Lincoln Cent Dated 1283 Found by Coin Talk Member

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December 29, 2005, a member at the popular Coin Talk community website posted photos of a unique Lincoln Cent minted by the United States Mint in Philadelphia bearing the date 1283.

On December 29, 2006 a member of the popular Coin Talk, a community website for coin collectors and numismatists, reported the discovery of a coin which seems to have been minted in 1283. It’s a Lincoln Head Cent, the most common coin minted by the United States Mint.

"That is a cool find!" said Tony Lynch, a retired USAF Master Sargent and avid coin collector from West Texas. The coin, reported at the Coin Talk Forum ( on December 29th, is an error coin, minted in Philadelphia in 1983. Lincoln Head Cents have been minted since 1909, and the US Mint produces hundreds of millions of them every year.

Die cuds, gouges or breaks are fairly common, but this one is special because of the location. This type of error results in a lump of the metal used to mint the coin bulging abnormally out of the surface of the coin. These are commonly known as error coins among coin collectors.

Coin Talk’s Error Coin Forum is a leading source of information on this highly collectible type of coins. Error coins have become more and more popular over the past few years, with some of them bringing tens of thousands of dollars in highly publicized sales. The Coin Talk Error Coin Forum can be found at the following url:

The value of this coin is yet to be determined, as the owner has not announced it for sale at this time. For more information about this coin, and to view images, please use the following url:

Peter T Davis founded the Coin Talk community website in 2002. Since it’s founding, it has grown to become the largest independent community for coin collectors and numismatists on the web today. Membership on Coin Talk is free to everyone, from people with a passing interest in coins to professional numismatists.


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