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Toned Gem 1951 Lincoln Cent Featured in our June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

Author: James McCartney / Wednesday, June 09, 2021 / Categories: United States Coin of the Week

The 1951 Lincoln cent is an unassuming issue struck in the final decade of the Wheat Reverse design type. Over 284 million examples were struck in Philadelphia and at least 10% of those remain available to collectors. While low-grade examples can still be found in circulation, this issue is somewhat scarce in Gem grades and is a favorite among 20th century type collectors.

We are excited to present a spectacular rainbow-toned 1951 cent in lot 3694 of our June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction. It ranks among the most desirable survivors and is graded MS-66 RB (PCGS) and approved by CAC. This cent combines exceptional preservation with stunning eye appeal. Rich shades of magenta, lime green and tangerine-orange glow across both sides, with the most intense color at the obverse borders. This color is complemented by satiny luster and nearly pristine surfaces. It is also tied with the finest graded by PCGS in this color designation, making it an ideal Registry Set candidate. (Image courtesy of PCGS)

This toned Gem is featured in Internet Only Session 3 of our June sale, which opens for live bidding on Monday, June 14th, at 9:00 AM PDT. The entire auction is now available for viewing and bidding on our website www.StacksBowers.com. For questions about the auction, please contact our Auction Services team by telephone at 800-566-2580 or by email at [email protected].​

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