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In 1922, noted numismatist Farran Zerbe was surprised by something he discovered about the Lincoln Cent. What was it?

 

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The last die used in Denver for the obverse in 1922 was so worn that the mintmark disappeared to create the plain cent. Cents without mintmarks didn't come from Philadelphia.

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im just gunna say what I know off the top of my head about this cent, so I am probably incorrect. Anyways, here goes:

 

He noticed that while the coins were only minted at the denver mint that year, a few appeared to have no mintmark, which would indicate that they were from the philadelphia mint. This was because some of the dies became extremely worn resulting in both "weak D" and "no D" specimens.

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That the mint would NOT replace Linclon's image with his. For years he tried to strong arm the mint into doing things to line his pocket and increse his image in the field.

 

Some examples

 

1) He recivied the concession to sell the commemorative gold dollars at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

 

2) He later distributed the commemorative coins for the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915

 

3)Tried to keep IN GOD WE TRUST off the Lincoln cent

 

4) Somehow convenced the mint to Produce special proof dollars for him in 1921

 

5) Even though he was the one who wrote a paper at Chicago ANA in 1920 "Commemorate the Peace with a Coin for Circulation" and was on the ANA committee for this. In Dec 1920 They almost messed it all up by having Congresman Albert H Vestal try and place a bill for this on the Unanimous consent calander. Another member of the House was against this and it was brought to the floor and because of oppisition was never voted on.

 

Because of the Pitman Act(1918) the Sec. of Treasury apprved the design be changed because the Morgan was in exstance for more than 25 years.

 

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The question: In 1922, noted numismatist Farran Zerbe was surprised by something he discovered about the Lincoln Cent. What was it?

 

 

The answer is He had just become aware that the initials "V.D.B." had been restored to the cent a few years earlier. This discovery was published in The Numismatist.

 

 

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