1970-S Lincoln, Small Date cent discovery a keeper: Found in Rolls

Better find than one 10 years ago
By , Special to Coin World
Published : 06/24/15
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Found in Rolls column from July 13, 2015, issue of Coin World:

I sometimes wish that the image appearing with one of my columns could be on a different page so that I didn’t have to give up the identity of my featured coin so quickly.

Searching through $53 worth of cent rolls produced this little beauty, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with its discovery.

For this collector, the coin shown here is the “Holy Grail” of Lincoln Memorial cents. This has been, by far the toughest Memorial cent for me to find in a roll. This is only the second time that I’ve come across a 1970-S Lincoln, Small Date cent.

The first one that I found was in such bad shape that I didn’t even keep it. It was crusty, greenish in color and horribly corroded.

That coin simply had no place in a respectable coin collection, so I placed it back into a roll and let it re-enter the world of circulation, while I hoped for a better example to turn up some day.

That was perhaps 10 years ago.

I didn’t realize then that it would take so long for me to find a nicer one, but look at what I found!

This coin has to be graded Mint State 64 or better. It’s simply gorgeous!

For some, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a Small Date cent subtype and the much more common Large Date variant of the 1970-S Lincoln cent, so let me point out some of the identifiable characteristics of this scarce collectible modern coin.

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