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Has The Obverse On The Lincoln Cent Changed?

 
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 Posted 04/07/2021  1:18 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Tezro128 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've noticed in a lot of my older cents from the late 90s to early 00s, Lincoln's hair seems to be much more defined and detailed than my newer cents. It seems that a change was made sometime between 2008-2011. The newer design has much smoother hair and looks just kind of blurry.

Is there any reason for this? Could it have been a cost reduction thing?

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 Posted 04/07/2021  1:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well... your comparing a regular to a Proof, so there will be differences. BUT I think after 2009, the dies were changed as they started using the Shield.
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 Posted 04/07/2021  1:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The change was made in 2010. The Mint prepared new dies for that year's coinage that were derived from the original galvano of 1909. For a time before, they were using re-engraved dies that highlighted certain details in Lincoln's portrait (including the hair details you've noticed).


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 Posted 04/07/2021  2:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Big-Kingdom to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
the mint periodically updates the design due to various issues with the designs striking that are encountered, and design deterioration, and creates a new master hub. Both obverse and reverse.


the below are obverses and reverses, but It's only up to 2015. possible they didn't change the obverse since the minor change in 2011 to smooth things out and it's degraded further over the last decade of use. the shield reverse was 2010.

Detail issues on coins can also be deterioration of the working die itself and nothing to do with the Master Hub, or master dies, and just be a working dies used past their prime, remember, they are making coins for circulation, not necessarily for perfection. it just has to be serviceable and recognizable in commerce.... within reason of course.

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 Posted 04/07/2021  7:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add KenKat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The date changes every year
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The date changes every year


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Lincoln seems to be getting younger over the years that he appears on pennies? Perhaps just my perception as I grow older, but he's really pulling a nice Benjamin Button as I sort through rolls
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