Impressive 1922 No D Strong Reverse Cent, MS64 Red and Brown1922 No D 1C Strong Reverse MS64 Red and Brown NGC. An amazing example of the popular 1922 No D cent with the strong reverse. Multiple die varieties have been described as 1922 No D cents in recent times, including by the various grading services. Only examples like the present piece, from the Strong Reverse die pair, also known as Die Pair 2, are the true No D cents. Years ago, all others were called 1922 Weak D cents, and carried little premium.
The interest in this variety is a result of the 1922 cent production occurring only at the Denver Mint. Had additional pieces been coined in Philadelphia in 1922, the variety would never have been recognized. David Lange writes in The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents: "The significance and great value attached to the 1922 cent without mintmark D is based entirely on the curious coincidence of no cents being coined at the Philadelphia Mint during 1922. There's no telling how many other times that cents were issued from the branch mints without a visible mintmark; such pieces are automatically branded as P-Mint coins, though the generally poor state of the dies would be a clue to their real status."
Over the years, and even until quite recently, there has been some difference of opinion regarding the importance of this variety. While it is known today that the No D was the result of dressing or lapping a clash marked obverse die, in the process removing all signs of the mintmark. The old reverse die was discarded, and replaced with a new die. In 1945, an article in The Numismatist explained the variety as a simple weak strike, and as recently as 2005, one explanation was that they were produced from grease filled dies.
This amazing cent is fully and completely lustrous with nearly full red mint frost that is just beginning to show evidence of pale lilac and blue toning on the highpoints and in the fields. A realistic estimate seems to be about 70% original red color.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 22C9, PCGS# 3286)
Weight: 3.11 grams
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin & Zinc
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