Tuesday, May 27, 2014

1959 Lincoln Memorial Cent

The first Lincoln Memorial reverse cent was issued in 1959 for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The design was done by Frank Gasparro who worked at the mint and was approved with the help of a special Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission.

At the time some people noted that the reverse looked like a trolley car but as trolleys became less popular those comparisons did not last long. The Lincoln Memorial national monument was dedicated in 1922 and has been a sacred place for almost a hundred years. It is also on the reverse of the five dollar bill and other coins throughout the years. It also has been in many movies because of the iconic sitting Lincoln at the center.

For a Lincoln Memorial cent to get a high grade all the steps and columns on the Memorial must but clear, sharp, and unmarked in any way. A thing most people do not realize is that Lincoln is featured twice on this cent, the tiny sitting Lincoln statue should be visible in the center of the reverse. After 50 years the Lincoln reverse was retired and new designs were issued. Lasting from 1959-2008 this is the cent that I grew up with and will always be my standard cent.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent  / United States
Year: 1959
Mintage: 609,715,000
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Value: $0.02 in EF-40

Do you have a 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.

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

Bill Holland said...

My name is Bill. I have a 1959 Lincoln Memorial Cent. That weighs 2.7 grams. It doesn't look like its made of sillver. And is worn down. You can still read the date and writting. Plus the see silhouette of linciln sitting inside the Lincoln memorial have you heard of this before. AND thank for reading this.

Man said...

1959 Lincoln Memorial Cent. That weighs 2.7 grams. It doesn't look like its made of sillver. And is worn down.

Just natural wear and damage, no extra value.

Bear Rivers said...

Hello again, I found a 1970 s that is doubled on the obv. Really wide spread the l in liberty is in the i the i in the b and so forth, thing is its very lightly stamped. It's there but hard to see I didnt see it till i looked through my loupe. It looks like it has light doubling on the rest of the obv but for sure the strong lightly stamped doubling is there on liberty. As always thanks for your time and wisdom.

Man said...

1970 s that is doubled on the obv. Really wide spread the l in liberty is in the i the i in the b and so forth, thing is its very lightly stamped. It's there but hard to see I didnt see it till i looked through my loupe. It looks like it has light doubling on the rest of the obv but for sure the strong lightly stamped doubling is there on liberty.

That would be the rare 1970-S Doubled Die it would go $200.00 in low grade. That said a lot of fakes exist. Try showing it to a local coin clubs.

Try this link for comparison...
http://www.coppercoins.com/lincoln/diestate.php?date=1970&die_id=1970s1do001&die_state=eds