Bill Jones small cents
1C LINCOLN, MEMORIAL REVERSE (1959-2008)

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: CENTS - LINCOLN, MEMORIAL REVERSE, PROOF
Item Description: 1C 1995 S
Full Grade: NGC PF 69 RDU
Owner: BillJones

Set Details

Custom Sets: This coin is not in any custom sets.
Competitive Sets: Bill Jones' Type Set   Score: 143
Bill Jones' 20th century Proof coins   Score: 143
Bill Jones' 20 th century Proof type set   Score: 143
Bill Jones' 20th century Mint Stat and Proof Type Set   Score: 143
Bill Jones' Basic Type set   Score: 143
Biill Jones Basic Type set with out gold   Score: 143
Bill Jones small cents   Score: 143
Research: NGC Coin Explorer NGC Coin Price Guide

Owner Comments:

In 1959 the “wheatears reverse” that had appeared on the Lincoln cent was replaced by a view of the Lincoln Memorial. Nineteen fifty-nine was the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent. Chief Mint Engraver, Frank Gasparro, created the Lincoln Memorial design. The coin is rather unusual in that it has depictions of the same person on both sides. A tiny rendition of the Lincoln Memorial stature appears between the two center columns on the reverse of the coin.

Unfortunately the tiny size of the cent and the need to mass produce the coin by the billions limited the mint’s ability to represent the great memorial in its best light. Some more cynical observers have characterized the design as a “trolley car.”

The example of the coin presented here is an example of the beauty achieved by the Ultra Cameo Proof format. Despite the limitations of the reverse the design, the sharp contrast between the devices and fields give this coin a striking appearance.

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