1998 S Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents : Close AM

Copper Plated Zinc Penny

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: San Francisco

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 S Close AM Lincoln Memorial Cent Penny Proof
The US Mint produced two major varieties of the 1998 S Proof Lincoln Memorial Cent (Penny). The most common variety for the San Francisco minted 1998 S coin is the wide "AM" variety. Although the one shown above is the rarer close "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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MELT VALUE: $0.0114

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