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Week's Most Read: Controversial 1959-D cent mule

A 1959-D Lincoln cent with the Victor David Brenner’s Wheat reverse used between 1909 and 1958 rather than Frank Gasparro’s Lincoln Memorial reverse introduced in 1959 is a mysterious and controversial piece. It will be offered at auction on June 2.

Original images courtesy of Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers.

Each week, we publish at our website selected content from the print issue of the week’s Coin World as well as content written primarily for the online audience. 

Here are five of our most-read articles from the past week, in reverse order.

5. Monday Morning Brief for May 20, 2019 — Collector similarities: Recent Star Wars action figure offerings by Hasbro Pulse ended in quick sellouts and angry comments familiar to coin collectors.

4. The ‘hidden costs’ of striking the Lincoln cent: Is there a hidden cost behind the continued production of the cent? Some climate scientists think so. 

3. War in the Pacific silver 5-ounce coin sales start June 6: The Uncirculated 2019-P War in the Pacific National Historical Park 5-ounce silver coin will be offered by the Mint beginning at noon ET. 

2. U.S. Mint suspends Mutilated Coin Redemption Program: Pending the development of additional safeguards for its Mutilated Coin Redemption Program, the U.S. Mint has again temporarily suspended it.

1. Controversial 1959-D Lincoln cent ‘mule’ heads to auction: A 1959-D Lincoln cent with the Wheat reverse that was retired in 1958 is headed to auction by Ira and Larry Goldberg.


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