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17 Dec 2020

1909 Cent Pieces

Coins-United States | user_93866

Hi everyone! This is my second blog post this week and I am going to talk about the production of one cent pieces in 1909. In the year 1909 the United States mint produced Indian Head Cents and the first year of Lincoln Cents. President Teddy Roosevelt decided that after fifty years of the same coin designs that they needed to change. He had Augustus Saint-Gaudens design the new gold pieces but he passed away before the new cent could be designed. As a result Victor David Brenner designed the new Lincoln Head Wheat Cent. As the cents were released into circulation in 1909 a lot of people noticed the designer's initials at the bottom of the coin V.D.B. Many people felt it was too much and that he did not deserve to put his initials at the bottom because he already got payment for designing the coin. The people felt like they were too bold and very noticeable. Within days the initials of Victor David Brenner were removed creating a rare collectors cent. The initials were not completely removed, if you look at today’s cents his initials are at the bottom of Lincoln sleeve and are not nearly as noticeable as in 1909. The VDB cents minted at the San Francisco mint are very desirable because they only minted a few hundred thousand of the VDB cents at that mint in 1909. The Indian Head Cent was minted for the first part of 1909 ending it’s fifty year long production form when the first one was minted in 1859. The Indian Head Cent took the place of the Flying Eagle Cent which was the first small cent ever produced in the United States. The Flying Eagle Cent was only struck for four years. The Lincoln Head Wheat Cent started it’s production in 1909 and finished the reverse of it switched design in 1959 to the memorial. After 1909 Victor David Brenner's initials were never put on the reverse of the cent again. Today, both the Indian Head cent and Wheat Cent if minted at the San Francisco mint in 1909 are very rare and collectible. I hope that I could find a 1909 Wheat Cent in circulation but that does not seem very possible. You never know what you might find in pocket change so I am going to keep looking. Thanks so much for reading this blog post!

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15 Dec 2020

1950 D Jefferson Nickel

Coins-United States | user_93866

Hi everyone! About a week ago I found a 1950 D nickel in a two dollar nickel coin roll. As I looked at each date in the roll this one did not stand out and looked as if it was minted in 1995 ( I am so glad I check every date). At the time I found it I had just started filling a nickel album and was only looking for a week. I was really surprised to find one so soon when I thought it would take years. I have always known that a 1950 D Nickel was collectable but I never really did much research so I went online and saw why it was so collectible. The mint only made two and a half million 1950 D nickels compared to 36 million of 1949 D nickels. Coin collectors at that time knew that the new nickel had a very low mintage and it was worth saving for the future. Since they were saved early on many were kept in Mint State condition. It is very common that these nickels are graded up to MS 66 but MS 67 is very rare, PCGS has only graded one 1950 D nickel at MS 67 or higher. The nickel I found was not a mint state but it was pretty high with a grade of AU 56. One reason the mintage was so low was because of the post war recession that was still taking place in 1950. Another reason the mintage was so low is because of years before. In 1949 and 1948 the mint minted enough coins that not as many were needed in 1950. The 1950 No Mintmark coin also had a low mintage but not as rare as the Denver one of that year. I never thought that I would find the rarest date Jefferson nickel after a little bit of looking but I did. I really enjoy collecting Nickels because it is possible to find Buffalo Nickels, Silver War Nickels and rare dates like 1950 D by looking through a $2 coin roll. This coin was a great addition to my collection and is the best find I have found in circulation. Along with finding this nickel I also found two Silver War nickels in the same group of nickels. I am excited to keep searching for nickels to add to my collection. Thanks so much for Reading!https://jeffersonnickel.org/jefferson-nickel-mintage/

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