By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ……
The Denver Mint struck over 12 billion Lincoln cents in 1982 and 1983 combined, ensuring that the term “scarce” would never be associated with cents bearing those dates. However, oversights in quality control and perhaps a bit of luck have resulted in two cents from these years that are unique and extraordinarily desirable to Lincoln cent and error collectors.
Featured in our August 2017 ANA Auction will be a newly discovered 1982-D Small Date Lincoln cent–Struck on a Bronze Planchet (AU-58 BN NGC), accompanied by a similarly-unprecedented 1983-D Lincoln cent–Struck on a Bronze Planchet (AU-55 PCGS). Similar in fabric to the legendary error cents of 1943, each of these curiosities is the result of an obsolete bronze planchet finding its way into the striking press in place of the new copper-plated zinc planchets that were introduced at the Denver Mint in October 1982. While this transitional era has birthed a number of interesting combinations of planchet and design type, bronze 1982-D Small Date and the 1983-D cents have proven elusive over the past three decades.
Though the bronze 1943 cents and the aluminum 1974 cents have garnered fanfare, both of those issues are more common than the currently unique rarities from the Denver Mint. We are delighted to be offering this monumental pairing in our August 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money auction — the first public offering of either of these significant specimens.
These coins will be appearing in our August Denver auction alongside other incredible rarities like the Lord St. Oswald-Norweb 1794 Flowing Hair dollar (MS-64 PCGS CAC) and the finest known 1853-O No Arrows Liberty Seated half dollar (VF-35 PCGS), the latter pedigreed to the Garrett Collection. Contact us today at 1-800-458-4646 or email info@StacksBowers.com to secure your copy of this exciting catalog.