Lincoln Cent Fine 1912-S

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    The 1912-S Lincoln Cent is a notable piece in the panorama of American numismatics, representing an era of substantial change and development in the United States. This coin not only serves as a medium of commerce but also as a significant historical artifact, reflecting the early 20th century's economic and cultural context. Introduced in 1909, the Lincoln Cent marked a revolutionary shift in U.S. coinage. For the first time, a coin featured the portrait of a historical figure, President Abraham Lincoln, moving away from the traditional allegorical representations. Victor David Brenner, an accomplished sculptor, was responsible for this iconic design. The coin was created to commemorate the centennial of Lincoln's birth, symbolizing the nation's respect and admiration for the 16th President.

    The obverse of the Lincoln Cent displays a precise and dignified portrait of Lincoln, accompanied by the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “LIBERTY,” and the year of minting. This design choice was a significant tribute to Lincoln's enduring legacy and reflected the nation's reverence for him. The reverse of the Lincoln Cent, up until 1958, featured the 'Wheat Ears' design, consisting of two wheat stalks encircling the inscriptions “ONE CENT,” “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and the Latin motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” This design symbolized the agricultural prosperity of the United States, connecting the coin to the country's identity and strength.

    The 1912-S Lincoln Cent, specifically minted at the San Francisco Mint, as indicated by the 'S' mint mark, holds a special place within this series. The San Francisco Mint, established during the California Gold Rush to serve the West's burgeoning needs, was renowned for producing coins of exceptional quality. The 1912-S issue emerged in an era characterized by significant economic growth and societal transformation, just before the tumult of World War I. The mintage of the 1912-S Lincoln Cent was modest compared to other mints and years, making this issue one of the more challenging to find, particularly in higher grades like Fine. The relatively lower mintage numbers, combined with extensive circulation, contribute to the rarity and appeal of the 1912-S in better conditions.

    In Fine condition, the 1912-S Lincoln Cent exhibits notable wear, consistent with a coin that has been in circulation. On the obverse, Lincoln’s portrait, while worn, maintains its overall integrity. The finer details of his hair and facial features are softened, yet the overall outline and major features remain discernible. The inscriptions, including the mint mark, are still legible, despite showing signs of wear. On the reverse, the wheat ears design is visible but demonstrates signs of flattening and wear, typical of the Fine grade. The individual grains and stalks are less defined, yet the overall design and inscriptions remain clear. This level of preservation, considering the coin's age and journey through history, is impressive.

    The 1912-S Lincoln Cent is more than a mere collectible; it is a piece of Americana. It embodies a significant era in U.S. coinage history, showcasing the legacy of the San Francisco Mint and the enduring popularity of the Lincoln Cent series. Its state of preservation and relative scarcity make it a sought-after item for collectors, valued for both its historical significance and its numismatic worth. As a tangible link to an era of transformation in American history and coinage, this coin is a must-have for anyone passionate about U.S. history and numismatics, offering a unique window into the narrative of early 20th-century America.

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    • Year: 1912
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