Tuesday, April 26, 2011

First Memorial Cent, Denver Style

Do you have a wheat cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment

1959 was the first year the cent used Frank Gasparro's design. The Lincoln  Memorial reverse was made to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth.

In the broader sense it also brought the nation to the next level. The first official cents had Liberty (obverse) and wreaths (reverse) which are traditional designs for young nations, using Gods and symbols. After that the cent briefly used an eagle, more of an emblem of a young nation. Then the cent tried to bring the old and new by putting and Indian headdress on Liberty. 

By 1909 Lincoln was seen as a national hero and the old gods seemed inappropriate. The wreath was also altered using wheat stalks instead, another representation of our nations growth. By 1959 the decision to use a building showed how we are past primitive and past farming. Now we are industrial and old enough to have our own history.




Today we see all these odd things on all U.S. coins and even several design changes for the cent. This is like a renaissance times where art is exploding. Art and technology will probably lead to some spectacular coins in the next decade so do not expect to spend another half century staring at Lincoln Shied cents.

Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1959-D
Mintage: 1,279,760,000
Metal: 95% Copper, 5%Tin and Zinc
Value: $0.03 in VF-20


This one was must have sat in water because it got verdigris.

Do you have an older cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

20 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Anonymous said...

Question

Found a whole roll of 50 cent piece mostly from 1951, 1960, and other years, circulated

How valuable is this?

I need to divvy it up between me and sis

what do I look for and what should I keep?

Man said...

Found a whole roll of 50 cent piece mostly from 1951, 1960, and other years, circulated

Each coin is about $18.00.

1955 is the most valuable year but only by a few bucks extras.

What is more important is condition if the are uncirculated or high grade it is worth more, but all are very common.

Anonymous said...

I have 2 1990 pennies on has a mint stamp and the other doesn't, it this something rare? Also how can I tell if I have a 1974 aluminum penny, I read somewhere that some were made?

Man said...

2 1990 pennies on has a mint stamp and the other doesn't, it this something rare?
--Not rare, sounds normal no extra value.

Also how can I tell if I have a 1974 aluminum penny, I read somewhere that some were made?
--Yes but none were released to the public.
These are illegal to own. The only way to tell if yours is real is to have it verified but no company will certify these because of legal issues.
Weighing may help but too many fakes exist.

Anonymous said...

I found a 1934 D about 6 inches deep at a park. It is in AG-3 condition. Value?

Man said...

1934 D about 6 inches deep at a park. It is in AG-3 condition.

About $0.10

Anonymous said...

2006 $20 star bill with D 251 in upper right corner, D1 in lower left
serial IG00068399

Man said...

2006 $20 star bill with D 251 in upper right corner, D1 in lower left
serial IG00068399


About $25.00

Anonymous said...

i have found $20 star notes shed of 4: A1 GA OO298996* GM NEW

Man said...

$20 star notes shed of 4: A1 GA OO298996* GM NEW

About $125.00

Anonymous said...

20 dollar bill with star serial number JF 02788901 JF 01809934 BD 01404600

Man said...

20 dollar bill with star serial number JF 02788901 JF 01809934 BD 01404600

About $22.00 each

Anonymous said...

2 10 dollar bills with stars at the end serial number DJ00370870 and IB01668044 thanks

Man said...

10 dollar bills with stars at the end
DJ00370870 about $15.00
IB01668044 about $15.00

Anonymous said...

20 dollar bill with star note serial number EF05080667

Man said...

20 dollar bill with star note serial number EF05080667

About $22.00

Anonymous said...

20 dollar bill with star note serial number jb00304160

Man said...

20 dollar bill with star note serial number jb00304160

About $22.00

amanda said...

2001 $20 star note ser# CL 01572399* any value?!

Man said...

2001 $20 star note ser# CL 01572399*

About $22.00