Over the past few years, collectors have shown heightened awareness
of the two different reverse types seen on some years of Lincoln,
Memorial cents from 1992 to 2000.
In 1992 at both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, two distinct
reverse types were used: one where the A and M in AMERICA are close
together, and the reverse designer Frank Gasparro’s initials FG are
far from the Lincoln Memorial, and another where A and M are more
distantly separated and the initials are closer.
The close AM subtype is much scarcer on 1992-D cents, and Heritage
estimates that around 15 examples of the rare reverse type are
currently known, although more may be discovered over time. Graded
MS-65 red by Professional Coin Grading Service, this sold for $14,100
at Heritage’s Feb. 27, 2014, auction.