1909 1C Lincoln, RD PR67RD

CERTIFICATION#: 05438226
PCGS#: 3305

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Jaime Hernandez: This is the first year in which they produced Matte Proof Lincoln Cents. All Matte Proof Lincoln Cents have considerably low mintages ranging anywhere from about 1,050 to 4,118. The 1909 Matte Proof Lincoln Cent has a reported mintage of 2,618 coins truck. Therefore, it is not the most common in the Matte Proof Lincoln Cent series or the scarcest. It is however difficult to obtain just like any other Matte Proof Lincoln Cent since very few were made for a series that tends to be extremely popular amongst coin collectors.

As far as surviving examples there are much less than the reported mintage. There are probably anywhere around 1,000 - 1,400 that survive in all grades combined. 

Ron Guth: In April 2010, Brian Wagner and Kevin Flynn announced the discovery of a new, second die pair used to strike Matte Proof Lincoln cents in 1909.  The new die pair exhibits the following characteristics:

Obverse:

Heavy die scratch from left bottom of N of IN to center of N. Several vertical die scratches above IN GOD. Several small die scratches between GO of GOD. Several small die scratches in field below second T of TRUST. Heavy die scratch from left bottom of T of LIBERTY through the R.

Reverse:

Die scratch from M of UNUM left into the field above E of ONE. Horizontal die scratch in field to the right of the C of CENT. Die scratch from the center of E to the N of CENT. Die scratch through the middle of UN of UNITED. Small over large TE of UNITED. Die scratch through the lower TAT of STATES. Die chip next to the rim at 3 o'clock.

Because of the rarity of this die pair in a year that has been studied intensively by numismatists, Wagner and Flynn believe this was a die pair used in December 1909 to produce 180 Proof coins to either finish Proof sets for this year or to satisfy collector demand.

It will be interesting to see how quickly [after June 14, 2010] additional examples will be discovered now that this die pair is known.

UPDATE: In April 2014, Brian Wagner indicated that, after reviewing every appearance of 1909 Matte Proof Lincoln Cents, he could only find 12 examples from this new, second die pair.  Out of 43 1909 Matte Proof Lincoln Cents illustrated on PCGS CoinFacts, only six were from the second die pair.

Diameter: 19.00 millimeters Designer: Victor David Brenner Edge: Plain
Mintage: 2,198 Weight: 3.11 grams Metal Content: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 355 R-6.2 10 / 26 10 / 26
60 or Better 355 R-6.2 10 / 26 10 / 26
65 or Better 199 R-7.0 10 / 26 10 / 26

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68RD PCGS grade  
2 PR67RD PCGS grade
2 PR67RD PCGS grade  
2 PR67RD PCGS grade  
2 PR67RD PCGS grade