The Lincoln Cent
Doubled Die Book
 Vol. 2: 1959-1996


 

Memorial Reverse Design Varieties

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Memorial Reverse Design Varieties
for the
 Lincoln Cent

In the course of its 50-year history the Lincoln cent memorial reverse has seen numerous design modifications resulting in seven (7) different design varieties.  The memorial design was first used in 1959 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln and the 50th anniversary of the Lincoln cent.  This first (1) design was used for both circulation and proof coinage through 1968.  In 1969 the mint modified the design by slightly enlarging the designer's initials.  Again this design (2) was used for both circulation and proof coinage from the years 1969 through 1972.  In 1973 the mint again modified the design by greatly enlarging the designer's initials.  Only Lincoln cents dated 1973 carry this third (3) design.  In 1974 the mint reduced the size of the designer's initials.  This fourth (4) design was used from 1974 through 1985 for both circulation and proof coinage.  In 1986 the mint modified the designer's initials again, creating a fifth (5) design.  This design was short lived, lasting only through 1988.  In 1989 the mint again modified the design, by once more changing the font on the designer's initials.  This sixth (6) design was used for both circulation and proof coinage through 1992.  1993 saw the seventh (7) design placed into production.  This design reduced the spacing between the AM of AMERICA and again changed the font of the designer's initials.  This design was used for both circulation and proof coinage for 1993.  However, in 1994 the mint reverted back to its previous design (6) for proof coinage.  Thus for the first time two memorial reverse designs were used in the same year.  Recently a proof style reverse (design 6) was discovered on a 2000 circulation strike coin.  Further research has turned up circulation strike occurrences of this design (6) for the years 1988, 1998 and 1999.  It is currently not known why this has occurred or if the years 1994 through 1997 are affected as well.  None have turned up on Denver issues, though recent discoveries have seen cents from 1992 (unconfirmed by CONECA) and 1992-D with a design 7 reverse.  Also now known are  1998-S and 1999-S proof cents with design 7 reverses.

RDV-001 Philadelphia Denver San Francisco Proof

1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1959-D
1960-D
1961-D
1962-D
1963-D
1964-D



1968-D









1968-S
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965 SMS
1966 SMS
1967 SMS
1968-S
           

RDV-002

Philadelphia Denver San Francisco Proof

1969
1970
1971
1972
1969-D
1970-D
1971-D
1972-D
1969-S
1970-S
1971-S
1972-S
1969-S
1970-S
1971-S
1972-S
           

RDV-003

Philadelphia Denver San Francisco Proof

1973 1973-D 1973-S 1973-S
           

RDV-004

Philadelphia Denver San Francisco Proof

1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1974-D
1975-D
1976-D
1977-D
1978-D
1979-D
1980-D
1981-D
1982-D
1983-D
1984-D
1985-D
1974-S










 
1974-S
1975-S
1976-S
1977-S
1978-S
1979-S
1980-S
1981-S
1982-S
1983-S
1984-S
1985-S
           

RDV-005

Philadelphia Denver San Francisco Proof

1986
1987
1988
 
1986-D
1987-D
1988-D
 
  1986-S
1987-S
1988-S
 
         

RDV-006

Philadelphia Denver San Francisco Proof

1988 Link
1989
1990
1991
1992





1998
1999
2000



 

 

1988-D Link
1989-D
1990-D
1991-D
1992-D













 
 
1989-S
1990-S
1991-S
1992-S

1994-S
1995-S
1996-S
1997-S
1998-S
1999-S
2000-S
2001-S
2002-S
2003-S
2004-S
2005-S
2006-S
2007-S
2008-S
           

RDV-007

Philadelphia Denver San Francisco Proof

1992 Link
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
1992-D Link
1993-D
1994-D
1995-D
1996-D
1997-D
1998-D
1999-D
2000-D
2001-D
2002-D
2003-D
2004-D
2005-D
2006-D
2007-D
2008-D
 
1993-S




1998-S Link
1999-S Link








 
           

RDV-008
(Strengthened Right Memorial Steps)

Philadelphia Denver San Francisco Proof
1971 1971-D 1971-S 1971-S
           

Red = Ex. Rare, Blue = Rare, Pink = Scarce

 

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