user_8191's Blog

11 Jun 2015

1950 Lincoln cent

| user_8191

I was recently going through about 1000 Wheat Cents to pass time and see if by chance I would find any varieties I could identify in my recently purchased copy of the Cherry Picker's Guide.

While I did find a couple of coins in the Cherry Picker's Guide (1928S large S, and a 1952D D/S). I also found a 1953 that appears to be strike doubling on the lower half of the 3, but what caught my attention was that out of the 1000 cents, I found 3 with obverse die cracks, all about 12 O'clock but all in slightly different locations and all were dated 1950.

Does anyone know if there was anything about the 1950 minting of the Lincoln cent that would contribute to three similar but different die cracks, while I didn't find any others in my examination of the coins?

Thanks for any help.



Level 5

Not aware of any help. Sorry!


Level 6

You found lots of good stuff!


Level 5

I checked "Looking Through Lincoln Cents" by Charles D. Daughtrey. The section on 1950 Philadelphia mint production points out that 1) this was the first year after WWII that proofs were made in Philadelphia, 2) production of cents was only 81% of Denver production and 3) late die state specimens are common. All three point to possible caused of a "continuing down swing in quality." All may be hints to the cause of what you found. And you seem to be luckier that I am at searching the rolls.


Level 6

Sorry, I can't help you. You sure had better luck than me. I've looked through several bags of 1000 wheaties to little or no avail. Most were in such bad shape they weren't worth much. Except those '55 DDO I never found. I imagine in the 50's they used those dies till they split into pieces. Good luck. I'll be watching for the correct answer.

me too.

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