Unique 1915 Lincoln Cent Struck on 75/25 Cu-Ni Planchet (PCGS XF
1915 Lincoln Cent Struck on 75/25 Cu-Ni Planchet PCGS XF 45 Unique.
Provided by U.S. Mint error coin dealer Michael S. Byers of Byers Numismatic
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This is the only authenticated and certified Lincoln Cent off-metal
prior to 1919. It was recently featured in a front page Coin World
article and described as a possible Mint Experiment Test Piece. This was
struck on a full-size planchet of Nickel composition. Pollock lists as
#2028, "Nickel. Plain edge. Unique? Listed in Judd as being a Mint
S&N Labs analyzed this unique off-metal for elemental composition
using scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive x-ray
spectrometry (SEM-EDX). The composition was a copper-nickel alloy.
This is the same alloy that was used to strike the Buffalo Nickels
during this time period. To view a unique 1920 Buffalo Nickel struck on
a full-size copper planchet, authenticated and certified by NGC, click
This unique 1915 Lincoln Cent is on a full-size planchet as the rims
are full and sharp. If it was struck on a foreign planchet, there would
be weakness in the rims.
Provided by Michael
Byers of Byers Numismatic Corp. (byersnc.com)