When the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo takes place at the end of March, it will, as always, feature an estimable array of collectible coins and paper money. Stack’s Bowers Galleries will hold a series of auctions, and its “Rarities Night” will, as usual, offer up a host of beautiful coins. Among those that are not “as usual” will be a 1913 Lincoln cent in nearly flawless condition—in fact, at MS-67 RD, it is the finest certified example of that year.
On the Stack’s Bowers blog, numismatist and cataloger James McCartney writes,
With a mintage of 76.5 million coins, the 1913 Lincoln cent is readily available up through Gem Mint State, but the population dwindles severely at the Superb Gem level. It is among the rarest Philadelphia cents of the early 20th century to locate in MS-67 or finer, with perhaps only the 1914 being slightly more elusive. PCGS notes just nine examples of the 1913 issue certified at the MS-67 RD level, though that number is undoubtedly inflated by resubmissions. This exclusive group is surpassed by just the MS-67+ RD example we have the pleasure of offering in our upcoming sale.
This Superb Gem specimen, offered in lot 3019 of our March auction, represents the pinnacle of both preservation and execution. Vibrant tangerine and pinkish hues are noted on serene surfaces that are bathed in richly satiny luster. The design elements are sharp in the peripheries and undisturbed by the softness and fatigue that sometimes plague this mintage. For those seeking the very finest survivor of this early Lincoln cent date, the present piece is an important opportunity. Participants in the PCGS Set Registry will be sure to take note as this incredible lot crosses the auction block.
The coin will be lot #3019 of session 5, held March 30, 2017. Auction lots can be viewed online, or interested parties can contact the offices of Stack’s Bowers Galleries at 1-800-458-4646 for a catalog. ❑