Generations of coin collectors have grown up with the Lincoln cent. Now, as the coin nears its 100th anniversary (and the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth), Q. David Bowers provides a detailed study of this great American classic.
"Lincoln cents are among the most fascinating coins in the entire American series," writes Bowers. "Believe it or not, they also offer some of the greatest challenges."
In this single volume you'll absorb the history of the coin's two classic reverse designs, take an inside look at the minting process, and learn how to grade your collection, including Proofs. Bowers shares tips on becoming a smarter buyer. He even gives a sneak preview of what the U.S. Mint has in store with a 2009 redesign. The book includes a thorough market analysis for each date and mintmark, and a special appendix on error coins. Read and enjoy, as you gain a better appreciation of America's most popular cent.
Table of ContentsAbout the Author iv
Credits and Acknowledgments v
Foreword Charles D. Daughtrey vi
Prelude to the Lincoln Cent 1
History of the Wheat-Reverse Cent, 1909-1958 9
History of the Memorial-Reverse Cent, 1959 to Date 41
Mints and the Minting Process 52
Proof Lincoln Cents, 1909 to Date 64
Grading Lincoln Cents 83
How to Be a Smart Buyer 97
Ways to Collect Lincoln Cents 116
Analysis and Market Guide to Lincoln Cents 125
Lincoln Cent Mint Errors Fred Weinberg 289
Selected Bibliography 293
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a must have basic primer on the Lincoln cent. Test is tight, critical data easily found, and a brief history of each coin listed. Major error cents are also noted.
Loved it good book to have