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    1964 SMS Cent, SP67 Red
    Rare Experimental Strike

    1964 1C SMS SP67 Red PCGS. The circumstances surrounding the production of these 1964 Special Mint Set cents is shrouded in mystery. It is believed they were possibly produced as prototypes for the SMS coins that were eventually struck in 1965 through 1967. David Lange has speculated, "These pieces were probably coined at the Philadelphia Mint in the Summer or Fall of 1965, at which time the 1964 date was still in use by authority of the Act of September 3, 1964." He also allows for the possibility that they were struck at the San Francisco Mint. We know that the 20 to 50 coins extant (no one really knows how many were made) were acquired by Lester Merkin from the estate of former Mint Director Eva Adams and first offered publicly in 1993. Even today, auction appearances for the 1964 SMS cent are rare. The last example we handled was an MS66 Red representative as part of our FUN 2010 Signature sale, where it realized $7,187.50.

    This Superb Gem has the distinctive satiny mint luster and fine die polish lines that identify all experimental strikings. Definition is complete, and attractive pumpkin-gold surfaces offer lovely rose and orange accents. A bit of grease is noted on Lincoln's shoulder (as struck). Population: 5 in 67 Red, 2 finer (11/18).(Registry values: P1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 3284)

    Weight: 3.11 grams

    Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Zinc


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