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PCGS No: 3160


Circulation strikes: 442,400,000 (through January 2000)

Designer: Obverse by Victor David Brenner; reverse by Frank Gasparro

Diameter: 19 millimeters

Metal content:
Pure Copper plating over:
Zinc - 99.2%
Copper - 0.8%

Weight: 39 grains (2.5 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) below the date

The recent discovery of two different types of 2000 Lincoln Cents created a flurry of excitement in numismatics.  The difference between the two types is readily apparent.  Type 1 (known as the “Regular Business Strike Reverse”) shows the A and M of AMERICA almost touching.  On Type 2 (known as the “Proof Style Reverse”), the A and the M are well separated.

The Type 2 variety is considerably rarer than the Type 1 since Proof dies represent a fraction of the dies used to strike 2000 Lincoln Cents.  Proof dies were intended to strike Proof coins, not coins for circulation.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-69RD's.

The finest Uncirculated "Wide Am" Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67RD.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service