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1909 Lincoln Cent Will Be Touching Down On Mars Sun Night

 
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 Posted 08/04/2012  11:42 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Danester to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A 1909 Lincoln Cent will be touching down on the surface of Mars with the 2012 "Curiosity" NASA rover -- scheduled to land at 1:17 AM EDT Monday Aug 6th (10:17 PM Sunday PDT August 5th).

The 1909 Lincoln Cent is aboard as a calibration target for the Mars Hand Lens Imager instrument. If this coin could be recovered sometime in the future and then certified by PCGS.... what a prize!

No more bouncing cushion ball landings as in the past. This rover will be landing like Buck Rogers by an eight-engine jetpack "sky crane" that will gently lower it to the surface.

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 Posted 08/04/2012  11:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I cant even imagine the price a certified mars Lincoln would go for. Would probably be worth more than the stolen double eagle
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 Posted 08/04/2012  11:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DVCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The Curiosity Rover landing will be quite a feat of engineering if they pull it off!
In either case, it will be the only coin on Mars!
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 Posted 08/04/2012  11:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add OldSkoolMadSkilz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That depends. A regular Mars 1909 I'd only spend a million on. If it were a Mars 1909-S VDB, I'd probably go to a mill and a half.
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 Posted 08/04/2012  11:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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In either case, it will be the only coin on Mars!


Besides the buried alien coins of course
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 Posted 08/05/2012  12:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Danester to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There is an image of a 1909 Lincoln Cent on page 6A of this Friday's USA Today. It has "NASA" printed below it, so I am assuming it is an image of the actual coin on-board.

It has some red high-lights and looks AU-58... but it is hard to tell the grade from this small image. Could be a VDB or Doubled Die, however.
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 Posted 08/05/2012  12:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Did they happen to mention why 1909? Seems there has to be some significance here. Cant imagine that was one that was just laying around for them to grab during assembly
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 Posted 08/05/2012  12:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NathanASE to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm curious as why 1909 too? Wow, that would be one rare wheat!
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 Posted 08/05/2012  12:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Danester to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like it is a 1909 VDB after all. Here are two links that give more infomation about the coin. The coin looks to have been cleaned.... but if you are the frist and only coin to go to Mars - what the heck!!

http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-020712b.html

http://www.coinworld.com/articles/1...ute-to-mars/



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 Posted 08/05/2012  12:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jokingjoker to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Even if recovered it would never grade. It has been harshly cleaned.
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Very nice.

For those who do not want to read the whole article here is why for the 1909 which makes a lot more sense now.


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"Originally the Curiosity rover was going to launch in 2009, and so I had planned all along to use a 1909 cent in celebration of the centennial of the Lincoln cent," he said. "I could not use one of the four 2009 cents because we had to commit to the design and materials (i.e., the 1909 is brass, 2009 is mostly zinc) in 2008. When the launch was delayed to 2011, we still went forward with the 1909 cent because we already had it in-hand.

"In fact, we made 4 of these calibration targets, each with a 1909-VDB. One target is on its way to Mars, two others were used in testing at JPL, the other is in storage as a flight spare that could be used on a future mission to Mars, if such an opportunity were to materialize.
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Even if recovered it would never grade. It has been harshly cleaned.


I think we could make an exception for this one. Could you imagine sending the mars VDB in and having it sent back in a baggie lol
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Below the date..... it looks like a Dropped Letter error. Could be something else, but it dose look like a Dropped "1".
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 Posted 08/05/2012  03:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Danester to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Curiosity rover is closing in on the Red Planet for a white-knuckle descent to the surface using an untried "sky crane" technique to ensure a pinpoint landing on the floor of Gale Crater.

I'm hoping all systems go for a safe landing. A penny heads-up is good luck.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-5...kes-descent/

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 Posted 08/05/2012  03:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
With that complicated delivery method they will certainly need all the luck they can get
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Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror --- What's really involved in landing the rover.

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