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mintage figures
Philadelphia : 6,018,515,000
mintage classification : URS-34
population in circulation : 140
circulation classification : URS-9
percentage of circulation : 2.8%
Denver : 4,139,357,254
mintage classification : URS-33
population in circulation : 128
circulation classification : URS-8
percentage of circulation : 2.56%
San Francisco (proof) : 3,677,175
mintage classification : URS-23
Total : 10,161,549,429
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1979
this year in history...
  • On January 29th, President Jimmy Carter commutes the sentence of Patty Hearst.
  • A major accident occurs at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear power plant on March 28th
Specific notes about this year's cents...

  • This year's D mint cents are known to have a flaw on the mintmark. It seems that most of the dies were punched with a faulty (broken) mintmark punch that exhibits a split in the lower serif. To read more about this anomaly and see a photo of it, click here.
  • 1979 business strike cents are very scarce in high grades. Any certified grade above MS66 will command a very high premium. Some of this has to do with die overuse, but the majority of it has to do with problems with the cents blotching to brown prematurely.
 

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