cents struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 2017 for general circulation
and inclusion in 2017 Uncirculated Mint sets will for the first time
bear a P Mint mark.
the P Mint mark is among the U.S. Mint’s initiatives in recognition and
celebration of its 225th anniversary, Tom Jurkowsky, director of the
U.S. Mint’s Office of Corporate Communication, confirmed to
World Jan. 13.
2017-P cent, with the Mint mark found on the obverse below the date,
is a one-year type, manufactured in both circulation quality and
Uncirculated finish versions. Collectors can obtain the circulation
strikes from their local banks at face value.
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said cents struck at the Philadelphia Mint will revert in 2018 to
bearing no Mint mark.
Terry Granstaff received a 2017-P Lincoln cent in change Jan. 13 at a
gas station in Black Mountain, N.C., and posted images online over the
Professional Coin Grading Service U.S. Coin Forum message board. A
number of message board participants questioned the coin's
authenticity until Coin World could verify with U.S. Mint
officials the 2017-P cent production.
coins struck in Philadelphia, from the establishment of the first
production facility at which cents were struck (which were dated
1793), have never before exhibited a Mint mark. Mint marks were added
to identify coins struck at Mint facilities subsequently constructed
across the country to meet the population’s coinage needs.
P Mint mark first appeared on a U.S. coin in 1942 with the Jefferson
Wartime silver 5-cent coins.
said U.S. Mint officials purposely did not publicly disclose adding
the Mint mark, to see how long it would take before the Mint would be
contacted about its appearance. 2017-P Lincoln cents for general
circulation were shipped to Federal Reserve Banks early in January.
said the U.S. Mint has discretion to add a Mint mark or modify a
design, based on the Treasury secretary’s legal authority to pick
designs and inscriptions on coins.
said the idea to add the Mint mark to the Philadelphia Mint strikes
was recommended by facility employees to help recognize the
achievements and pride of the Philadelphia Mint’s work force.
gesture, the adding of one little letter, goes a long way,” Jurkowsky said.
P Mint mark is added to the master die so that all working hubs and
working dies will bear the Mint mark in the same position, in the
field below the date.