First of course is a classic 1909 VDB which nearly every collector has at least one superior
example of. This is ours:
The Lincoln Cent was the first regular business strike that was the result of Teddy Roosevelt's reworking of American Coinage which began with the Double Eagle. The original idea for the cent wasn't Lincoln but the Indian Design that finally ended up on the $10 single gold eagle. But with the advent of the 100th anniversity of the Republican Lincoln's Birthday coming, politics overrules for the current Republican President and for the first time a living person was instituted on a US coin with the Lincoln Cent, a precident I'm not particulary happy with as today we can't get the dead Presidents off our coinage and US coin design is now stifled.
In 1958 the reverse was change to the Lincoln Meorial. Since 1982 most of the Copper has been removed from US coinage, and today we essentially have a zinc cent with a copper plate. The Design has also been upgraded and made more crisp. Here is an nice example of a 1995 which I lifted out of circulation:
This is a nice bright 1934. You have to wonder how these coins stay copper bright after decades.
The Safir Family Internet Coins Library.Click to see these examples show below including photography: note to lawyer: most of the good stuff is gone
Go To Section II: Modern and Ancient Foreign Coins from Outside The United States
Go To Section III: Mandy's 25th Anniversary World Wildlife Fund Silver Coins
The Safir Family Internet Coins Library: Foriegn Coins.Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins. Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.
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