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Lincoln Cents... your first Love?

lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,476 ✭✭✭✭✭

Like a lot of other collectors, I started out collecting as a kid and gravitated towards Lincoln Wheat Cents because I could collect them from circulation at the time and they fit the budget of an 8 year old. I've long since moved away from actively collecting them, but I still have a number of Wheat Cents hanging around in my collection.... mostly remnants of a full date-MM set that's been partially sold off to fund other projects. Here's one... All of the remaining set is raw

Collecting: Dansco 7070; Middle Date Large Cents (VF-AU); Box of 20;

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  • TitusFlaviusTitusFlavius Posts: 315 ✭✭✭

    Nice example! I too started off with Lincoln cents, although wheaties were pretty scarce by the time I got started. My interests have since drifted back to the ancient world, but someday I'll get that 1909-S VDB to finally finish off the set!

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  • moursundmoursund Posts: 3,207 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I used to like Wheaties, but now it hurts my eyes to try to look at the mint marks.

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  • CoinHoarderCoinHoarder Posts: 2,313 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 10, 2021 12:58AM

    I was into wheaties for many years. I have most of the key dates, and a pretty nice set.

    But in recent years, I have no interest in coins that do not contain silver or gold. Preferably, as close to spot as possible.

  • thebeavthebeav Posts: 3,731 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Of course.....
    Dad brought home some Whitman blue books, numbers 1 and 2. Off to the races with my brother.
    Having an uncle move to San Francisco in the mid 60's sure helped with the 'S' mints.

  • I began collecting Lincoln Cents. I had a nearly complete PCGS graded set but sold it off a few years ago. Now, I avoid most things that are not silver however, I will snag another 09 S-VDB and 14-D at some point just to say I have them in my collection.

    Collector of Circulated Winged Liberty Head Dimes (Mercury Dimes)

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I still put away any wheat cents I get in change.... They still show up, two or three a month. One day I will get around to going through them all...Some cold, snowy day when I am all caught up on projects, other hobbies and not working. Been putting them in jars for at least forty years.... Cheers, RickO

  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    close.

    large cents.

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  • moursundmoursund Posts: 3,207 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wheaties are ok, but steelies are great. I have a few stuck to magnets on my desk that I play with as stress relief.

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  • oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,463 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Started in the '50s with the Whitman folders. Have assembled and sold two nice sets. I have some in my type set and some early proofs, and may add an SVDB for the heck of it, Still have a soft spot for the Lincolns but I don't think I'll try for another set...probably.

  • TurtleCatTurtleCat Posts: 4,583 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have a nearly full set of cents from 1909-1995 in a Whitman album. It wasn't my first love. I mainly started it because I had a huge number I could use from my mom's hoard she inherited. Over the years I've gotten it mostly complete. Just missing the keys now, basically. I don't know if I'll bother with buying and cracking out,

    Did the same thing with my Jeff album 1938-1975. Got almost all out of circulation and bought what I needed to finish. Nearly done with the Merc and Wash 1932-1974 set.

  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 7,628 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 10, 2021 11:51AM

    As a kid I used to ride my bike to the area banks and get rolls of cents and search them for wheaties right in their parking lots. I still search bags in my spare time but mostly have moved on to finding and collecting higher grade Flying Eagles.

    "When they can't find anything wrong with you, they create it!"

  • vplite99vplite99 Posts: 1,143 ✭✭✭✭

    Yes, I first collected cents, but my first "love" was nickels. When I was rowing up in the 50s there were plenty of silver war nickels in circulation and they were easy to identify from the oversized mint marks. My dad tipped off to pull these out of change. My start to silver stacking.

    Vplite99
  • bearcavebearcave Posts: 3,993 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Ken
  • CoinscratchCoinscratch Posts: 7,430 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes and only 4 years in its still my favorite. Now dabbling in the other denominations yet I can’t see leaving the Lincoln’s anytime soon.

    I’m obsessed with finding the highest grades and often times I feel like I’m living on Oak Island.

  • The_Dinosaur_ManThe_Dinosaur_Man Posts: 742 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Lincoln Memorial Cents in Proof were the first collection I completed as a youngster. I'm doing the same series again, this time including Proof Shield Cents and Wheaties, all raw. I'd like to build a dedicated book soon for them.


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  • OKbustchaserOKbustchaser Posts: 5,410 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Lincolns were what I used to buy large cents.

    Just because I'm old doesn't mean I don't love to look at a pretty bust.
  • gumby1234gumby1234 Posts: 5,170 ✭✭✭✭✭

    When I was young I used to find Indian Head cents , Mercury dimes and wheat back cents in my change. I think the Mercury dimes were more exciting to find for me. Then when I was a teen with a paper route I had 1 customer that would pay me with Kennedy halves.

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  • CryptoCrypto Posts: 3,119 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 11, 2021 5:31AM
  • moursundmoursund Posts: 3,207 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Crypto said:
    Close, Indians

    Close, but no (wooden indian) cigar...

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  • First and current love. So many great coins in the series. List goes on and on.

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