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1981-S Cent Type 2, FS-501

1981-S Cent Type 2, FS-501

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Greysheet Catalog Details (GSID: 322115)

The 1981-S Cent is part of a series of Lincoln obverse, Memorial reverse coins struck from 1959-2008. The specific variety is Type 2. Struck in San Francisco and designated as a Proof (PR) strike, this coin is made of 95% copper; 5% zinc from a mintage of 4,063,083 struck.
Most 1981 proof cents are of the Type 1 variety, showcasing a closed S mintmark that was also used on 1979 Type 2 and 1980 proof Lincoln cents. However, later in 1981 US Mint officials retooled the S mintmark punches for its proof coins, creating an extremely clear S mintmark with bulbous serifs. Arppximately 10% of all 1981-S proof Lincoln cents were struck with the Type 2 mintmark, and these are much scarcer than Type 1 proofs.
Obverse: Bust of Abraham Lincoln framed by IN GOD WE TRUST on the top periphery. The word LIBERTY to the left of the portait and the date postioned on the right side.
Reverse: Lincoln memorial building centered with words ONE CENT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on top and bottom periphery. E PLURIBUS UNUM centered above the top of the memorial.

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Catalog Detail

GSID: 322115
Coin Date: 1981-S
Denomination: 1c / Cent
Designation: PR
Mint Mark: S
Mint Location: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,063,083
Coinage Type: Lincoln obverse, Memorial reverse
Coinage Years: 1959-2008
Composition: 95% copper; 5% zinc
Variety: Type 2
Variety 2: FS-501
Strike Type: Proof
Diameter: 19 mm
Weight: 3.11 gr
Coin Shape: Round
Designer: Victor Brenner (obverse); Frank Gasparro (reverse)
Obverse Lettering: IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 1981, S
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Frank Gasparro
PCGS #: 531724

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