1959 1C, CAM PR67CAM Certification #81600853, PCGS #83386

Expert Comments

Jaime Hernandez

This is the first year in which the Mint struck Proof Lincoln cents with a Memorial reverse design. Most coins came in nice condition ranging from PR63 to PR65 quality. Most of the nicer coins above grade PR65 were more than likely cherry picked from Proof Sets and submitted to get graded since coins of PR66 quality coins and higher command a premium over the entire Proof Set itself.

In grades of PR67, they are hardly encountered and most of these coins have already been removed from Proof Sets. In PR68 condition they are now considered scarce and there is strong competition by collectors to try to find them in this condition or higher. In PR69 condition, they are very scarce and this is the highest condition that someone can currently find since PCGS has not graded any examples higher than PR69.

Cameo: In cameo, 1959 proof Lincoln cents are somewhat difficult to obtain but yet are available without much searching either at coin shows or online. They are also more easily available than Proof cents from 1950-58 in Cameo condition.

 

PCGS #
83386
Designer
Victor David Brenner/Frank Gasparro
Edge
Plain
Diameter
19.00 millimeters
Weight
3.11 grams
Mintage
1149291
Metal
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Pop Higher
60
Pop Lower
272
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 250000 R-1.8 5 / 9 5 / 9
All Grades 250000 R-1.8 5 / 9 5 / 9
60 or Better 200000 R-1.9 4 / 9 TIE 4 / 9 TIE
65 or Better 250000
All Grades 250000
60 or Better 200000
65 or Better R-1.8
All Grades R-1.8
60 or Better R-1.9
65 or Better 5 / 9
All Grades 5 / 9
60 or Better 4 / 9 TIE
65 or Better 5 / 9
All Grades 5 / 9
60 or Better 4 / 9 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR69CAM PCGS grade
1 PR69CAM PCGS grade
1 PR69CAM PCGS grade
1 PR69CAM PCGS grade
1 PR69CAM PCGS grade
#1 PR69CAM PCGS grade
#1 PR69CAM PCGS grade
#1 PR69CAM PCGS grade
#1 PR69CAM PCGS grade
#1 PR69CAM PCGS grade