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1964 Proof Cent slabbed PF68 * RD

This penny is a proof, slabbed in an NGC holder. It has a beautiful red sheen and a highly reflective surface that captures the light, softens it, and then bounces it back like a sun on the horizon. It’s a penny, so maybe I’m getting a bit carried away there.

1968 US Penny PF68 Obverse

1964 US Penny PF68 Obverse

The obverse shows President Abraham Lincoln in profile to the right. The legend “In god we trust” is written in raised letters from 10:00 to 2:00. The motto “Liberty” is to the left of Lincoln, in line with the back of his neck and his beard. The date is to the right of Lincoln’s bowtie and the mint mark (when present) is under the date.

1968 US Penny PF68 Reverse

1964 US Penny PF68 Reverse

The reverse shows the Lincoln Memorial under the country of origin “United States of America” written from 6:00 to 3:00 The legend “E Pluribus Unum” is written above the monument but below the inscription (that is Latin for “Out of many, one”). The denomination “One Cent” is written from 8:00 to 4:00.

Date: 1964

Mint Mark: n/a (Philadelphia)

Mintage: 03,950,762 (0.1489% of the 2,652,525,762 minted that year)

Country of origin: United States

Composition: 95% copper, 5% tin & zinc

Size: 19 mm

Weight: 3.11 grams (0.1097 oz)

Other details: Due to hoarding issues caused by the switch from silver to clad coinage, the minting of proof pennies was suspended from 1965 to 1967.

Slabbed 1968 Proof Cent in PF68

Slabbed 1968 Proof Cent in PF68

Slabbed 1968 Proof Cent in PF68 Reverse

Slabbed 1968 Proof Cent in PF68 Reverse

Estimated Value: $1-2 (although the slabbing does add another $4 or more, IMO)

Swiss 1 Franc 1957 B Silver Coin

The Swiss 1 Franc is a flashy coin, and this one is in great shape. It is slabbed in an NGC slab, so I apologize for the blurry scans.

On the obverse of the coin is an allegorical figure holding a spear and a shield, under a pattern of stars. The stars represent the 25 cantons, and the figure is Helvetia. Confœderatio Helvetica is the personification of the Swiss Confederacy, and she is shown in a flowing gown, with a spear and a shield emblazoned with the Swiss flag (a simple cross on a solid field). She has braided hair and wears a wreath.

The reverse shows a large laurel wreath, enclosing the legend “1 Fr. * 1957”. The mint mark is below the wreath on the reverse.

Swiss 1 Franc Coin 1957 B : Obverse

Swiss 1 Franc Coin 1957 B : Obverse

Swiss 1 Franc Coin 1957 B : Reverse

Swiss 1 Franc Coin 1957 B : Reverse

Identification code: KM-24

Date: 1957

Mint Mark: B (Bern)

Mintage: 6,420,000 (100% of the 1 francs minted that year)

Country of origin: Switzerland

Composition: 83.5% silver

Size: 24mm

Weight: 5g (0.1342 oz ASW)

Other details: The Swiss Franc is pretty remarkable – it’s one of the longest running currency patterns, and the same symbol is used for the half franc, franc, and 2 franc coins. This design has been constant for about 150 years, with only minor changes in composition.

That’s particularly impressive because the Swiss financial scene was a mess before 1850. There were about 75 entities making coins in Switzerland, including 25 cantons and half-cantons, abbeys, and 16 cities, resulting in more than 850 different coins in circulation, with different values, compositions, sizes, and denominations. As a result, when the Swiss Confederation was formed in 1848, about 85% of the currency in circulation had been produced in other countries (notably France, Spain, and German states).

Helvetia is a relatively modern invention. The name is a derivation of the ethnonym Helvetii, the name of the Gaulish tribe inhabiting the Swiss Plateau prior to the Roman conquest, and the allegorical figure first appears around 1670.

Estimated value: $25-30