Can you guess the grade? Requesting Advice - 1909-S Lincoln Cent.

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  1. FmrFiatFollower

    FmrFiatFollower Note-orious & Numismatic

    Hello, my fellow CTers. Another guess the grade for you. What do you think this would grade as?

    I'm not a cent collector but I do enjoy this series and find it amazing how much value some of the lower denomination coins can command.

    Full disclosure here, I'm considering selling this coin to a friend of mine who desired to put together an entire collection of Lincoln cents but I'm struggling with the decision to sell it as I have an attraction to it. It is one of the more valuable single coins in my collection and although there's no sentimental value, I think it's an exceptionally beautiful coin and it happens to be one with a semi-key date so I've always kept it in my collection.

    Knowing this, what would you do? Sell it? Keep it? What's the outlook on Lincoln Cents....will the value grow considerably once they've ceased minting them or would the value remain consistent? I know I'm speculating here but I'm curious and wonder if it's better kept than sold.

    Any information you can provide me would be appreciated.


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  3. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

  4. rlm's cents

    rlm's cents Numismatist

    No problem strike, fairly clean, but not much luster. I think it would go 63 RB.

    So far as the rest of your questions go, it is pretty much up to you. I have no idea when or even if they will stop the penny let alone what it will do to pricing.

    FWIW, I have noticed PCGS prices have dropped a bit lately, but NGC seem to have increased. Have no idea what that means.
  5. rzage

    rzage What Goes Around Comes Around .

    Dick , I'm hoping you're being tough on her as I'll go 64 RB .
  6. Duke Kavanaugh

    Duke Kavanaugh The Big Coin Hunter

    62 maybe 63 and don't think theres enough for rb so I say BN.
    But those are not as good as someone else photo's :D
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  7. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Well, they've already ceased minting 1909-S Lincolns... ;)

    It seems to me that once cents no longer circulate, and are no longer the cheapest and easiest coin for kids to start collecting, they will lose some of their cachet.
  8. kaosleeroy108

    kaosleeroy108 The Mahayana Tea Shop & hobby center

    Might I suggest you sent it into a tpg, for encapsulation
  9. kaosleeroy108

    kaosleeroy108 The Mahayana Tea Shop & hobby center

    I'm going g to say it would grade 63brown,she worth keeping
  10. cooper

    cooper Active Member

    Nobody has put a dollar amount on it. Anyone won't to go there?
  11. Mainebill

    Mainebill Love pretty coins

    My call 62 bn. And a nice one for the grade. There's not quite enough red for rb and there's a few significant marks on the profile. 63 wouldn't surprise me tho pcgs has it at $300 in 62 bn. Greysheet is at $275 for 60 bn and $300 for 63 rb. So a fair value around $300 I'd say
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  12. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    I agree. On a bad day AU-58, it looks like the cartwheel luster might be broken in the fields. It's a beautiful key date, I really like it! Does it cartwheel? I can't read the luster from your pictures.
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  13. kaosleeroy108

    kaosleeroy108 The Mahayana Tea Shop & hobby center

    Can you give me a close-up of the mintmarks yea can go for anywhere about 50- 300

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  14. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    That was in my mind as well!
  15. Paul M.

    Paul M. Well-Known Member

    Glad I'm not the only one!

    @FmrFiatFollower, I won't hazard a guess at a grade because I can't get a read on the luster, but I would say the grades given are on target, depending on if the luster is broken anywhere and how much luster in general there is. It looks like there might be a slightly soft strike on the obverse. As for color, I call it BN as well.

    This is a nice coin, and I don't think I'd sell it if it were mine. :) I love the relatively mark-free fields.
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  16. jtlee321

    jtlee321 Well-Known Member

    I can't see the luster, but I think it's there because of the incredibly diffuse lighting that was used to image the coin. But, I think it's a 1909-S S over horizontal S MS64 RB. PCGS price guide values it at $575 so really it's probably $475 - $500.

    You can see the pick up on the MM for the S/S.
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  17. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I'm at 63 as well. Nice coin.
  18. SuperDave

    SuperDave Free the Cartwheels!

    I've seen worse reverses on a 66. ONE CENT is pristine. I'm leery about offering a grade without the coin in-hand, but I don't think 63 will do it.

    Here's the S/S pickup:

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  19. kaosleeroy108

    kaosleeroy108 The Mahayana Tea Shop & hobby center

    Cool beans I'd keep it

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  20. kaosleeroy108

    kaosleeroy108 The Mahayana Tea Shop & hobby center

    I'd buy it

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  21. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    Not enough luster for a gem grade.
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