Were there any competing designs for the new cent in 1909? Who designed the wheat reverse?
Victor David Brenner was selected as the designer by President Theodore Roosevelt, without any competition, at least from outside the Mint. The wheat ears design was one of three submitted by Brenner, a point often overlooked in the publicity given the obverse. It’s ironic, considering the controversy about his name and initials on the cent, that if he designed both sides of a coin in 2005, his initials would have appeared on both sides without the slightest question.
Did Reader’s Digest magazine play a part in the 1955 hub-doubled cent?
In 1955, the magazine sent out subscription solicitations with two one-cent coins attached to the card to pay return postage. In at least one instance, John L. O’Neil of Chenango Bridge, N.Y. kept the two coins and later discovered they were 1955 hub-doubled cents.
I have a 1957-D cent with a widely doubled date that I bought for $75 about 50 years ago. What is it worth today?
Sorry, but it’s worth $74.99 less than what you paid for it. The doubling, despite being listed in one price guide for years, is worthless machine-doubling damage. Any value would depend on the grade, rather than the doubling.
I have a 1965 Statue of Liberty medal dated 1965 for the American Museum of Immigration. Can you tell me what the issue price was?
There was a 2.50-inch bronze version, which sold for $4, and a 1.25-inch .900 silver version priced at $10. Both were struck at the Philadelphia Mint, with the silver limited to 5,000 pieces. Weight of the silver is not available.
Is there a law that regulated how long a coin may be struck?
There’s no blanket law covering all issues, but in the case of laws authorizing a specific issue (usually a commemorative) there may be provisions regulating the length of time a coin is to be minted, or the number to be minted, as with the Bicentennial coins. Without such a law, it looks like the Lincoln cent will be with us forever.
I have a 1939 Canada dollar that has no designer’s initials on the reverse. Don’t all of the Canadian dollars show the initials?
In this case, all of the 1939 dollars are missing the EH initials of Emanuel Hahn. They were on the original design, but were removed by some unknown government official.
Any idea how many tokens were struck by Dr. Feuchtwanger?
As far as I can determine, there are no accurate figures on the quantities he struck. The statement is made that he had 1.5 million of his one-cent tokens struck, plus an undetermined number of the three-cent pieces.