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Proof Lincoln Cents

Proof Lincoln Cents

  • The Lincoln Cent has been struck in proof format for collectors at various times within the series. The earliest proofs were struck with a matte finish before a uniformly brilliant finish was adopted. Within the modern era, the coins have been struck with a cameo proof finish featuring frosted raised design elements against a mirrored background.
  • The early Matte Proof Lincoln Cents were struck from dies with the surfaces lightly etched, creating a lightly pebbled or grainy surface. The coins were struck on polished planchets on a medal press which struck the coins at slow speed to bring up the full details of the design. These matte proofs are also differentiated from regular circulation strikes by the squared edges of the rims. Collectors may want to pursue these early proofs only in certified grading holders since the difference between a sharply struck circulation strike and matte proof can be difficult to detect.
  • From 1909 to 1916, the matte proof cents were struck in relatively small numbers. Since the coins were not as distinguishable from circulation strikes as brilliant proofs they were unpopular with some collectors. During this period, the 1909 with the designer’s initials “V.D.B.” on the reverse and the 1916 were the lowest mintage issues. Any issue with original red coloration or multi-colored toning commands collector attention and drives a premium.
  • The production of Proof Lincoln Cents resumed in 1936. For the first portion of the year, coins were struck with only partially mirrored surfaces, which came to be known as the Type I or satin proof versions. Later in the year, production of fully brilliant proofs or Type II commenced and would continue until 1942 when proof production was suspended due to the Second World War.
  • After a hiatus, proof coin production would begin again in 1950 and run through 1964 when the Mint offered packaged sets containing one example of each circulation strike coin in proof format. The Proof Sets quickly garnered collector attention and mintage levels spiraled upwards during this era reaching a peak in 1964.
  • From 1968 to present, Proof Lincoln Cents have been struck at the San Francisco Mint and carry the “S” mint mark. These coins were once again included within the annually issued proof sets together with the other denominations in proof format. Although mintages during this era are high, examples which have obtained the highest grades at PCGS or NGC can command significant premiums.

Matte Proof Lincoln Cent Mintages

1909 VDB 1,194
1909 2,618
1910 4,118
1911 1,725
1912 2,172
1913 2,983
1914 1,365
1915 1,150
1916 1,050

Proof Lincoln Cent Mintages

1936 5,569
1937 9,320
1938 14,734
1939 13,520
1940 15,872
1941 21,100
1942 32,600
1950 51,386
1951 57,500
1952 81,980
1953 128,800
1954 233,300
1955 378,200
1956 669,384
1957 1,247,952
1958 875,652
1959 1,149,291
1960 1,691,602
1961 3,028,244
1962 3,218,019
1963 3,075,645
1964 3,950,762
1968-S 3,041,506
1969-S 2,934,631
1970-S 2,632,810
1971-S 3,220,733
1972-S 3,260,996
1973-S 2,760,339
1974-S 2,612,568
1975-S 2,845,450
1976-S 4,149,730
1977-S 3,251,152
1978-S 3,127,781
1979-S 3,677,175
1980-S 3,554,806
1981-S 4,063,083
1982-S 3,857,479
1983-S 3,279,126
1984-S 3,065,110
1985-S 3,362,821
1986-S 3,010,497
1987-S 4,227,728
1988-S 3,262,948
1989-S 3,220,194
1990-S 3,299,559
1991-S 2,867,787
1992-S 4,176,560
1993-S 3,394,792
1994-S 3,269,923
1995-S 2,797,481
1996-S 2,525,265
1997-S 2,796,678
1998-S 2,086,507
1999-S 3,347,966
2000-S 4,047,993
2001-S 3,184,606
2002-S 3,211,995
2003-S 3,298,439
2004-S 2,965,422
2005-S 3,344,679
2006-S 3,054,436
2007-S 2,577,166
2008-S 2,169,561
2009-S Birthplace 2,995,615
2009-S Formative Years 2,995,615
2009-S Professional Life 2,995,615
2009-S Presidency 2,995,615
2010-S 1,689,216
2011-S 1,673,010
2012-S 1,237,415
2013-S 1,237,926

 

taken from: http://lincolncents.net/