack’s Bowers blog, numismatist and cataloger James McCartney writes, With a mintage of 76.5… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Collecting on a Budget: Affordable Indian Head Cents

April 26, 2016 in Bronze Coins, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Copper, Copper Coins, Cupro-Nickel Coins, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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We are continuing our series on interesting coins costing less than $100 with what is arguably America’s most loved and hated denomination: the cent. We have discussed the Lincoln Wheat cent series in an earlier article, and now we will go further back in time to the Indian Head cent series, which was produced from 1859 to 1909.

These coins played an important role in American commerce over a 50-year period that began before the Civil War and ended in the 20th century. Produced in large quantities most years, there are several rare and scarce dates, some of which… Full article at the source>

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PCGS Analysis Confirms Two More Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

February 26, 2016 in Antique Coins, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, Grading, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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February 26, 2016

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PCGS Analysis Confirms Two More
Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

 

This 1792 J-2 pattern cent owned by California collector Alan Weinberg is nearly pure copper, according to PCGS. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

This 1792 J-2 pattern cent owned by California collector Alan Weinberg is nearly pure copper, according to PCGS. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) recently had the unique opportunity to perform metallurgical testing on two different examples of the extremely rare 1792 Pattern Cent.  Both were shown to have been made of essentially pure copper instead of a “fusible alloy” containing copper and a small portion of silver.  

“The results give a clearer picture of how the U.S. Mint experimented on the earliest American coins in preparation for official coining in 1793.  At least three of the nine known 1792 Cents originally designated as the Judd-2 variety now are confirmed to be composed of virtually pure copper,” said Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com), the Internet’s most comprehensive source for information about United States coins.

“This represents a major step forward in our understanding of early American numismatics, plus it was the first time these two rarities have been together in 224 years.  Working with the owners of the two 1792 cents, PCGS arranged for an in-house, non-invasive metallurgical analysis of their coins,” explained Guth.   

PCGS confirmed the Wolcott specimen 1792 J-2 cent is essentially pure copper. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

PCGS confirmed the Wolcott specimen 1792 J-2 cent is essentially pure copper. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

One of the recently tested Judd-2 cents has been owned by collector Alan Weinberg of California since 1988 when he purchased it at a Bowers and Merena auction.  Its pedigree includes the Lorin G. Parmelee, Virgil Brand and Norweb collections.  Although uncertified, PCGS estimates its grade as EF45, making it the second finest known.

The other recently tested coin, graded PCGS VF35, was unknown until 2004 when the Wolcott family from southwestern New York State brought their inherited coin to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was certified by PCGS and its discovery generated nationwide headlines.  Owners since then have included Anthony Terranova, Denis Loring, Legend Numismatics and Bob R. Simpson. The coin now is owned by a collector who wishes to remain anonymous after purchasing it through Heritage Auctions this past January.

A third Judd-2 1792 cent, confirmed to be pure copper, is in the American Numismatic Association Edward C. Rochette Money Museum collection, and graded Good.

Early United States Mint engraver Henry Voight, who also created the 1793 Chain and Wreath cent varieties, designed the Judd-2 variety.

Judd refers to the book, United States Pattern, Experimental and Trial Pieces, a reference guide authored by Dr. J. Hewitt Judd.  Coins listed in the book are classified by Judd numbers, including J-2, the current designation for 1792-dated cents made of pure copper.

“1792 saw a flurry of activity aimed at establishing a mint in the United States.  Congress passed a Mint Act, a Director was chosen, a parcel of land was purchased, a building was erected in Philadelphia and employees were hired,” explained Guth.

“Several one-cent denomination coins were tested that year: a large copper piece known today as the Birch Cent (Judd-4); a smaller copper piece with a silver center (Judd-1); a piece of similar size in pure copper (Judd-2); and a piece of similar size with the copper and the silver center cent melted together into what is known as a ‘fusible alloy’ (Judd did not create a separate listing for such a coin).”  

“Mint records point to their experiment with fusible alloy cents, but none have been confirmed to date (one example tested years ago showed a small fraction of silver, but the margin of error of the test precluded a positive determination).”

The search for a real Fusible Alloy cent continues.  “Hopefully,” concluded Guth, “testing of the remaining 1792 cents will reveal the true nature of these remarkable coins.”

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service has become the industry standard in third-party certification.  With offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris, PCGS experts have certified over 32 million coins with a total market value of over 30 billion dollars.

For additional information about PCGS products and services, call 800-447-8848 or email info@pcgs.com.  

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The Lincoln Cent

February 5, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, Entertainment, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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The Lincoln cent, or most commonly called “penny”, started production in 1909. They have President Abraham Lincoln on the front which is where the name “Lincoln Cent” comes from. Starting with the first year of 1909 the penny has wheat ears on the back and is commonly called a “Wheat Back Penny”. They are made of bronze, which consists of 95% copper and 5% tin.

In 1909, there were pennies that were struck in San Francisco and Philadelphia that had the designer’s initials on the back of the penny at the bottom that read “V.D.B”, which stood for “Victor David Brenner”.

The… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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