Guide Book of Lincoln 3rd Edition

Guide Book of Lincoln 3rd Edition

by David Bowers


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Generations of coin collectors have grown up with the ever popular Lincoln cent. Now, Q. David Bowers provides a detailed study of this great American classic, from its birth in 1909 through changes in alloys and designs up to the modern day. "Lincoln cents are among the most fascinating coins in the entire American series," writes Bowers. "Believe it or not. they also offer some of the greatest challenges." In this single volume you'll learn the history of the Lincoln cent's seven reverse designs, take an inside tour of the minting process, and learn how to grade your coins, including Proofs. Bowers shares tips on how to become a smarter buyer and build a great collection. This updated and revised third edition includes a thorough market analysis for each date and mintmark, hundreds of photographs, and insight on error coins, patterns, alternative Bicentennial designs, related tokens and medals, and more. New appendices explore the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee's review of the 2010 Shield design, a snapshot of the Lincoln cent market in 1946, and how to get a new die variety listed in hobby publications. Read and enjoy, as you gain a better appreciation of America's most popular cent!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780794846343
Publisher: Whitman Publishing
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 432,803
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword David W. Lange iv

Author's Preface vi

Publisher's Preface ix

Chapter 1 Prelude to the Lincoln Cent 1

Chapter 2 History of the Wheat Ears Reverse Cent, 1909-1958 9

Chapter 3 History of the Memorial Reverse Cent, 1959-2008 39

Chapter 4 History of the Bicentennial Reverse Cent, 2009 48

Chapter 5 History of the Shield Reverse Cent, 2010 to Date 51

Chapter 6 Mints and the Minting Process 54

Chapter 7 Proof Lincoln Cents, 1909 to Date 66

Chapter 8 Grading Lincoln Cents 85

Chapter 9 How to Be a Smart Buyer 99

Chapter 10 Ways to Collect Lincoln Cents 118

Chapter 11 Analysis and Market Guide to Lincoln Cents 125

Appendix A Lincoln Cent Mint Errors Fred Weinberg 288

Appendix B Pattern Cents 290

Appendix C Alternative Bicentennial Designs 291

Appendix D The CCAC and Proposed 2010 "Union" Designs 293

Appendix E A Snapshot of the Lincoln Cent Market in 1946 298

Appendix F How to Get a New Lincoln Cent Die Variety Listed In The Red Book 300

Appendix G Lincoln Tokens and Medals Fred Reed 303

Notes 305

Selected Bibliography 306

About the Author 307

Credits and Acknowledgments 308

Index 309

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