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There are literally hundreds of doubled dies and repunched mint marks in the Lincoln cent series. Flynn’s book, The Authoritative Reference on Lincoln Cents, Second Edition, covers most of the better die varieties for this series.

As with most copper coins, full fire engine red colored coins are much more preferred and command a higher premium. It is important to be able to distinguish coins that are original, those that have naturally toned, and coins that have been artificially colored through a chemical treatment. Lincoln cent matte proof coins for example were stored in a tissue paper when mailed from the Mint, which contained elements that reacted with the surface of the coin and caused them to tone. Artificially toned coins will greatly reduce the value and will normally be certified as such by third party grading services.

Many of the Lincoln cents struck between 1909 and 1932 from the Denver and San Francisco branch mints are relatively common in circulated grades but much rarer and command a higher premium in uncirculated grades as relatively few were saved.

Rare Dates

YearMintageG4F12XFAUMS63RBMS65RD
1909-S1,825,000751202002504001.7K
1909-S VDB484,0007008001K1.2K1.8K4.5K
1914-D1,193,0001502308001.4K4K18K
1922 No D Strong Rev 5007502K5K40K150K

Note: No Lincoln cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1922. Three different obverses used at the Denver Mint had a D mint mark that was either partially or fully filled.

Circulation Die Varieties

VarietyG4F12XFAUMS63RBMS65RB
1909 VDB DDO20401001503003K
1917 DDO902007001.2K5K20K
1936 DDO (3)30601403002.5K10K
1941 DDO (3)30601202003501.8K
1943-D/D25551252254001.1K
1944D/S (2)30501302003753K
1946S/D2540100150250900
1955 DDO8001.1K1.4K1.9K3.5K40K
1969S DDO5K9K15K22K50K150K
1970-S DDO1002506009002K11K
1972 DDO152080115300500
1983 DDR12153040175350
1984 DDO5101520150250

Proof Die Varieties

VarietyPR63RDPR64RDPR65RD
1960 PR DDO (3)50175225
1971-S PR DDO (2)300400500
1990 No S Proof2K2.5K2.8K

Special Coins

1943 P,D,S Copper cents – The Mint steel for the cents in 1943 as copper was needed for the war effort. Several 1943 cents were struck on left over copper planchets. The rarest of these is the 1943-D Copper cent, of which only one specimen is known and is worth over a million dollars.

1944 P,D,S Steel cents – The Mint switch back to copper for the cents in 1944. Several of the 1944 cents were struck on leftover steel planchets. These off-planchet error coins are also worth thousands of dollars.

1943-D RPM 1944-D/S OMM 1946-S/D OMM
1936 Doubled Die Obverse 1941 Doubled Die Obverse
Lincoln Cent Varieties
1909 VDB Doubled Die Obverse 1917 Doubled Die Obverse
Lincoln Cent Varieties
1960-D Small/Large Date RPM 1983 Doubled Die Reverse
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1884 Doubled Die Reverse
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1960 Proof Large/Small Date 1871-S Proof Doubled Die Obverse
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1969-S Doubled Die Obverse 1970-S Doubled Die Obverse
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1955 Doubled Die Obverse 1972 Doubled Die Obverse

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