2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War I, one of the happiest and proudest moments in U.S. history. Spring of that year brought V-E Day, when the Allies formally accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany bringing an end to the war in Europe. By summer’s end, V-J Day arrived, which saw Japan’s surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay touch off massive celebrations across the world when the news circulated that the war was finally over.
The newspapers of the day printed banner headlines that screamed of the war’s end. And, reaching into one’s pockets to buy one of those historic newspapers, one would probably have grabbed a handful of these 1945 Lincoln Cents freshly struck by the Philadelphia Mint.
Now you, too, can grab a handful of those fantastic wartime pennies in a condition so nice you’ll almost think you stepped back in time to that jubilant day. That’s because each Lincoln Cent available in this offer has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in impressive Gem Uncirculated Mint State-66 (MS66) condition. Additionally, NGC has certified these coins as Red (RD) copper pennies, a designation that really locks down their status as high-grade coins.
A Red designation is applied only to high-grade copper pennies that retain at least 95 percent of their original red color on their surfaces. When copper coins are first struck, they have a brilliant reddish-orange color. Over time that red color will begin to turn brown. The color of vintage pennies and other copper coins is graded on a continuous scale of Red (RD), Red Brown RB) and Brown (BN).
Only 285 of these Lincoln Pennies have graded higher by NGC. They’re a real find, and an important year for your collection. Order yours today!