Mint Marks

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  1. National dealer

    National dealer New Member

    Listing of Mint marks
    Mark.............. Mint.........................................Date of operation
    P= (or none)=...... Philadelphia, Pa.............................. 1793-present
    C=.....................Charlotte, N.C., (gold coins only)........1838-1861
    D=.................... Dahlonega, Ga. (gold coins only).........1838-1861
    O=....................New Orleans, La..............1838-1861; 1879-1909
    S=.................... San Francisco, Calif..........1854-1955; 1968-present
    CC=.................. Carson City, Nev..............................1870-1893
    D=.................... Denver, Colo....................................1906-present
    W=................... West Point, N.Y...............................1976-present


    A Mint mark is a letter or letters indicating what specific Mint struck a coin. For example, a coin struck at the Denver Mint will generally bear a D Mint mark.
     
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  3. CohibaCris

    CohibaCris New Member

    On US coinage minted in the past 100 years, here are the locations of the mint marks....

    Lincoln Wheat Cent - Obverse (front) below the date.
    Lincoln Memorial Cent - Obverst below the date.
    Liberty-Shield Nickel - Reverse (back) toward the edge at 7 o'clock under the dot separating United and Cents.
    Buffalo Nickel - Reverse below five cents.
    Jefferson Nickel - Reverse to the right of Monticello (Small Mint Mark-SMM).
    Jefferson Wartime Nickel - Reverse above Monticello (Large Mint Mark-LMM).
    Barber Dime - Reverse below the wreath at 6 o'clock.
    Mercury Dime - Reverse to the right of "One" (One Dime).
    Roosevelt Dime - Reverse above the "E" in "One".
    Barber Quarter - Reverse between Quarter and Dollar and below the eagle.
    Standing Liberty Quarter - Obverse SMM just to the left of the date.
    Washington Quarter (32-64) - Reverse above the R in quarter.
    Washington Quarter (68-present) - Obverse lower right from Washington head.
    Barber Half - Reverse below the eagle, above the D in dollar.
    Walking Liberty Half (16-17) - Obverse below the motto.
    Walking Liberty Half (18-47) - Reverse at 8 o'clock beneath the rock the eagle is standing on.
    Franklin Half - Reverse above the bell
    Kennedy Half (64) - Reverse below the olive branch in the left talon.
    Kennedy Hald (68-present) - Obverse below Kennedy's head.
    Morgan Dollars - Reverse below the wreath and between D and O in Dollar.
    Peace Dollar - Reverse at 8 o'clock, left of the tail feathers.
    Eisenhower Dollars - Obverse below the head.
    Susan B Anthony Dollars - Obverse on SBA's right (our left) shoulder.
    Sacagawea Dollar - Obverse below the date.
     
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  4. Hermans

    Hermans New Member

    Very interesting information.
    Thank you for this


    Regards Herman
     
  5. jhinton

    jhinton Well-Known Member

    I know this is old, but I would also like to add:
    In 1920 the United States opened it's first and only mint located outside of the continental United States. The Manila mint, located in the Philippines produced coinage with an"M" mint mark.
     
  6. Greensawmill

    Greensawmill Member

    I did not know that. Is there any market for "M" mint coinage?
     
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  7. jonny oneal

    jonny oneal Member

    what if your coin, a penny e.g., has no dat and no mintmark and they are missing as a result of a mint error, not removed by a person post minting? i have one (it is zinc) but otherwise it is in very good shape. i examined it under a microscope and could find no evidence a date or mm had ever been on the obverse. thanks.
     
  8. hogan36

    hogan36 Member

    I need help determining if this 2000 Penny is considered a closed AM or a Wide AM .
     

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  9. charlietig

    charlietig Well-Known Member

    I would consider that a Closed AM
     
  10. AmberH

    AmberH New Member

    [​IMG] I have a 1943 Steel penny that seems to be a "DD" over "S" mint mark. Any opinions?
     
  11. charlietig

    charlietig Well-Known Member

    Your picture did not post
     
  12. AmberH

    AmberH New Member

    Yeah, and it also appears I wrote "DD" instead of "D".
     

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  13. charlietig

    charlietig Well-Known Member

    Well I will say that something don't look right but the picture is a tad blurry. perhaps straight on and a close up if possible :)
     
  14. AmberH

    AmberH New Member

    Sorry about the photo quality, I only have access to a cellphone and a magnifying glass. Upon looking at the photo with the two coins, I noticed the "4" also looks to be a little different. I hope these help.
     

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  15. charlietig

    charlietig Well-Known Member

    Yeah something doesn't look right there between the mint mark and the "4" in the date but it's very tough with the pictures.
     
  16. AmberH

    AmberH New Member

    Any value if this is a D/S coin?
     
  17. charlietig

    charlietig Well-Known Member

    It would be if it is an actual D or S....

    Try brighter lighting and a straight on close up maybe, I wish you luck.
     
  18. AmberH

    AmberH New Member

    The coin doesn't appear to have any excessive wear, but the mint mark and the four almost seem damaged. The photos here were taken in natural lighting, whereas the above photos were not.
     

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  19. charlietig

    charlietig Well-Known Member

    Hmmm..... after those pictures, I am not seeing what we should be seeing for a S over D mint mark. The outline of the S is clear as day, the issue lye's as to why it's been "filled in" almost in the center. Possible it was damaged or it was a grease filled die.
    Your best pictures overall I must say. Is odd how the 4 seems discolored too
     
  20. AmberH

    AmberH New Member

    Yeah, that was what I thought, too. I think the better lighting made the outline a lot more recognizable. It's just odd, though, because before I took the new pictures I thought it for sure was a D. I just started collecting, and this will definitely be one of my favorite coins even if it is only worth a penny of two :D
     
  21. charlietig

    charlietig Well-Known Member

    Glad to hear it :)
     
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