Expert Comments

Jaime Hernandez

The 1916 Matte Proof Lincoln cent has the lowest mintage for the entire Matte Proof
Lincoln cent series, including all non error proof Lincoln cents produced from 1909 to date.

With a total of 600 coins produced, about half of the mintage is still known to exist. It is not the scarcest Matte Proof Lincoln cent since the 1909 V.D.B. is the scarcest. However, the 1916 is the second scarcest cent in the matte proof Lincoln cent series. Additionally, it is also the scarcest one found with complete and original Red surfaces.

Most examples of this coin exist with Red Brown surfaces. This is due, mainly because the Mint at the
time, was packaging proof coins inside tissue paper which contained sulfur. Consequently, causing the coins to naturally tone over time.

Most all 1916 Matte Proof's are very well stuck and exhibit well defined and sharp characteristics. Noteworthy, many 1916 business strike cents are also very well struck and many times, they are confused with the more expensive proof coins. Therefore, authentication is highly recommended.
Diameter
19.00 millimeters
Designer
Victor David Brenner
Edge
Plain
Mintage
1050
Weight
3.11 grams
Metal Content
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
23
Pop Lower
9
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 225 R-6.7 2 / 18 TIE 2 / 18 TIE
All Grades 225 R-6.7 3 / 18 3 / 18
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 7 / 18 TIE 7 / 18 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67BN PCGS grade PR67BN PCGS grade

MPLs – Lincolns of Color (PCGS Set Registry)

2 PR66BN PCGS grade PR66BN PCGS grade
2 PR66BN PCGS grade PR66BN PCGS grade
4 PR65BN PCGS grade PR65BN PCGS grade
4 PR65BN PCGS grade