1998 WAM Lincoln Cent - poorish condition

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by firesideguy, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. firesideguy

    firesideguy Member

    OK, here's another toll road find from today (08/14/2011) - a 1998 WAM Lincoln cent.
    (Accepted as part of a toll payment paid entirely with a total of 75 Lincoln cents)


    It was the first coin I picked up to count and I was hoping there would be more and in better condition than this one however, there were no others.

    So my question is: Even in this condition, is this PROOF strike reverse cent worth anything more than 1ยข - my investment? I know they are more plentiful than the 1999 cents. I was told the 2000 cents were more plentiful than the other two.

    Thanks for your input.

    WIDE_AM_01_OBV.jpg WIDE_AM_01_REV.jpg
    The scans are @ 500% magnification using a HP 7410 multifunction.
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  3. Merc Crazy

    Merc Crazy Bumbling numismatic fool

    I'd hold onto 'em. Pretty tough to find WAM's.

    Also, minor correction, it's not a proof reverse strike, it's a die that was intended to be used to strike the reverse of proofs. It received none of the polishing or acid etching that a proof die does. ;)
  4. firesideguy

    firesideguy Member

    Thank you. That was what I meant - I'm still learning the proper terminology.
  5. Alex491

    Alex491 Boy Scout

    What is WAM?
  6. djhughes

    djhughes New Member

    I agree with Merc Crazy, hang on to it. I found one(1998 WAM) a few weeks ago and sold it on ebay and I regret it more and more everyday. They go for about $1-$3 each.
  7. zach24

    zach24 DNSO 7070 71 pct complete

    Wide "AM" as in "AM" in america. Notice in the picture that there is a space between the two. That is a characteristic of the proof dies. On a businees strike die you will have no seperation between A and M. So basically they accidentally used a proof reverse on a business strike cent. This occurs on 1996, 1998-2000. In fact I was given a '98 and '00 today from one of my friends that works as a cashier. I'll post pics in a few.
  8. firesideguy

    firesideguy Member

    WAM = Wide AM - meaning the spacing between the A and M in AMERICA is wider than on a "business strike" coin. With the business trike, the A and M are almost - if not - touching.

    If you GOOGLE "WAM cent" you can find more information.
  9. zach24

    zach24 DNSO 7070 71 pct complete

    As promised:

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  10. Merc Crazy

    Merc Crazy Bumbling numismatic fool

    The '96 is widely believed to be a hoax and nonexistent.
  11. zach24

    zach24 DNSO 7070 71 pct complete

    I've seen one with my own eyes, so I have to disagree with those skeptics.
  12. Merc Crazy

    Merc Crazy Bumbling numismatic fool

    In hand? Why are none certified?
  13. zach24

    zach24 DNSO 7070 71 pct complete

    Yes, in hand, my great-grandfather has one. But you may be right maybe they are fake... And as for why none are certified I have no idea.
  14. zach24

    zach24 DNSO 7070 71 pct complete

    Merc, my mistake, it is not a '96 that I'm thinking of it was a '99..... I apologize.
  15. Merc Crazy

    Merc Crazy Bumbling numismatic fool

    Alright, I was gonna say...

    I have two '99's, so yeah, I know those are real. So I stand by what I sad... the '96 is widely considered to be nonexistent.
  16. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    Nice find! It has AU details, street value about a $1 or so.

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