The reverse of this business strike coin was struck with a reverse proof die accidentally.
There are three recognized dates for the Lincoln cent business strike cents which display a proof reverse design. These are the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Wide AM business strike cents.
The 1998 is the second scarcest of the three. These coins tend to bring about $10 in the lowest condition and up to thousands of dollars in really high mint state grades. Over 100,000 examples for this variety probably exist since there have been multiple dies recognized as striking these coins. In return, each die then strikes tens of thousands of Lincoln cents.
These coins tend to be in great condition and can be easily found in Mint State condition. However, most examples are unquestionably still in circulation. The odds are that they will be in the lower mint state grades and even in circulated grades. PCGS has graded well over 1,000 coins of this variety with most of them being in the MS67 grade. In MS68 grade or higher they are extremely difficult to find and easily worth over $1,000.
The easiest way to determine if a 1993 to 2008 business strike Lincoln cent is struck with a proof reverse die is by looking at the letters AM of AMERICA.
• From 1993 to 2008 business strike Lincoln cents should display the letters AM of AMERICA close to each other and almost touching or the Close AM style reverse. Anything different, is considered a variety or a Mint error.
• From 1994 to 2008, regular proof Lincoln cents display the letters AM of AMERICA separated from each other or the Wide AM style reverse. Anything different, is considered a variety or a Mint error.
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