Three Special Edition 2019-W Lincoln Cents From West Point Mint

by Mike Unser on March 6, 2019 · 26 comments

2019-W Proof Lincoln Cent

U.S. Mint images of a 2019-W Proof Lincoln Cent and its packaging. Included when purchasing a 2019 Proof Set, the cent is one of three unique editions this year from the West Point Mint.

Collectors can look forward this year to a total of three special edition Lincoln cents from the U.S. Mint facility at West Point.

Sharing the West Point Mint’s "W" mint mark but with varying finishes, each of the cents are packaged and marketed separately as premium pieces included when buying three annual sets.

The West Point Mint struck Lincoln cents for release into general circulation during the 70’s and 80’s but those coins never carried mint marks. The special edition cents are the first with "W" mint marks. They also mark firsts as numismatic issues with collector coin finishes.

A premium West Point cent is included as a free item with each one of the following sets ordered:

  • 2019 Proof Set (19RG) — includes a proof 2019-W Lincoln cent
  • 2019 Silver Proof Set (19RH) — includes a reverse proof 2019-W Lincoln cent
  • 2019 Uncirculated Mint Set (19RJ) — includes an uncirculated 2019-W Lincoln cent

This year’s annual Proof Set already launched. Released March 1 for $27.95, the set and cent combo realized three-day starting sales of 196,034.

This year’s annual Silver Proof Set becomes available on April 17 for $54.95.

The 2019 Uncirculated Mint set has a release date of May 14. Its price is not yet available.

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Seth Riesling
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Seth Riesling

Notice that the U.S. Mint continues to incorrectly use the word “Penny” for the Lincoln 1-cent coin or cent! This is simply wrong, incorrect numismatic terminology. The Mint even puts the word “Penny” under the photo of the cent on packaging & even on the official specifications Certificate of Authenticity signed by the U.S. Mint Director! The U.S. Mint has never stuck a penny, but some foreign Mints have. When will this situation be corrected U.S. Mint Director Mr. David J. Ryder?

NumisdudeTX

Lovelife
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Lovelife

This is the best thing I’ve read all day!

jon
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jon

Makes no cents!

sam tweedy
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sam tweedy

If you go to the bank you ask for a roll of pennies, not a roll of cents. lol Maybe they should go back to the two cent or three cent piece!!! lol

Peter
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Peter

They used a national narrative on the reverse of the western waters nickel in 2005. And corrected the spelling. inaccuracy is leading all astray of the truth

lonnie
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lonnie

some of the 5 ounce silver apollo commemoratives are in stock for backorders. i just got an email from the mint and from ups that mine are being shipped and will be here on thursday (tomorrow).

Steve
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Steve

When did you order and what was anticipated date.

lonnie
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lonnie

i ordered the first day the apollo coins were listed about 1 minute after the opening start. my anticipated date was in april. the ups tracking system shows it is within about 15 minutes of my house.

sam tweedy
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sam tweedy

The cockroach coins are on their way!!! They are blind but very fast!!!

chuck
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chuck

lonnie,
Glad you got them. Might be hope yet for us to receive them sooner. How did you like them?

lonnie
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lonnie

they are beautiful. i checked them out really good and they appear to be perfect.

David Mediate
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David Mediate

Just received my mailer from US Mint How about the $5 gold commemorative release date March 14th, Eiffel tower & Eagle? Nice looking coin again $35 surcharge.

howard
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howard

hi –
does ANY body know if the is coin is SAFE to keep in that stupid plastic bag?
why the mint choose not to encapsulated it – ???? thanks!

howard
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howard

hi again – i see no one responded to my query….also confused as i thought “this” particular discussion was for the new 2019 proof set / W-cent…..i see a whole lotta other replies on thins OTHER than that…anyway – if anyone could please reply to my question about whether the new 2019-W cent is SAFE in the little plastic bag, i would be much indebted – thanks!

sam tweedy
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sam tweedy

Howard, Coin is not safe in a plastic bag remove the coin wearing cotton gloves and put it in a secure hard plastic holder.

Vachon
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Vachon

I hate that we could have had more mintmark variety in our circulating coins if only the U.S. Mint didn’t dishonestly release coins into circulation without their proper mintmarks. How many years of West Point and San Francisco cents would we have had if only they had been marked?

I’ll admit it makes me wish cents had started using the P mark on Philadelphia cents starting in 1968 (or that the legislation authorizing the return of mintmarks had explicitly required the mint of origin to be indicated) because then I don’t think the Mint would have been able to get away with these stealth mintages.

Seth Riesling
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Seth Riesling

howard –

That coin is not safe for long-term storage in that flexible plastic baggie. That type of plastic has plasticiser chemicals like polyvinyl chloride that can damage a coin over time. Find a coin flip that doesn’t have PVC in it to store the coin.

Happy collecting!

NumisdudeTX

howard
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howard

much obliged for the reply and the suggestion – thanks!

Terry Hoffhines
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Terry Hoffhines

Sir,
I enjoyed reading your respons on the 2019 W cent not to leave it in the plastic bag. Is that true for the 1996 W dime?

Richard
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Richard

Kind of a neat little addition to what had been routine sets with declining sales. I imagine some dealers will take all 3 cents and package them together in a hard case, then sell them for a jacked up price. But why does this news item have links to 10 year old articles?

Chuck
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Chuck

I can’t believe it!!! Why is the mint releaseing special mint mark cents, when they should be eliminating them. It began last year with a cent with the P mintmark. I couldn’t get excited!!! Then this year they have not only one, but three cents with the W mint mark. I still can’t get excited!!! What would really get my attention would be a remake of the 1909 S VDB cent, Now that would be exciting
Just saying,
Get rid of the cent, put Lincoln on another denomination.
Chuck

BOBBY ROYAL
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BOBBY ROYAL

I WISH PREMIUM MINT SETS USED BRONZE PENNY BLANKS INSTEAD OF PLATED YOU PAY MORE YOU SHOULD GET THE BEST

Harold Wilson
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Harold Wilson

Check the box. My free cent was excluded.

Seth Riesling
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Seth Riesling

Terry Hoffhines –

The 1996-W Unc. clad Roosevelt dime was packaged in a different type of stronger, flexible plastic that the Mint used for many years till 1964 for its annual Proof coin sets & is considered safe for storage. I kept most of mine in their original packaging & took the few I felt would grade very high out & had them graded/slabbed by PCGS.

Happy collecting!

NumisdudeTX

Terry Hoffhines
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Terry Hoffhines

Tank you very much. I will let all of my buddies know about it.
Terry

Seth Riesling
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Seth Riesling

Terry Hoffhines-

Just yesterday 3-15 a Mint spokesperson said they are using a safe flexible plastic baggie (with no damaging PVC in it) for the three different Lincoln cents they are giving away with purchases of annual sets this year. But, I still would remove the first one since it is a Proof coin & the baggie is fairly large compared to the small size of the cent & it moves around in the baggie & can get hairline scratches on the surface of the coin. I would put them in a regular 2×2 coin flip that does not have PVC in it.

Good Luck!

NumisdudeTX