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1926-S Lincoln Cent and 1935-S Boone Commem

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arrived today. :) Here are some thoughts:


In "A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents" QDB writes:


Key to Collecting: The low mintage, 4,550,000, has hallmarked this as a key issue ever since collectors began plucking coins from circulation in the 1930's. Examples remain scarce in circulated grades in comparison to higher mintage issues. As to certified MS65 RD coins, when David W. Lange wrote his book in 1995, there was just one-----count it-----just one. Now there are nearly two dozen certied. This is the rarity among pristine (undipped) Mint State Lincolns. Recently Sam Lukes, a Lincoln cent specialist for many years, stated that he has never seen a 1926-S that he would call MS65 RD.


Striking and Sharpness: Usually with indistinct areas: sub-par. Exceptions are rare. It seems likely that Full Details coins were struck on especially soft planchets, and toned very quickly. Weak strikes that have much of the original color were probably struck on harder planchets, which tended to tone slowly.


Notes: A small cache of 14 red and brown Uncirculated pieces was sold, against a Standard Catalog valuation of $25 Uncirculated, in several lot's in New Netherlands' 50th Sale, December 1957. They realized about $15 to $25 each. Some were described as weakly struck, but probably all were to some degree.

A well-known specialist in Lincoln cents, "S.B.," ;) a connoissseur and careful buyer, mentioned to me some years ago that he had never seen an MS65 cent with full original red, but he had had many red and brown ones offered to him, and took detailed notes on each. Lo and hehold! Some of those former red and brown coins somehow became "RD", were certified as such, and reoffered to him. These were easy to identify from small surface marks he had recorded earlier. Perhaps if "coin doctors" keep busy, MS65 RD 1926-S cents will become common!


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The 1926-S Lincoln cent is one of the toughest in the series. Very few high grade '26-S coins exist. PCGS has graded only a single MS65-RD and that coin sold years ago for more than $100,000. Only 16 MS65's have been graded in all colors.


The pictures below were taken under natural light. The coin has an even, natural chocolate brown color with no toning. Very few carbon spots can be seen, and only under magnification. The obverse has a medium-solid strike with few flaws. The reverse is soft due to the use of a worn die. Some very interesting bulging can be seen and the motto is weak. The worn die is also responsible for a loss of detail on the wheat straw and relief in the letter "F" in "OF".



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Boone Commem

It wasn’t too many years ago that Daniel Boone was one of the best known figures in American history. This was due in no small part to a popular television series about his adventures that featured Fess Parker in the title role. Today, Boone is probably less well known than most professional athletes. This is a sad commentary on current American values, for Daniel Boone was indeed an important figure whose actions truly lived up to his legend. That he should appear on a United States commemorative half dollar seems entirely justified.


Of English Quaker heritage, Boone was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1734. Just as young Daniel was approaching adulthood, his family relocated to the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina. Married to Rebecca Bryant in 1756, he proved an indifferent farmer but a talented hunter, trapper and general frontiersman. Service during the French and Indian War on behalf of what were then still British colonies was followed by exploration of Florida in 1763, a prize newly acquired from Spain. This region proved disagreeable to Mrs. Boone, and Daniel commenced his explorations of Kentucky during the years 1769-71. At that time, Kentucky was as little known to Americans as the continent of Africa, yet the land held a certain appeal for the young couple. Boone’s attempt to establish a colony there in 1773 was foiled by hostile Indians. He persevered and two years later led 30 armed men in the slicing of a trail from Tennessee through the wilderness to a site on the Kentucky River they proclaimed boonesboro. His forging of the Wilderness Trail soon prompted other settlers to follow.


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Superb surfaces are lightly blanketed with a pleasing gold patina and a rich colorful rainbow crescent in the obverse periphery. The reverse has a light pastel blue peeking though the peripheral lettering, blending toward golden centers. Once part of the JFS and then the Jewell collections, this coin has been a representative example in two of the finest known classic commemorative collections. A great Registry piece with PCGS grading one coin finer.




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Hi Lee. I'm glad you like the Lincoln I sold you. I was lucky to find a 64RB but not lucky enough to be able to afford both. Shoot, I'll have to learn how to post pix to show you the new '26-S.


Nice write up and stories, great photos, wonderful coins!



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Appreciate everyones kind word's on these two!! :) Both are long term holds for me. Thanks again Lance!! (thumbs u

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