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1911-S 1 Cent Lincoln VF
More Than A Century of History in A Single CentThe Lincoln Wheat Cent series was first minted in 1909, and extended through 1958, making the series one of the longest lived and most beloved of all U.S. coin series. While in some years the mintage numbers for the Wheat Cent topped 41 million, in 1911 only a little over four million coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint. The rarity of that year's coin makes this Wheat Cent a natural addition to any serious collection . . . and so is what the coin doesn't include - namely the initials of its designer.
Victor D. Brenner was a prominent sculptor, engraver, and medalist, chosen to craft the design for the Wheat Cent by President Theodore Roosevelt. The coin, which would start production during the 100th anniversary year of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, was destined to become a public favorite. Perhaps knowing this, Brenner at first wanted to place his full name on the coin, then later compromised and agreed only to include his initials. The fact that he included them prominently led to public outcry, and production quickly halted on the coins in 1909 until the initials could be removed. Those initials wouldn't return to the coin until 1918.
What is present on the obverse of your coin is the world-famous right-facing bust of Abraham Lincoln. Above him is inscribed "IN GOD WE TRUST" - and the Lincoln cent marks the first time that motto was used on the penny. Also inscribed on the coin is the date "1911" and the word "LIBERTY." The reverse of the Wheat Cent features the image for which the coin is named - two sheaves of wheat, one on either side of the inscriptions "ONE CENT," "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA." There are no designer initials on your coin, but the mint mark "S" is prominently present on the obverse, indicating that the coin was struck at the San Francisco Mint.
Gleaming with a distinctive coppery look due to its composition of copper-plated zinc, your 1911 Wheat Cent is in Very Fine (VF) Condition. This means you can expect it to have light to medium wear - perhaps to have jangled in the pocket of an American soldier just returned from the war, or hoarded during the years of the Great Depression. All major features are sharp, so this coin will be a welcome addition to your collection - particularly given its low mintage year of 1911. Contact GovMint.com today to secure this lasting piece of history!
|Year of Issue||1911|
|Mint Name||San Francisco - S, U.S. Mint|
|Coin Weight||3.11 Grams - g|