Lincoln Cent Re-punched mint marks

Lincoln Cent Re-punched mint mark - 1946-S coin #2

An extensive Lincoln Cent Re-punched mint marks collection to go on sale

I have a rather large, copper Lincoln Cent collection in the Storage vault. I have decided to start selling some of these copper Lincoln Cents. I have decided that these will be sold individually and as time permits.

Among the Lincoln Cent collection are a wide variety of, varieties as well. The problem with taking photographs of varieties, lighting and the perfect shot to show people what the variety looks like can take some time. For example, I just spent about 45 minutes attempting to take a good photograph of a 1946-S Lincoln Cent RPM. I had two examples to take photos of, and here they are:

Ok, the first example may be a bit better than the second, but choices are subjective. So the time allotted to take the photos has been documented but, the final attribution of the coin is not yet completed. If you look at this 1946-S Lincoln Cent you should be able to discern that there is something different about the “S” mintmark.

Lincoln Cent Re-punched mint mark - 1946-S coin #1
Lincoln Cent Re-punched mint mark – 1946-S coin #1

The upper photo shows a strong lower spilt serif. This typically occurs when the mint worker adds a second mintmark on a working die. This is placed on top of a partially struck mintmark.

In this case it looks like the original and partial “S” mintmark was struck to the west. Then the mint worker added a second, stronger and apparent mint mark, placing it slightly to the east.

The creation of re-punched mint marks ceased when the US mint decided to add the mint mark to the master hub so mistakes or varieties like this would not happen any longer. The US Mint started adding the mint marks to master hub dies in the mid 1990’s. That means effectively that mint marks have not been produced for over 25+ years.

I have been tracking prices on the Lincoln Cent re-punched mint marks. One third party grading service is starting to list these re-punched mint marks and the prices are definitely climbing in prices.

Lincoln Cent Re-punched mint mark - 1946-S coin #2
Lincoln Cent Re-punched mint mark – 1946-S coin #2

The majority of the copper Lincoln Cents and re-punched mint marks are between 1940 to 1982. It will be my personal goal to attempt to start listing the Lincoln Cent errors and varieties on this website. The “normal” Lincoln Cents will be listed on our other website https://TheCoinStore.org .

The main reason for me to sell a large portion of the copper Lincoln cent re-punched mint marks and “normal” coins is pretty simple. Beside taking up a pretty good portion of space in the safes that are in storage, I currently don’t have the room on most show tables to provide a good portion of these Lincoln Cent Re-punched mint marks and normal cents.

We will be asking fair-market value pricing on most of these Lincoln Cent re-punched mint marks. The majority will be raw, not slabbed. We will offer for viewing decent photographs of each Lincoln Cent re-punched mint marks.

March 2022: Recent Lincoln Cent re-punched mint marks found !

I have begun digging through hundreds of BU copper Lincoln Cent re-punched mint marks. Here is just a few of that I have found so far. YES ! Drama is everything and these Lincoln Cent re-punched mint marks are going to be slabbed very soon !

This quest is a work in progress. Should we have a major update to this story, we will add a post on this https://MintErrors.org website. Keep an eye on our STORE area on this website as well as https://TheCoinStore.org

Questions about this website or about coins in general ?
Questions about this website or about coins in general ?

3 thoughts on “Lincoln Cent Re-punched mint marks

  1. Whooooa Nellie. I have been going through these Lincoln Cent Re-punched mint marks slowly but surely and so far, with a small amount of effort, I have uncovered two potential “new discoveries”. One is a 1961-D Lincoln Cent in which I have found seven of and the other is a 1946-S Lincoln Cent in which I have found three of. These do not match up with ant existing CONECA listings. A CONECA staff member has stated that they do have promise for a new listing.

    So, these thousands of Lincoln Cent Re-punched mint marks are being gone through, but this will take quite some time. The more dramatic ones, to include any “FS” related finds will be certified and slabbed through ANACS, since the pricing is significantly cheaper than other third party grading services.

  2. Hello,
    I am new to the CONECA. I am having a difficult time extinguishing a filled mint mark from a RPMM. Are the same ?

    1. No, they are not the same.

      A filled in mintmark is usually an issue with debris (grease and die chips) in the mint mark which prohibits the mintmark from showing.

      A Re-Punched Mintmark (RPM) is prior to 1990, mintmarks were added to new working dies by hand. The mint worker would use a mallet and a small rod with a mintmark on it.
      The mint worker would place the mint mark punch onto the die, and then use the mallet to strike it into the die itself. Sometimes, they would either strike the mintmark rod wrong or not hard enough and the result was only a partial mint mark would be seen. So, they would try their best to add another mint mark either on top of the first one, or really close to it. If the mintmark was struck two or more times onto a working die, it is called a re-punched mintmark or RPM.

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