Lincoln Cent Extra Fine 1917

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    The 1917 Lincoln Cent is a numismatic marvel, steeped in history and a symbol of American coinage's rich legacy. This coin, emanating from the early 20th century, is not just a piece of currency, but a fragment of American history, capturing a period of transformation and progress. Introduced in 1909, the Lincoln Cent was a groundbreaking addition to American numismatics. It was among the first U.S. coins to feature the portrait of a historical figure, President Abraham Lincoln, marking a departure from the traditional use of allegorical figures. The inclusion of Lincoln, designed by Victor David Brenner, was in honor of the centennial of his birth.

    The obverse of the coin proudly displays a detailed and dignified portrait of Lincoln, symbolizing honesty and integrity. Surrounding this portrait are the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “LIBERTY,” and the year of minting, in this case, 1917. The reverse of the coin, up until 1958, showcased the 'Wheat Ears' design, featuring two wheat stalks encircling the words “ONE CENT,” “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and the Latin motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” This design, emblematic of America's agricultural heritage, was reflective of the country's prosperity and growth.

    The mintage, of the 1917 Lincoln Cent, was significant, as pennies were an essential part of the currency in circulation during this period. However, finding these coins in Almost Uncirculated condition today is a rare occurrence. Coins from this era were frequently used in daily transactions, resulting in extensive wear and tear. The 1917 Lincoln Cent represents a remarkable state of preservation, indicating it has seen very limited circulation.

    In the Extra Fine grade, the coin displays only minimal signs of wear, primarily on the highest relief areas. Abraham Lincoln's iconic profile on the obverse retains much of its original detail, with the hairlines, facial features, and the famous beard still sharply defined. The inscriptions, including the year and mint mark, are crisp and clear. On the reverse, the wheat ears design is well-preserved, with the individual grains and stalks visible, and the central inscriptions remain bold and legible. This coin's condition is a testament to its historical significance and enduring appeal.

    For collectors and history enthusiasts, the 1917 Lincoln Cent is not just a collectible item; it is a piece of Americana. It offers a window into the early 20th century, encapsulating the economic, social, and political narratives of the time. Its excellent state of preservation makes it a sought-after item, cherished for both its historical significance and its rarity. As a tangible link to a pivotal era in American coinage, this coin is a must-have for anyone passionate about U.S. history and numismatics. It stands as a testament to the Mint’s craftsmanship and the nation’s journey through a significant period of its history.

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    • Year: 1917
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