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Hi Bob,

Thank you for your comments, l actually have a bunch and I'm very new of doing this stuff, so im trying my best to research and get more ideas, coz none of my coins are certified yet, l just finished them sorting and im still trying to find more references on how to find the valuable coins, l have attached another pictures and might have a value for some of those, 

Thanks Bob!





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 Hi @Cresencio and welcome to the forums (belatedly)!  It looks like you're working on a nice set of circulating Lincoln cents there.  The Lincoln cent is definitely one of the more popular series for American collectors.  However, I agree with @Just Bob here and most in a circulated condition wouldn't be worth the cost of certification and you'd end up losing money trying to resale them.  

Lincoln cents are a good gateway into collecting more valuable coins as they're plentiful and full of varieties.  I used to enjoy getting a few boxes from the bank just to sort through on a rainy weekend and I'd highly recommend that for a new collector.  Don't expect to find much additional value but training your eye to see differences in circulation wear is invaluable.  You can pull out anything pre-1982 and bulk those up to sell for the copper content.  Wheat cents usually bring about 3-4c each in bulk as well.  Here's a few resources you may be interested in.





Happy hunting!


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I will just echo the good information and comments posted above, from your photos the coins you have are great coins for an album but are not going to be valuable enough to have them certified.  Unless you have a rare variety in that group each of those cents are worth $.02-.03 each and putting $20 worth of plastic around them will not change that they are worth $.02-.03 each.

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@CRAWTOMATIC and @Coinbuf l'd like to thanks for your great response, l really appreciate it, really helps me a lot especially to distinguish those varieties, actually those coins that l have been with me almost 30yrs now  as my grandma gave me when l was a kid and she made a bamboo piggy bank for me since then l started to keep any coins wherever I go l used to have a full sets from penny to quarter of different currencies but unfortunately l lost them the only left are those in the pic, and the rest is from 1970's to 2017 thats the time l filled up my jar .

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@Cresencio1982 is a special year of course.  The Mint transitioned planchets from the bronze (copper) alloy to the zinc midstream and also had some differences in the dies relative to the dates.  I think there's something like 7 varieties but it may be up to 8 now if you consider the '82-D Small Date Bronze which wasn't supposed to happen.

For the Large Date/Small Date distinction look at the 2.  If it's thicc & chunky then it's the large date.  If it's thin & delicate then it's the small date.  All of yours shown here are Large Dates.

I don't have a digital scale that goes down to the tenth place (.1) as it's not something I've needed in my focus of the hobby so far.  If you do, then weighing them all to determine 3.1 g vs. 2.8 g should be easy enough.  I used to have the popsicle stick tool to measure bronze vs zinc weight.  Simple lever tool based on counterweight.  Detailed briefly on this page but I've seen some better explanations out there.  http://lincolncentresource.com/smalldates/1982.html  

I'm not sure I can see well enough in those pictures to determine if they're doubled die obverses but I'm leaning towards no.  Looking for doubling varieties I tend to look at what's known out there and just search for those.  NGC attributes a DDO on the 1982 Large Date Bronze only and it exists on "In God We Trust".  Variety Vista shows one for the 1982-D Large Date Zinc and it exists at the earlobe.  If you only look for known ones it makes searching more efficient and you can churn & burn.  

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