1966 Lincoln Cent question

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by RandyK, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. RandyK

    RandyK Member

    I know that all 1966 Lincoln Cents were minted with no mint mark and that no Proof coins were minted. I also know that there were Special Mint Sets in 66. Now, to my question. I saw a penny in a 2×2 flip today at an Antique Mall. No one in the booth to answer a question. It is a 1966 and in absolute excellent condition. I would like to know how I would be able to tell if it is a Mint State business strike or if it is out of an SMS?
     
  2. Avatar

    Guest User Guest



    to hide this ad.
  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    You couldn't wait until someone showed up?
     
  4. RandyK

    RandyK Member

    Paddyman98, You couldn't wait until someone showed up? This is a mall with unattended booths. The owner of the items was not in the building and the workers did not have any knowledge of the products. The 2×2 only had 1966 written on it. If no one here can answer the question, I guess I can ask somewhere else. I could possibly have asked the mall people to get the owner to contact me, but I am not sure the owner is going to know if it is business strike or Special Mint. Coins were only a very small portion of the booth items.
    RandyK
     
  5. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Hard to answer a question without being able to see the coin.
    Is it mint state?
    Has it been cleaned and it's just shiny?
    Who knows.
    If it was in a mint set, why take it out and put it in a 2x2?
    Here is a 1966 I pulled out of circulation. It's worth 1 cent.
    1966.png
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2020
  6. RandyK

    RandyK Member

    Sorry that I don't have a better camera to take this photo.
    I understand that some SMS coins have cameo, and this one
    has none.
    1966 Lincoln Cent.jpg
     
  7. mikenoodle

    mikenoodle The Village Idiot

    very few SMS coins from the mid 1960s have cameo contrast.

    This coin looks to be from a SMS IMHO.

    I hope that helps.
     
  8. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    That's a nice looking 1966.
    I assume the reverse is not avail.
     
  9. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    I am in the SMS camp, although 65 and above BS strikes are hard to discern from an average mid grade and lower end SMS strike. The steps in my opinion are the determining factor.
    Got a reverse photo?
     
  10. RandyK

    RandyK Member

    I'll try to get the reverse tomorrow. I'm busy until after midnight.
     
  11. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    I just bought a beautiful SMS 66 set. The set and especially the cent was worth the price. I will try and get some photos for you. What time does the antique shop open?
     
  12. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

  13. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    Pickin and Grinin likes this.
  14. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    That's an SMS coin. I've never been able to find a cameo one - only seen pictures.
     
  15. RandyK

    RandyK Member

    Well I bought the coin. Gloved up and carefully removed it from the 2x2. I'm of the opinion it is an SMS also now. I took photos of it, then put it in a new 2x2. Everything turned out to be much to do about nothing. It is not gradable in my opinion. What I saw as a blemish on the plastic, turned out to be on the field below the steps. I'll keep it in the collection, because it is a beautiful coin. Again I am sorry about the pictures. I just don't have the capability to take quality photos.

    1966 Lincoln Cent Obv.png 1966 Lincoln Cent Rev.png 1966 Lincoln Cent Steps.png
     
  16. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    These coins need to be almost top pop for them to be worth the grading fees.
    You can use this site PCGS coin facts to help you get and Idea of your coin.
    It definitely looks SMS.
    https://www.pcgs.com/coinfacts/coin/1966-1c-sms-rd/3293

    At the top you will find BRWN, brwn and red, red cameo etc
    click on each for estimated values. Sold at auction
     
    BadThad likes this.
  17. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    More than likely you'll never get an answer on a coin in an antique mall. Or from an antique dealer either. Unless they collect coins they have no idea.
     
    RandyK likes this.
  18. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Obv seems better than the rev. I am around MS 66. If the reverse was better MS 67. Still a nice coin, and if you like it, that's what matters.
    Probably difficult to find 1966 SMS coins, so there is that.
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2020
    RandyK likes this.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page