My 1968-S Lincoln

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by BadThad, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    I looked though a TON of rolls to find this coin. I'm a nut about Memorial cents will full steps and this coin met my standards for quality and having full, complete steps. Browsing the top grades at I didn't see a single 68-S with full steps. IMO, this coin is truly special.

    Sorry to collectors of the future for cracking open probably close to 100 OBW rolls to find this one coin. LOL I actually pulled 4 coins out of the roll I got this from that had full steps. This one was the best of the bunch for eye appeal and grade. I sold the other 3.

    Go ahead and give a grade! It looks a lot better in hand. It has absolutely blazing, cartwheel luster.

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  3. Stewart

    Stewart Searcher of the Unique


    All I can say is WOW
    Very Nice

  4. chip

    chip Novice collector

    That one is nice, better than the one I have, which has been upgraded like three times so far. I want to see a 1977 cent with steps that nice.

    A couple little rim ticks, some marks in abes jacket I will say it is a 67 or 68, the reverse seems practically flawless.
  5. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Not much of a Lincoln fellow, but I enjoy grading and hazarding a guess. Clean fields with a small rim shot by liberty on the obverse. Exquisite mark free reverse other than what looks to be like a hit on the "I" in united......I'd hazard a '65.
  6. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    Thanks guys!

    Impossible for a 77 to have full steps. The master was worn. I've searched perhaps a thousand 77's and FS examples simply do not exist. Similarily, the 2006 Lincoln cent is pretty much impossible to find with FS. Again, after searching many, I have one that is real, real close.....but not good enough to call FS.

    I venture to say finding a 68-S with FS is a very, very difficult task and made a bit harder by being the lowest mintage Memorial cent. I looked a a lot of high grade example on and NONE of them I saw had FS.
  7. rlm's cents

    rlm's cents Numismatist

    Nice one. Either NGC or PCGS will give that at lest a 66 and my guess is NGC would give it a 67. PCGS about 50/50 between 66 and 67
  8. 10gary22

    10gary22 Junior Member

  9. coop

    coop Senior Member

    Segs:MS 74 LOL
  10. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    "Segs" da "dregs"......
  11. LostDutchman

    LostDutchman Under Staffed & Overly Motivated Moderator

    That's a heck of a coin.
  12. Merc Crazy

    Merc Crazy Bumbling numismatic fool

    Do want.

    My 68-S was a roll find... two hits on the steps are the only thing holding it back from having full steps. Fantastic strike.

    I really, really love those 1960's high relief cents.
  13. jallengomez

    jallengomez Cessna 152 Jockey

    Nice coin indeed.
  14. cladking

    cladking Coin Collector


    This is a tough date and there are lots of others as well.
  15. EyeEatWheaties

    EyeEatWheaties Cent Hoarder

    I have a lot to learn, I just told myself to put the memorials away. Then again, if I can find some quality clear cent tube material with clear caps. I might go through the rolls.

    based on some the coinfact memorials they have posted. 66 all day long.

    this is what PCGS is giving a 65 to.

  16. Fifty

    Fifty Master Roll Searcher

    That is a tough coin to find. I remember when I was kid filling my witman book and that was the last one to find. I must have been through hundreds of dollars of rolls to find one. I think I have about seven in all. It used to frustrate me so much lookin for them because I would find older wheat cents that were much lower mintage.
  17. mac266

    mac266 Well-Known Member

    Are you going to have it slabbed? My guess is MS 65.

    Fifty, I agree. The Lincoln cent Whitman folder was my first foray into coins when I was a kid, and it took me over 25 years to fill it up. The '68-S was my next-to-last find. The '70-S small date was the last one, and that's such a hard one to attribute I bought one that was already certified.
  18. jello

    jello Not Expert★NormL®

  19. Merc Crazy

    Merc Crazy Bumbling numismatic fool

    Wow, I got my '68-S in the second box I went through. Guess I'm just lucky.
  20. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    Keep in mind, the 1968-S is the lowest mintage Memorial cent and it was widely hoarded. There's not a lot of them in circulation. I do a lot of searching and I haven't found very many in the wild. It's pretty exicting to find one while searching, especially in the midwest.
  21. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    Probably not going to slab it, I think 67 might be out with the obverse rim hits. The one by the date is deep. There's also a few light hits on the reverse pillars. But....the luster is on a good day at the graders who knows. If I do, I should sumit a few 65's along with it to help skew their opinion. :D
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