The only book devoted entirely to matte proof Lincoln Cents. Over 250 color and black and white photos provide die diagnostics descriptions to identify and authenticate matte proof Lincoln Cents. Included are die state diagnostics and photographs of previously unpublished diagnostics and die combinations.
The book also presents an analysis of the striking characteristics of Lincoln Cent matte proofs. Lincoln Cent matte proofs were struck on a hydrolic press at much greater pressure than that used for ordinary business strikes. Side-by-side comparison photographs of matte proofs and early die state business strikes show the details of primary design elements, rims, edges and corners. Different striking characteristics were found for each year on the design elements while the rims and edges were similar in width, flatness and general appearance for most years. The primary difference on most years was the sharpness of the corners on matte proofs. For other years, the corners on the business strikes were also sharp. This book helps the reader understand what to expect on a matte proof cent on a year-by-year basis.
The date-by-date analysis presented for the series includes an analysis of striking characteristics, surface characteristics, scarcity, general comments, Heritage auction prices realized, current values and certified population counts.
A detailed analysis of all the silver and minor proof issues from 1909 to 1916 includes all delivery dates for each series. This information shows how many coins were delivered and how they were distributed, whether in minor sets, silver sets, or individually. Archive letters are also included that show how many collectors did not get 1909 VDB proof coins and were upset that the mint did not notify collectors of the availability of the new proof coins.
Publication Date: March 2009