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1909-1958 Lincoln Wheat Ear Cent Collection

  • 1909-1958 Lincoln Wheat Ear Cent Collection
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The Lincoln Cent was first minted in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.  It was the first circulating coin to feature a real person instead of the symbolic Lady Liberty.  Until 1958, this classic coin featured the famous “wheat ears” reverse design.  In 1959, the design was changed to the now-familiar Lincoln Memorial.

This remarkable collection features one “wheat ears” Lincoln Cent from each of the years of issue, 1909 to 1958. There are many important and long-forgotten coins in this collection. Importantly, they have been out of issue – and all “wheat ears” Lincoln Cents disappeared from circulation long ago.  It is very hard to find even a single coin today, and a collection like this that includes every year of issue is a rarely seen collector’s treasure.  The obverse of the Lincoln Cent features a portrait of Lincoln by sculptor Victor D. Brenner.  President Theodore Roosevelt personally commissioned Brenner to create the portrait for the coin.

Among the highlights of the collection are the following coins:

  • 1909 – the first Lincon Cent issued.
  • 1943 – the first and only steel coin in U.S. history.  It was made for only one year in order to save copper for the war effort.
  • 1944, 1945, and 1946 – made with copper from recycled shell cases that were gathered up from World War II battleships and battlefields and shipped back to the U.S. Mint.
  • 1958 – the last coin ever made with the classic “wheat ears” reverse design.

Today, the Lincoln Cent has been struck continuously for 100 years.  It is the longest-running coin in U.S. history.  Millions of collectors eagerly collect the Lincoln Cents, but few people will ever have the chance to own such an important collection as this.

In addition to their age, the Lincoln Cents from 1909-1958 were issued in much smaller quantities than modern Cents.  In fact, the mintages were often only about 10% of a modern Lincoln Cent, and some are much rarer.  The key low-mintage years in this collection include 1939, 1947, 1949, and 1954.  Most Lincoln Cents were worn out or damaged in circulation long ago, but we have selected each of the coins in this collection for its excellent collector condition.

This is the time to acquire this collection – before the coins become impossible to find.  When the rarest coin is no longer available, no more collections can ever be assembled.  This complete collection is delivered in a custom display album.

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