Expert Comments

Ron Guth

 

The 1915 Lincoln Cent is very scarce as a Matte Proof, especially with full Red color.  By 1915, interest in Matte Proofs waned and the number of coins sold decreased steadily until they were discontinued after 1916.  Collectors simply did not warm up to the unusual finish on Matte Proofs.  

In 1915, the Mint made 1,150 Matte Proofs, down from a high of 4,118 Matte Proofs in 1910.  

The key to value and desirability with Matte Proofs is a combination of color and spotting.  The redder the color and the cleaner the surfaces, the more valuable the coin.

 

Diameter
19.00 millimeters
Designer
Victor David Brenner
Edge
Plain
Mintage
1150
Weight
3.11 grams
Metal Content
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
37
Pop Lower
99
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 250 R-6.6 3 / 19 3 / 19
All Grades 250 R-6.6 3 / 19 3 / 19
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 2 / 19 TIE 2 / 19 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66+RB PCGS grade PR66+RB PCGS grade
2 PR66+RB PCGS grade
2 PR66RB PCGS grade PR66RB PCGS grade
2 PR66RB PCGS grade PR66RB PCGS grade
2 PR66RB PCGS grade PCGS #3322 (PR, Red and Brown)     66