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mintage figures
Philadelphia : 606,045,000
mintage classification : URS-31
population in circulation : 85
circulation classification : URS-8
percentage of circulation : 1.7%
Denver : 1,793,148,400
mintage classification : URS-32
population in circulation : 65
circulation classification : URS-8
percentage of circulation : 1.3%
Philadelphia (proof) : 3,218,019
mintage classification : URS-23
Total : 2,402,411,419
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  • On February 20, Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. becomes the first American to orbit the Earth. Launched from Cape Canaveral aboard Friendship 7, Glenn completes three orbits in just under 5 hours.
  • Century 21, the first U.S. World's Fair in 22 years is held in Seattle. The theme of the fair is "Man in the Space Age".
  • April 21st marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Mint.
  • On August 14th a U.S. Mail truck bound from Cape Cod to Boston, Massachusetts is held up by gangsters carrying machine guns. They get away with $1,551,277...the largest cash plunder in U.S. history.
  • Novelist John Steinbeck, author of Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men is awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
Specific notes about this year's cents...

  • This year's coins are riddled with doubled dies, especially on proof issues. The most common obverse proof type for this year shows separation in the date. This was once believed to be a master die doubling because they are so common, but this has since been disproven. Over a dozen different dies with this style of doubling exist. Most common on the reverse would be doubling evident toward the rim on the lower lettering (ONE CENT). Dozens of minor to moderate doubled dies exist for this year.
  • The composition of the Lincoln cent was changed slightly this year, marking the last year for French Bronze (copper, tin, and zinc) composition. The tin was removed, making a strictly brass (copper and zinc) composition. Both styles were minted this year, but since the difference is so minute, no premium value should be expected for either composition.
  • Very late die state specimens are very common for this date, especially on coins from the Philadelphia mint. VEDS and EDS coins may eventually carry a premium value, but as of yet this anomaly has not been widely detected in the coin market.
  • Die chips in the date and in LIBERTY are rather common this year. Little to no premium value should be expected for these.
  • Proof cents - Lightly contrasted single side cameo proofs are rather common. Moderate to deep contrast examples (both sides) are difficult to rare, and command a premium of usually $10-$15.

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