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What Are Some Books About Lincoln Cent Collecting


If you are a Lincoln Cent Collector, there is good news for you when it comes to available books.  While there are some older books out there, there are also several books that have come out in the last 10 years.  I will touch/review the 3 I think are the best 

A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents (The Official Red Book) by Q. David Bowers icon

The Official Red Book series, not to be confused by the “Red Book”, is a great line of books by Whitman.  The book for Lincoln Cents follows in the same tradition as all other “Official Red Book” books.  Released in 2008, the book provides a history of cents in general and then the Lincoln Cent.  This sort of introductory information seems to be an obligatory chapter or two in every Lincoln book.  If you are beginning to collect cents, it is good and useful information to have.  Most advanced collectors probably already are familiar with this information.

Once you get beyond these chapters, the book gives a page by page overview of each and every Lincoln Cent ever made.  This is where it is worth the cost of the book.  Ever wonder why you cannot find a certain year and mint in a certain condition?  Well, this book will tell you.   

The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents by David W. Langeicon

Released in 2005, The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents covers all aspects of the Lincoln cent series with comprehensive listings from the first Lincoln cent of 1909 through the famous 1995 doubled-die.  The author of the book is David Lange who has written several books regarding coin collecting.  At the time of this writing, Mr. Lange is employed by NGC.

Much like the Whitman book, every date and mint is illustrated, including proof issues. As with every coin book, there is a chapter or section devoted to the history to the coin featured in the title.  There is much information regarding the production of the Lincoln cent, the engraver and mint officials who designed it, as well as a biography of Abraham Lincoln.

While not specifically related to actual coins, the book has letters between Brenner, Barber, Leach (Director) and others and the details about Brenner and how the Lincoln cent came about. Additionally like any good about a series, the book contains information regarding error cents, counterfeit and altered coins, grading, design changes, pattern and experimental coins, etc.

Unlike most books, this is a large book and measures 8.5 x 11, just like a piece of paper.  It is also almost an inch thick.  You certainly get your money’s worth in weight.  One interesting thing is the book was published in 2005 yet the book only goes through 1995.

Looking Through Lincoln Cents: A Chronology of a Series by Charles D. Daughtreyicon

Another book released in 2005, this book is different from the others.  It specifically focuses on varieties for each year.  The author is Charles D. Daughtrey.  The title is somewhat misleading as it never mentions that the book focuses on varieties, but if you are into varieties, this is a must book. 

There are also a few pages dedicated to grading which it seems all books cover.  As is the case (in my opinion) in all coin books that cover grading, this area is lacking, BUT, I must give the author some credit as he actually covers a few examples in MS condition.  Other books give general guidelines while this book provides a few examples that you can follow along with.

As Always, Happy Collecting.

Keith Scott has been a collector for over 30 years. His website has US coins for sale. He also writes Coin Collecting Articles for fun. Visit his websites for a history of US coins, metal market updates and news about your favorite coins.


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