1974 proof Lincoln Cent with No S?

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  1. Prospector

    Prospector Member

    I've been seeing a few youtube vids about there being a 1974 Proof Lincoln Cent
    in circulation and they don't have an S mint mark and supposedly it makes them extremely valuable. I'm just wondering if anyone knows the truth behind this.. I have a few 1974 with rims that resemble proof rims and they are very bright in color.. I won't say red because they are brighter than red. After 15 years of roll searching pennies, I've accumulated many that I never considered valuable but just interesting looking.
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  4. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Your best way to tell is to see it for yourself by looking up a 1974-S proof on the knowledge a no-S proof will look exactly like that except it won't have no I mean it won't have any S. In addition to the squared rims look for the mirrored as opposed to cartwheeled fields and the sharp, clear lettering, all diagnostic of proof minting. Just look one up on Google images. Yours isn't a no-S proof, it's a P-Mint business strike, and a somewhat handsome one, at that.
  5. Prospector

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    Thank you very much for your help. So, there is a possibility that No S Proofs made it out into circulation?
  6. Prospector

    Prospector Member

    Here's 2 others I found interesting while roll searching.. the first one is so much more detailed compared to others it's almost impossible to assume it's just a business strike. 20230928_172200.jpg 20230928_172226.jpg
  7. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity

    Totally agree. Another tell of Business Strike for this coin is the weak lettering of STA/STATES, the E/EPU and the lack of steps on the reverse. All of this would be strong and well defined on a proof…imo…Spark

    @Prospector …please refrain from posting photos that are out of focus…TY.
  8. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Those aren't Proof Cents. Just normal Philadelphia Minted Cents.
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  9. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity

    One way that could happen is an inherited coin spent by a person who didn’t know what they had…lots of crazy stuff can happen…imo…Spark
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  10. Prospector

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    Here's the reverse of this one. 20230928_172200.jpg 20230928_174458.jpg
  11. Prospector

    Prospector Member

    All I'm trying to find out is if it's well known that proof " no S " have been found in circulation.
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  12. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity

    It’s not “almost impossible” to have good definition on business strikes.

    A brand new business strike pair of dies would produce strong strikes with great definition for the first 100K (and more) of its’ cycle…imo…Spark
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  13. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity

    IMO…it is not well known…Spark
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  14. Prospector

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    Yea, I just compared the rim width on these 2 and the 73 S Proof coin rim is a lot more wide than the 74 but the 74 still has a Proof-Like appeal to it.

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  15. Prospector

    Prospector Member

    Thanks for your help!
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  16. David Betts

    David Betts Elle Mae Clampett cruising with Dad

    Look at the proofs posted and look at yours!
  17. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Your 74-S is a business strike, not a proof. For a proof coin to make it into circulation it would need to be broken out of the proof case that the mint packages them in.
  18. Prospector

    Prospector Member

    It's not a 74 S
  19. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    I highly doubt it.
  20. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

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  21. desertgem

    desertgem Senior Errer Collecktor

    09pfedge.JPG Proof rims are flat edge and square with 90 degree angles. One you see one, it will stick with you. As said , they are not proofs. Sorry, Jim
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