1998 P Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents : Wide AM

Copper Plated Zinc Penny

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Frank Gasparro
Metal Composition: 97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper after 1982

Diameter: 19 mm
Mass / Weight: 2.5 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1998 Wide AM Lincoln Memorial Cent Penny
The US Mint produced two major varieties of the 1998 Lincoln Memorial Cent (Penny). The most common variety for the Philadelphia-minted 1998 is the close "AM" variety. Although the one shown above is the rarer wide "AM" variety for this year and mint.

In the word "AMERICA" on the reverse of the coin: The close "AM" meant that the letters "A" and "M" were very close and almost touching while the wide "AM" had the two letters separated much more. In Addition: The initials "FG" was closer to the Lincoln Memorial Building on the wide "AM" variety and it was further away on the close "AM" variety. The difference between the close "AM" and wide "AM" varieties are shown in the example image below. Click the image to enlarge:

Wide AM vs Close AM  on Reverse of Lincoln Memorial Cent (Penny) - Difference and Comparison
Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
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About Uncirculated

MELT VALUE: $0.0117

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