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Finest Certified 1913 Lincoln Cent to be featured in Rarities Night of our March 2017 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

Author: James McCartney / Thursday, March 09, 2017 / Categories: United States Coin of the Week

Among the stunning Lincoln cent rarities to be offered in our March 2016 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo is a virtually pristine 1913 example that ranks as the finest certified of that mintage at MS-67+ RD. 

With a mintage of 76.5 million coins, the 1913 Lincoln cent is readily available up through Gem Mint State, but the population dwindles severely at the Superb Gem level. It is among the rarest Philadelphia cents of the early 20th century to locate in MS-67 or finer, with perhaps only the 1914 being slightly more elusive.  PCGS notes just nine examples of the 1913 issue certified at the MS-67 RD level, though that number is undoubtedly inflated by resubmissions. This exclusive group is surpassed by just the MS-67+ RD example we have the pleasure of offering in our upcoming sale.

This Superb Gem specimen, offered in lot 3019 of our March auction, represents the pinnacle of both preservation and execution. Vibrant tangerine and pinkish hues are noted on serene surfaces that are bathed in richly satiny luster.  The design elements are sharp in the peripheries and undisturbed by the softness and fatigue that sometimes plague this mintage.  For those seeking the very finest survivor of this early Lincoln cent date, the present piece is an important opportunity. Participants in the PCGS Set Registry will be sure to take note as this incredible lot crosses the auction block.

This 1913 cent will be featured among other world-class rarities in our March 2017 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, featuring the Blue Moon Collection and sold in conjunction with the D. Brent Pogue Collection Part V. To secure your copies of these exciting catalogs, please contact our offices today at 1-800-458-4646.

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