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17 Sep 2021

Bicentennial Coins, 1976, 2004, 2005 and 2009

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Occasionally, on the street or in your change, you might find a bicentennial coin. In this article, I will talk about bicentennial coins in the years 1976, 2004, 2005 and 2009. 1st. 1975 and 1976 In 1975 and 1976, the Mint issued a bicentennial quarter, half dollar and dollar coin. On the quarter, instead of Independence Hall, the Mint put a drummer boy on the reverse, pictured as a Revolutionary War soldier. Another name for this coin is the Drummer Boy quarter. For the half dollar and dollar coin, Seth Huntington designed the reverse off a sketch! For more information on Independence Hall, read my previous article Historic places on the reverse of coins in America. The Kennedy half dollar and Eisenhower dollar have , in my opinion, a more detailed reverse because both of these coins are bigger coins than the quarter. 2nd.2004 and 2005 In 2004 and 2005, the U.S Mint created four bicentennial nickels for the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition and since it was Jefferson's idea and it was in his presidency, these reversesare put on the coin that has honored Jefferson, the nickel. The 2004 versions show an adapted version of a Peace Medal given to the Indians on their way to Oregon in the Lewis and Clark expedition , and a Keelboat that is in the design of a similar boat Lewis and Clark used while traveling on the rivers on their trail. In 2005, an American Bison was shown because they were amazed by this creature and on the nickel then the last nickel says Clark's famous words, "Ocean in View! O! The Joy!" when the travelers saw that their journey was about to come to an end to get to the Pacific,and then the had the long journey to Missouri. 3rd.2009In 2009, the Mint decided to create 4 new reverses to celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday. They show a log cabin, young Lincoln reading, Illinois's State Capitol and the U.S Capitol dome being constructed. These reverses replaced Frank Gasparro's version of the Lincoln Memorial, celebrating Lincoln's 150th birthday, which had replaced the Wheat Ears reverse that celebrated Lincoln's 100th birthday. These honor his 200th birthday , and each reverse shows a time in his life. The log cabin for his childhood, Young Abe reading when he is a young man, the State Capitol of Illinois for his professional career and the State Capitol dome being constructed in Lincoln's inauguration. If you liked this article, be sure to comment so I can see who appreciates my articles!Sources: The Red Book by R.S Yeoman, Coins and Paper Money by Allen G. Berman , Coin Collecting for Dummies:A Reference for the Rest of Us! By Ron Guth , Google Search.

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17 Aug 2021

The Steel Penny

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Many collectors start their collections by obtaining a steel penny. (It is also one of few vintage coins very widely collected).Steel pennies are steel because they were minted in the middle of World War 2, which in that time they needed the nickel from the Jefferson nickels and the copper of which the pennies were made out of. They were minted in Philadelphia,(Pennsylvania) San Francisco (California) and Denver(Colorado). The steel pennies have many names, such as steel war penny and steelie. At coin stores, they are usually priced from 10 to 50 cents. The coins are about 99 percent steel with a small amount of zinc, which is also in our present pennies. ERRORS There are also some error steel pennies that were made in 1944 which are very rare and very expensive. The average price for a 1944 steel penny is in the range of 75,000 dollars to 110,000 but prices will vary depending on the condition and the vendor.Not only has there been errors for the 1944 penny but also for the 1943 penny. Some have a mark S (San Francisco) but also a D (Denver)! Another error coin that is a 1943 copper penny is on that was minted with the obverse of a Lincoln cent but also a 1943 Cuban penny which both images could be seen and sold for $38,187.50 in November 2013.The last error I will mention is a 1943 steel penny that has a die crack next to the left ear of wheat. It was found in a collectors Wheat Penny roll which did not list the price but pretty cool and scarce. These are also, like any error coin they are very rare and expensive. There has never been a official record marking any creation of copper 1943 penny which was accidentally placed on a copper planchet. FUN FACTS 1. More than 1 billion 1943 steel pennies meaning that they are not rare. 2. A steel penny weighs 2.70 grams, .51 less than a copper penny. 3. Steel pennies will stick to a magnet. If not then it is a possible error Wheat Penny. 4.Not only are 1943 copper cents rare, so are tin 1943 cents! Either it was an error or was intentionally struck in late 1942. 5. Bob R. Simpson , Co-chairman of the Texas Rangers baseball team, paid 1 million dollars for the most fine 1943 s Wheat Penny in known circulation , which was struck on a copper planchet in 1943. 6.The diameter of the Wheat Penny is 19.05 millimeters and the thickness 1.55 millimeters. The edge is plain and the designer is Victor D. Brenner whose design lasted from 1909 to 1958 and the reverse is Wheat heads in memoria and the observe is Abraham Lincoln.

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