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Question for David Lange

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I'm not sure if it's best to do it this way, but I couldn't find any contact information for David Lange.


In the March 2004 USA Coin Album, you talk about two new master hubs being created in 1974 for the Lincoln cents, which you called "Large Date" and "Small Date", for the three different issues (plain, D, and S).


Would you be able to give an estimate of how many coins in circulation were minted with the first hub, called "Large Date"? More specifically, how many were minted with the first hub for each of the three different mint marks?


How do these numbers compare to how many Lincoln cents were minted in 1974?



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The Mint published no records on how many of each hub type were coined. In fact, the Director's Reports make no reference to hub changes at all.


Just based on casual observation, there does not seem to be a great deal of difference in rarity for any of the three mints. The SD 1974-S is the only variety with any claim to relative scarcity, but I didn't have too much trouble finding all six combinations.


The fact that none of the six can be promoted as "rare" will likely dissuade dealers from attempting to make a market in these coins. They are purely for the specialist, and I don't expect grading services to acknowledge the distinctions anytime soon.

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