1918 LINCOLN BRONZE 1C, WHEAT REV MS67 Red
GEM RED. TIED WITH 3 COINS FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
NGC Graded Higher:
WWI came to an end in November of 1918, and the next month, Woodrow Wilson became the first sitting president to travel to Europe. The president believed that his presence at the Paris Peace Conference was necessary after releasing his “14 Points” the year before to acclaim from citizens of both the Allied and the Central powers. The 14 Points laid out a framework for negotiations that Wilson believed would ensure a lasting peace. After arriving in Paris, Wilson met with strong opposition from the French and British delegates who wanted Germany to assume financial responsibility for both countries’ wartime losses. The two European Allies would get their wish with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which in hindsight many believe made a second world war inevitable. The US refused to sign the famously unreasonable treaty and went on to sign a separate treaty with Germany, Austria and Hungary in 1921. Could Wilson have carried this 1918 Lincoln cent to Paris for his failed attempt to prevent another world war?