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Last Modified:  1/16/2020
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Slot: 1982-2008 Lincoln Memorial Reverse, Zinc
Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: CENTS - LINCOLN, MEMORIAL REVERSE
Item Description: 1C 1983 D
Grade: NGC MS 66 RD
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Composition: Copper-Plated Zinc
Diameter: 19mm
Mintage: 6,467,199,428

Obverse: A Portrait of President Abraham Lincoln, introduced in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Designed by Victor D. Brenner.

Reverse: The Lincoln Memorial building, introduced in 1959 on the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. Designed by Frank Gasparro.

This coin came from the US Mint Souvenir Set, only available for purchase directly at the Mint. Federal budget cuts resulted in no official Mint Sets being produced in 1982 and 1983, making uncirculated high grade coins from these two years tougher than most. My dad bought and saved this set for me, as it's my birth year, and I sent the set in for grading when I started collecting coins around 2010.
Slot: 1966-2003 Jefferson, With Initials
Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: FIVE-CENT PIECES - JEFFERSON
Item Description: 5C 1983 D
Grade: NGC MS 63 5FS
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Composition: Copper-Nickel
Diameter: 21.2mm
Mintage: 536,726,276

Obverse: Bust of President Thomas Jefferson, the design that won the design competition entered by more than 390 artists. Designed by Felix Schlag.

Reverse: Monticello above the denomination. Designed by Felix Schlag.

This coin came from the US Mint Souvenir Set, only available for purchase directly at the Mint. Federal budget cuts resulted in no official Mint Sets being produced in 1982 and 1983, making uncirculated high grade coins from these two years tougher than most. My dad bought and saved this set for me, as it's my birth year, and I sent the set in for grading when I started collecting coins around 2010.
Slot: 1965-Date Roosevelt, Clad
Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: DIMES - ROOSEVELT
Item Description: 10C 1983 D
Grade: NGC MS 67
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Composition: Copper-Nickel
Diameter: 17.9mm
Mintage: 730,129,224

Obverse: A Portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt above the date. Designed by John R. Sinnock.

Reverse: A torch, symbolizing freedom, flanked by olive and oak branches, denoting peace and victory respectively, above the denomination. Designed by John R. Sinnock.

This coin came from the US Mint Souvenir Set, only available for purchase directly at the Mint. Federal budget cuts resulted in no official Mint Sets being produced in 1982 and 1983, making uncirculated high grade coins from these two years tougher than most. My dad bought and saved this set for me, as it's my birth year, and I sent the set in for grading when I started collecting coins around 2010.
Slot: 1965-1998 Washington, Clad
Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: QUARTER DOLLARS - WASHINGTON
Item Description: 25C 1983 D
Grade: NGC MS 65
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Composition: Copper-Nickel
Diameter: 24.3mm
Mintage: 617,806,446

Obverse: A Portrait of President George Washington above the date. Designed by John Flanagan.

Reverse: An eagle perched on a branch above the denomination. Designed by John Flanagan.

This coin came from the US Mint Souvenir Set, only available for purchase directly at the Mint. Federal budget cuts resulted in no official Mint Sets being produced in 1982 and 1983, making uncirculated high grade coins from these two years tougher than most. My dad bought and saved this set for me, as it's my birth year, and I sent the set in for grading when I started collecting coins around 2010.
Slot: 1971-Date Kennedy, Clad
Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: HALF DOLLARS - KENNEDY
Item Description: 50C 1983 D
Grade: NGC MS 66
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Composition: Copper-Nickel
Diameter: 30.6mm
Mintage: 32,472,244

Obverse: Portrait of John F. Kennedy above the date. Designed by Gilroy Roberts.

Reverse: An interpretation of the Presidential Seal surrounded by 50 stars and the coin’s denomination. Designed by Frank Gasparro.

Kennedy was the youngest President ever elected, but was assassinated on November 22, 1963, before finishing his first term in office.

The following month Congress passed legislation that allowed the Franklin half dollar (then only 15 years old) to be redesigned in 1964 to the Kennedy half dollar. The Kennedy half design is based largely on an earlier presidential medal, which allowed for a quick design turnaround.

The public admired Kennedy so much the Mint could not produce enough half dollars in 1964 for them to be found in circulation, most people hoarded every half they came across. The design still stands, in my opinion, as one of the better designed modern coins.

This coin came from the US Mint Souvenir Set, only available for purchase directly at the Mint. Federal budget cuts resulted in no official Mint Sets being produced in 1982 and 1983, making uncirculated high grade coins from these two years tougher than most. My dad bought and saved this set for me, as it's my birth year, and I sent the set in for grading when I started collecting coins around 2010.
Slot: 2000-2008 Sacagawea, Eagle Reverse
Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: DOLLARS - SACAGAWEA
Item Description: $1 2000 P
Grade: NGC MS 68
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Composition: Copper-Zinc-Manganese-Nickel Clad Copper
Diameter: 26.5mm
Mintage: 767,140,000

Obverse: Sacagawea, carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. Designed by Glenna Goodacre.

Reverse: An eagle in flight above the denomination. Designed by Thomas D. Rogers Sr.

With the Sacagawea Dollar the Mint tried once again to introduce a coin to replace the paper dollar. And again the public ignored the coin.

Most numismatists I know dislike the design, but I actually like it quite a bit, especially the reverse. Given my affinity, I tracked down reverse designer Thomas D. Rogers Sr. and asked if he'd autograph my First Day Coin Cover, which he did, next to Glenna Goodacre's signature (she signed the coin cover at an earlier event).

The Sacagawea Dollar's design lasted just nine years, from 2000 to 2008, before the reverse we redesigned annually beginning in 2009 to memorialize Native Americans and their contributions to the development and history of the United States.

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