United States Mint Releases Special Penny with Mark for Philadelphia

The United States Mint recently released a coin that should excite local numismatists – also known as coin collectors – with its nod to Philadelphia.

Employees at the Philadelphia Mint, located in Old City, suggested the 2017 release of the Lincoln-emblazoned cent should include the letter "P" beneath the year, according to

Only to be released this year, the pennies mark the first time the one-cent coin has had the city's "P" mint mark, the outlet said.

The first known individual to publicly inquire about the 2017-P Lincoln cent is Terry Granstaff, a collector who found a 2017-P Lincoln cent during a transaction at a Black Mountain, North Carolina, gas station. Granstaff posted images of the coin the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) online discussion board, causing a numismatic stir on the PCGS message forum before the authenticity of the coin was finally verified.

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