The three coins above are three different shots I took of a Lincoln Cent in an old Whitman folder in the 1922-D hole. The question I have is could this be an actual 1922 Lincoln Cent?
Lincoln Cent in 1922
1921 saw the end of the Morgan Dollar and the introduction of the Peace Dollar, but only a little over a million were minted that year. The mint decided to add many more silver dollars in 1922. To do this, they didn’t mint any nickels, dimes, quarters or half dollars during 1922. All three mints, Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco would produce the new Peace Dollars. With the Philadelphia mint working heavily on minting Peace Dollars, over 51,000,000 minted in 1922, this left Denver to mint cents as well as dollars. By the end of the year, Denver would produce 7,160,000 Lincoln Cents and just over 15,000,000 Peace Dollars.
It’s been told that there are three varieties of the 1922-D due to the overuse of the coin dies. The most common 1922 Lincoln Cents have the “D” mint mark, but there are some that had a weaker “D” or no “D” at all. They say the last “2” is clearer than the other digits, but with the wear of my coin, you can barely see the last “2”. Look at the pics of the top of this article, I can’t see a mint mark on this coin.
Now you might say, would no “D” mint mark mean more money? Absolutely! A regular 1922-D cent could be worth between $20 and $75 in circulation. A weak “D’ cent goes up to between $25 and $150. No “D” mint mark will give you between $600 and $4,500 in circulation. Looking at the wear of my 1922-D Lincoln Cent, if it has no “D”, I could be looking at a $600 coin. Woohoo!
Well, I decided to take another picture of it, and…
it looks like it’s a 1922-D. Drat!!! I was hoping not to find a mint mark, but it looks like there is a “D” under the date. Oh well, it’s still worth $20, and I have it in the right hole in the Whitman folder.
Have you ever had this experience before when you tried to determine what coin you had? Hope you had success finding out what it is. If there is anyone out there who actually has 1922-D with no mint mark, let me know. I’d love to see it!