Coin News: Lincoln Cent Birthday, UK Gold Production, Capped Bust Dimes


August 4: Four numismatic news or coin blog articles are referenced on CoinNews every Tuesday and Thursday. These articles are not authored by us, but we recommend coin collectors read them for their unusual or interesting content. Here are today’s coin articles:

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Penny

Aug. 2, 2009, marks the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln penny, the longest-running U.S. coin still in circulation. The U.S. Mint had been producing one-cent coins since its founding in 1792, but the 1909 penny (which replaced the Indian-head coin) was the first coin on which a President’s likeness appeared…

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Lincoln cent spends 100 years in circulation
Gerald Tebben | The Columbus Dispatch

Say happy birthday to the pennies in your pocket. The Lincoln cent turns 100 today. Born in controversy, the copper — now mostly zinc — coin has become an American icon. The front, showing artist Victor David Brenner’s portrait of Abraham Lincoln, is the longest-running U.S. coin design and, according to the American Numismatic Society, the most-reproduced piece of art in the history of the world…

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U.K. Royal Mint Doubles Gold Output as Demand Swells
Thomas Biesheuvel | Bloomberg

The U.K’’s Royal Mint, established in the 13th century, doubled production of gold coins in the second quarter as demand surged for bullion to diversify investments. Output climbed to 16,910 ounces from 8,030 ounces a year earlier, according to data obtained by Bloomberg News under a Freedom of Information Act request. First-half production jumped…

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Affordable Capped Bust Dimes
Mark Benvenuto | Coins Magazine

Scholars who focus on the span of years that encompasses the early decades of the United States still debate such issues as whether the new U.S. Mint turned its attention to dimes and other small silver first or last, as opposed to coins like the silver dollars. The 1792 dismes and half dismes do represent some of the first silver coins issued by the authority of the new Congress. But those coins can also be considered patterns or early trials, and not a proper attempt at a coinage that would meet the needs of the entire nation…

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