U.S. Mint Surprise

Due to the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Mint, the 2017 Lincoln Cent will have a “P” mint mark. This will be a one-year only type and it was kept a secret by the mint. The 2017-cent will be struck for circulation quality and Uncirculated finish versions.

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Never before in U.S. history has a cent carried the “P” mintmark. The only other times the Philadelphia mint issued a mint mark was in 1942 – 1945 when it was placed on the war-time silver Jefferson nickels and in 1979 on the Susan B. Anthony dollars. In 1980 the mintmark was extended to all circulating from Philadelphia except the cent.

The coins were released to Federal Reserve Banks in early January. On a recent trip to my local bank, no 2017 cents had arrived yet. So be on the lookout, they may not be rare but the cents will be a one-year type.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 Uncategorized