Steve writes: I have a question on Lincoln Cents for 1949 & 1954. I have a graded set of Lincolns from 1909 thru 1998. All my Lincolns from the 30’s to 90’s were all graded MS66 or better but the 1949 thru 1954 only came back graded MS65. Are these years difficult to find in the higher grades?
Yes, some of these dates are tough in high grades. The hardest to find in nice condition of this group is the 1954-P. It has a low mintage, in fact, the lowest since the depression date of 1933. Only about 71 million were struck, few were saved and the majority look like hell. You’re lucky to have found a 1954 Lincoln in MS65.