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On most coins, the mint mark can be easily found by carefully looking at the coin. Look at the front first; that is where most of the mint marks of the newer coins starting in 1968 can be found. Now try the reverse; that is where most mint marks are before 1965, if you cannot find the mint mark, remember that the coin may have been minted at Philadelphia and there will not be any.

U.S. Mints & The Mint Marks

( P ) - Philadelphia
( D ) - Denver
( S ) - San Francisco
( W ) - West Point

Older coins may have letters other than "D" or "S"
These letters represent old closed down mints listed below

( C ) for Charlotte, North Carolina (on gold coins only)
( CC ) for Carson City, Nevada
( D ) Dahlonega, Georga-used only for gold coins minted 1838-1861
( 0 ) for New Orleans, Louisiana

On some gold coins
minted from 1838 to 1861, you may find the letter
( D ) Showing the coin was minted at Dahlonega, Georgia

the Denver Mint was not yet in operation


Listing of each type of U.S Coins
and where to find their Mint Marks...

Half Cents-All Half Cents were minted at the Philadelphia Mint, thus they had no mint mark..

Large Cents-All Large Cents were minted at the Philadelphia Mint, thus no mint mark..

Flying Eagle Cents-All Flying Eagle Cents were minted at the Philadelphia Mint, thus no mint mark..

Indian Cents-on only Two years, 1908 & 1909, under the wreath on the back of the coin..

Lincoln Cents-on the front, under the date..

Two Cent Piece-All Two Cent Pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint, thus no mint mark..

Three Cent Pieces-All Three Cent Pieces were minted at the Philadelphia Mint (no mint mark), except 1851 which were minted in New Orleans ( O ) mint mark on the back to the right of the Roman Number III)..

Shield Nickels-All of the Shield Nickels were minted at the Philadelphia Mint, thus no mint mark..

Liberty Nickels-All Liberty Nickels were minted at the Philadelphia Mint (no mint mark), except the 1912 that may have a D or S on the back to the left of the word CENTS..

Buffalo Nickels-found on the back under the words FIVE CENTS..

Jefferson Nickels-1938-1964 on he back to the right of the building..
1968 to present day on the front near the date..
1942-1945 (The War Years) Mint Mark above the Dome of the Monticello Building..

Half Dimes-on the back either in or below the wreath..

Bust Dimes-All bust Dimes were minted at the Philadelphia Mint, thus no mint mark..

Seated Dimes-on the back either in or just below the wreath..

Barber Dimes-on back centered on the bottom near rim..

Mercury Dimes-on back bottom left of the fasces (Looks like a pole)..

Roosevelt Dimes-1946-1964 on the back, the bottom left of the torch..
1968 and up on front above the date..

Twenty Cent Pieces-on back under the Eagle..

Bust Quarters-All Bust Quarters were minted at the Philadelphia Mint, thus no mint mark..

Seated Quarters-on back under the Eagle above Quarter Dollar..

Barber Quarters-on back under the Eagle above Quarter Dollar..

Standing Liberty Quarters-on front small mint mark above date just to the left..

Washington Quarters-1946-1964, on the back, centered under the Eagle..
1968 and up, on front to the right of the hair ribbon..

Bust Half Dollars-on the front above the date..

Seated Half Dollars-on the back just below the Eagle (above HALF DOLLAR)..

Barber Half Dollars-on the back just below the Eagle (above HALF DOLLAR)..

Standing Liberty Half Dollars-1916 & some 1917 on the front just below TRUST..
1917-1947, on back, lower left just below branch..

Ben Franklin Half Dollars-on back, centered above the Liberty Bell beam..

Kennedy Half Dollars-1964 on back to the left of the olive branch near claw..
1968 and up, on front centered above date near neck..

Bust Dollars-on the back under the Eagle..

Liberty Seated Dollars-on the back under the Eagle..

Morgan Dollars-on the back under the Eagle..

Peace Dollars-on back , left side at tip of Eagles Wing..

Trade Dollars-on back under the Eagle..



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