WEEK # 534 HAPPY FRIDAY ALL!!
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This weeks First and Second place winners will be picked at random…

 

The question must be answered by Saturday at midnight EST.

 

QUESTION:

 

What were the first coins struck at the West Point Mint?

 

This week’s winner will receiveThe 1984-S Dime A mystery Unraveled by Kevin Flynn.

 

There will also be a runner up prize given to a selected player with the correct answer.

 

REMINDER: The Numisma-Quest ends on Saturday at midnight EST. Entries after that time will not be valid. See the Trivia info post for more details

 

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From 1973 to 1986, West Point minted some of our one-cent coins (pennies).

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They struck Lincoln Memorial pennies between 1973-1986 and Bicentennial Washington Quarters 1977-79. They also struck the Roosevelt Dime for 1996

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The first coins struck at the West Point facility were Lincoln cents starting in 1973, when the place was called the West Point Bullion Depository.

 

The first W mintmark appeared in 1984 on the $10 gold torch bearer as part of the Olympiad commemorative set and the first W on circulating denominations in 1998 on the Roosevelt dime in a special mint set.

 

The official branch mint date for West Point was March 31, 1988, when it gained official status as a United States Mint. So in 1988 they were producing platinum, gold and silver bullion issues.

 

 

ps - flynns book is on 1894-s Barber dime

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1984W, Los Angeles Olympial $ 5.00 Gold commemorative coin

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Although the $10 gold coin commemorating the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games was the first coin to carry the West Point mint mark it was not the first coin produced at the West Point Mint. The West Point Mint had produced U.S. coins without Mint Marks since 1973.

 

The first coins produced at the West Point Mint were 1973 through 1986 Lincoln cents. These coins had no mint marks and were indistinguishable from those produced at the Philadelphia Mint.

 

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From 1973 through 1986, the West Point Mint produced Lincoln cents bearing no mint mark

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First coin to bear the "W" mint mark.

September 1983 saw the first appearance of the "W" mint mark (from this still unofficial U.S. Mint) on a $10 gold coin commemorating the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. This was the first legal tender U.S. gold coin since 1933.

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What were the first coins struck at the West Point Mint?

 

Answer: 1974 cents without a mintmark

 

No winner this week!!!

 

 

Thank you for playing and please stop by this Friday for the PMG Numisma-Quest question

 

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Since so many of us said 1973, can you please tell us where to corroborate your information?

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The answer is NOT 1973 Lincoln cent? That means both the US mint and wikepedia are both wrong.? I was interested in what source did you get for 1974 cent?

 

Thanks

Steve

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OK, I have to ask...since all the refences I could find say that they minted cents in 1973, does the correct answer then mean that the minted 1974 no mint mark pennies early in 1973?

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There is only one primary source for the production of coins at the U. S. Mint. This is the Annual Report of the Director of the Mint. This source makes no mention of coinage at West Point during 1973, but it does report that cents were coined there in 1974 and for the next several years.

 

The U. S. Mint's website has been wrong about its own history before, as it is written by non-numismatists, and Wikipedia is only as reliable as the persons contributing to it. This appears to be a case of several secondary sources repeating the same bad information.

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Thanks for the explanation.Guess we all struck out on this one!

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There is only one primary source for the production of coins at the U. S. Mint. This is the Annual Report of the Director of the Mint. This source makes no mention of coinage at West Point during 1973, but it does report that cents were coined there in 1974 and for the next several years.

 

The U. S. Mint's website has been wrong about its own history before, as it is written by non-numismatists, and Wikipedia is only as reliable as the persons contributing to it. This appears to be a case of several secondary sources repeating the same bad information.

 

Thank you for that information. I have corrected the Wikipedia article to reflect the accurate start date.

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