Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2017-P Shield Cent

A Philadelphia mint mark on a cent! What?

Surprise the United States Mint added the P on the cent for the first time ever to honor the 225th Anniversary, April, 2 1792-2017, of the mint and to honor the staff at Philadelphia Mint.

Obverse of 2017-P Shield Cent, Lincoln
Reverse of 2017-P Shield Cent

So who suggested this small but huge change? 
It was the mint employees themselves, that must be the coolest suggestion box in our government. The follow through was done by the mints officials without any laws. Why? Because a minor change like mint marks does not need any federal approval. Designs, compositions, and inscriptions do need approval so everything that is not under those rules is up to the mint officials.

More surprises are expected some will be by law but some may just pop up so keep up that change hunting. (Of course they have no extra value but it is a cool collectors item.)

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent  / United States
Year: 2017-P
Mintage: Not Yet Known
Metal: 97.5% Zinc, 2.5% Copper
Value: $0.01 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.

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