Lincoln Cent Fine 1916-S

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    The 1916-S Lincoln Cent is a numismatic gem, rich in history and a testament to the craftsmanship of early 20th-century American coinage. This coin, emerging from an era of great change and innovation, holds a special place in the annals of U.S. numismatics. Introduced in 1909 to commemorate the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the Lincoln Cent marked a significant shift in American coin design. For the first time, a U.S. coin featured the portrait of an actual person, moving away from the traditional allegorical figures.

    The Lincoln Cent was designed by Victor David Brenner, who meticulously crafted the iconic profile of President Lincoln that graces the obverse. This design symbolizes Lincoln's enduring legacy of unity and integrity. Surrounding the portrait are the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “LIBERTY,” and the year of minting. This choice of design was not only a tribute to Lincoln but also reflected the nation's admiration for the 16th President. The reverse of the Lincoln Cent, up until 1958, bore the 'Wheat Ears' design, featuring two wheat stalks encircling the words “ONE CENT” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” along with the motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” This design signified America's agricultural heritage and prosperity, resonating with the country's identity and strength.

    The 1916-S Lincoln Cent, minted at the San Francisco Mint (as indicated by the 'S' mint mark), is a significant piece within this series. The San Francisco Mint, established in response to the California Gold Rush, played a vital role in the nation's coinage history, particularly known for producing coins of exceptional quality. The 1916-S issue came in the aftermath of World War I, a period marked by economic growth and societal change. The mintage of the 1916-S Lincoln Cent was robust, reflecting the era's economic demands.

    The 1916-S Lincoln Cent in Fine condition is a notable piece for any collector, reflecting over a century of history. In this grade, the coin shows moderate wear consistent with its age. Abraham Lincoln's iconic profile on the obverse retains its overall integrity, with some softening in the finer details, particularly in the hair and facial areas. The inscriptions, including the year, remain clear but are slightly worn. On the reverse, the wheat ears design, symbolic of American agriculture, is still distinguishable, though the individual grains and stalks show signs of flattening.

    The 1916-S Lincoln Cent is not just a collectible; it is a piece of Americana. It represents a pivotal era in U.S. numismatic history, highlighting the San Francisco Mint's role in the Lincoln Cent series. Its excellent state of preservation and relative rarity make it a highly sought-after item, cherished for both its historical significance and its numismatic value. As a tangible link to a transformative period in American history, this coin is a must-have for anyone passionate about U.S. history, coinage, and the unfolding story of a nation.

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    • Denomination: N/A
    • Year: 1916
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