My Dansco 7070 (U.S. Type Set) Album

Classic Coin Designs

Miscellaneous

These are coins which are not currently in my Dansco Album but which I still find interesting and want to share.

[See my Slabbed Coins page for additional miscellaneous coins.]

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1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent

The 1909 S VDB Lincoln Cent is generally considered to be the "Holy Grail" of Lincoln Cents and is usually the first "rare and valuable" coin people hear about when first being introduced to the world of coin collecting. The designer of the new Lincoln Cent, Victor David Brenner, included his initials "V.D.B." on the reverse of the coin and 20,000,000 coins were minted at the Philadelphia mint before the decision was made to remove the initials. Only 484,000 were released for circulation by the San Francisco mint, however, which makes it the rarest Lincoln cent ever produced.

1914-D Lincoln Cent

Although not nearly as famous as the 1909-S VDB, the 1914-D Lincoln Cent only had a mintage of 1,193,000 coins and is therefore considered a secondary key date of the series. As the coin presses in Denver shut down production of the one cent coin in 1914, no one regarded the 1914-D as a rarity. Consequently, most of the 1.2 million mintage entered circulation, where they acquired heavy wear or became lost forever.

1922 (Plain) Lincoln Cent

In 1922, only the Denver Mint was responsible for producing Lincoln Cents. Four different die pairs were used to mint the 1922-D Lincoln Cents, due to the Denver Mint running out of usable dies with thousands of cents needing to be struck to fill their quota. One of the die pairs (Die Pair #2) clashed together, resulting in damage to both the obverse and reverse die. The reverse die was so badly damaged that it was replaced with a newer, less worn die. The obverse die, however, was reworked by a mint employee who erased all traces of the D mintmark while repairing and polishing the die. The result is a worn obverse die with no trace of a mintmark and a strong reverse die.

No mintage figures are available for the 1922 (plain) Lincoln Cent, but they are scarce enough to actually be worth more than the more famous 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent to most collectors.


1897-0 Liberty Head ("Barber") Half Dollar

The Liberty Head Half Dollar, featuring a design by Charles E. Barber, was minted from 1892 until 1915 at the New Orleans (O), San Francisco (S), Philadelphia (P) and Denver (Mints). Most years saw production runs in the millions at each mint, but the production run of 1897 at the New Orleans mint was one of the lowest at only 632,000. As a result, the 1897-O Barber Half Dollar is worth significantly more than most other examples, even in poor condition. Note that the Barber Half Dollar, like all Barber coinage, saw very heavy and long term use in daily commerce and, consequentially, most surviving examples are heavily worn.

Silver American Eagle 25th Anniversary Set (2011)
The United States Mint began issuing the Silver American Eagle in 1986. For the 25th anniversary of this annually released coin, the mint released a special collector's set in a blue laquered hardwood box. The set consisted of the following five coins:
  • American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coin – mint mark: “W” (West Point)
  • American Eagle Silver Proof Coin – mint mark: “W” (West Point)
  • American Eagle Silver Reverse Proof Coin – mint mark: “P” (Philadelphia)*
  • American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin – no mint mark
  • American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coin – mint mark: “S” (San Francisco)*
Only 100,000 of these sets were created. They went on sale at noon on October 27, 2011, and sold out within 4 1/2 hours. Many of the sets have been broken up to be graded and slabbed, but I feel this takes away from the beauty of the set when seen in its original goverment packaging.

* Only available as part of the anniversary set


2012 American Eagle San Francisco Two-Coin Silver Proof Set
Proof Reverse Proof
Originally billed as a special set of American Silver Eagles commemorating the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco mint, this set ended up being sold as a specially packaged set of American Silver Eagles minted at the San Francisco mint. What makes this set so nice, though (apart from the nifty packaging) is that (a) these are the first proof American Silver Eagles to bear the "S" mint mark and (b) the set includes both a regular proof and a reverse proof.

This set comes in the same, albeit smaller, blue laquered hardwood box that the 25th anniversary set came in. Mintage was "to demand" for a month, and the total number of sets minted ended up being 224,981.


2013 American Eagle West Point Two-Coin Silver Set
Reverse Proof Enhanced Uncirculated
This set includes one American Eagle Silver Reverse Proof Coin and one "Enhanced" American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coin (the first one ever produced) minted at the United States Mint at West Point. On the obverse of the "Enhanced" uncirculated coin, the mountains, the red stripes and blue parts of the United States flag, the year, and Liberty’s sandals have an uncirculated finish. The remaining elements and lettering on the obverse have the heavy frosted finish. On the reverse of the coin, the ribbon in the eagle’s beak, the arrows and olive branch, the alternating stripes in the shield and the border around the shield have an uncirculated finish. The lettering and other design elements on the reverse have the heavy frosted finish. The fields on both sides of the coin have the light frosted finish. All these enhancements – unique to the American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coin in this set – add sharp definition to the designs.

The set came in the same blue laquered hardwood box as the 2012 American Eagle San Francisco Two-Coin Silver Proof Set. Mintage was "to demand" for a month, and the total number of sets minted ended up being 235,689.


2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Gold Proof
The Kennedy Half Dollar was first introduced in 1964 and has been continuously minted since that time (although in recent years they have only been made available as part of mint sets and in rolls intended for collectors and not for circulation). To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this iconic coin, the Mint produced several special versions of the Kennedy Half Dollar in 2014. The most impressive (and desirable) version is this 24K solid gold proof version, minted at the West Point Mint, that contains .75 troy ounces of gold and was sold in a special hardwould display box.

Aside from the fact that this is the first half dollar ever struck in gold, another unique feature is that it bears the dates 1964-2014 instead of just the standard date. Also, the image used on the obverse of the coin is the original portait of John F. Kennedy that was used for the 1964 mintage instead of the slightly softened version that was used for later years.

The 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Gold Proof was minted to demand, and more than 60,000 were sold on the first day of issue. The total amount actually minted remains to be seen, but it will likely be less than 100,000.


2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins
Hot Springs (AR) Yellowstone (WY) Yosemite (CA) Grand Canyon (AZ) Mount Hood (OR)

Obverse
The America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 — Public Law 110-456 — authorized the production of five-ounce, .999 fine silver bullion coins replicating each of the designs featured on the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters®. The bullion coins are three inches in diameter and have a face value of 25 cents. These are the first five-ounce, three-inch, .999 fine silver bullion coins ever produced by the United States Mint. The fineness and weight are edge-incused on the coins.

These unique silver bullion coins feature reverse designs depicting national parks and other national sites in each state, District of Columbia and five U.S. territories — Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands. The coins will be issued in the order in which the featured site was first established as a national park or site and honor some of our Nation's most treasured national parks and sites — majestic places that truly make us "America the Beautiful."

United States Mint America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins are investment-grade silver bullion coins. Their weight, content and purity are guaranteed by the U.S. government. They are also legal tender. Their quarter-dollar face value is symbolic, however, since silver's market price has historically been much higher.

The following five America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins were minted for 2010, the first year of the program, with a mintage limited to only 33,000 for each coin:

  • Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas)
  • Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
  • Yosemite National Park (California)
  • Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
  • Mount Hood National Park (Oregon)

2011 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Collector ("Uncirculated") Coins
Gettysburg (PA) Glacier (MT) Olympic (WA) Vicksburg (MI) Chickasaw (OK)

Obverse
The collector ("numismatic" or "uncirculated") versions of the bullion coin are produced as brilliant uncirculated coins with a special post-strike "vapor blast" finish which distinguishes their appearance from the raw bullion coins. They have the "P" mint mark for the United States Mint at Philadelphia, PA. Each coin is accompanied by a presentation case and Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Director of the United States Mint, and is produced in limited quantities.

The following five America the Beautiful Silver "Collector" Coins were minted for 2011, with a mintage limited to only 35,000 for each coin:

  • Gettysburg National Park (Pennsylvania)
  • Glacier National Park (Montana)
  • Olympic National Park (Washington)
  • Vicksburg National Park (Mississippi)
  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area (Oklahoma)

2012 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins
El Yunque (PR) Chaco Culture (NM) Acadia (ME) Hawai’i Volcanoes (HI) Denali (AK)

Obverse
The following five America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins were minted for 2012 and were minted "to demand" as opposed to having a set mintage for each coin:

  • El Yunque National Forest (Puerto Rico) [24,000 minted]
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico) [24,400 minted]
  • Acadia National Park (Maine) [25,400 minted]
  • Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii) [20,000 minted]
  • Denali National Park and Preserve (Alaska) [20,000 minted]

2013 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins
White Mountain (NH) Perry's Victory (OH) Great Basin (NV) Fort McHenry (MD) Mount Rushmore (SD)

Obverse
The following five America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins were minted for 2013 and were minted "to demand" as opposed to having a set mintage for each coin:

  • White Mountain National Park (New Hampshire) [35,000 minted]
  • Perry's Victory and Peace Park (Ohio) [27,100 minted]
  • Great Basin National Park (Nevada) [28,600 minted]
  • Fort McHenry National Park (Maryland) [30,000 minted]
  • Mount Rushmore National Park (South Dakota) [35,000 minted]

2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins
Great Smoky Mountains (TN) Shenandoah (VA) Arches (UT) Great Sand Dunes (CO) Everglades (FL)

Obverse
The following five America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins were minted for 2014 and were minted "to demand" as opposed to having a set mintage for each coin:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee)
  • Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
  • Arches National Park (Utah)
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)
  • Everglades National Park (Florida)

2012 $50 American Gold Eagle (Proof)

The American Eagle Gold Proof Coins are collector versions of the official United States Mint American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins and are available (in limited mintages) in four weights – one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, one-tenth ounce (as well as a four-coin set which contains one coin in each weight). Each is minted of 22K gold, and the gross weight of 1.0909 troy ounces for the $50 coin means that it contains one solid troy ounce of pure gold.

The obverse features the version of Liberty that was designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and which first appeared on the United States $20 (or "double eagle) gold piece in 1907.

The reverse design features a male eagle carrying an olive branch flying above a nest containing a female eagle and her hatchlings.


2012 $100 American Platinum Eagle

American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins contains 99.95 percent pure platinum and are only available (in limited mintages) in the one ounce size.

The obverse features Lady Liberty, symbolizing vigilance and faithfulness to duty.

The reverse design is emblematic of the principle “To Provide for the Common Defence” (the fourth of six principles of American democracy found in the Preamble to the United States Constitution). A vigilant minuteman from the Revolutionary War represents the protection and defense of the country during its early days. The minuteman carries a rifle and a book, which symbolizes the importance of knowledge in defending our Nation. The reverse also features an American Eagle privy mark from an original “coin punch” identified at the United States Mint at Philadelphia. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 oz., .9995 PLATINUM and $100.

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