Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1916 1C PF obverse 1916 1C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Most collectors sought complete proof sets at the beginning of the year and held off all purchases awaiting the arrival of the three new silver types. The Mint, assuming that these coins would be ready by mid-year, declined to strike proofs of the old Barber dimes, quarters and halves. The new silver coins, however, were not ready to issue until very late in 1916, and it was too to strike proofs. This meant that the only proofs sold that year were those included in the minor proof sets of cents and nickels. Thus it was that this date became a key to the short-lived matte/satin proof Lincoln series. The U. S. Mint, frustrated with this development and vexed by the textured surfaces of the new coins which prevented brilliant polishing, simply discontinued proof sales after 1916.

Further improvements to the obverse master hub created the most finely detailed issue of the short-lived Lincoln matte/satin proof series. This date is scarce in all grades and genuinely rare in fully red gem condition. Its high cost in upper grades is justified, as both its rarity and superior detail definition make it the ultimate Lincoln Cent type coin.


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Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1916 1C PF BN
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1916 1C PF RB
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1916 1C PF RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3250 5600 17000 28500 49000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 105
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1916 1C PF BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------211115----29
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Total--------------211115----29
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1916 1C PF RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------52720133---68
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Total--------------52720133---68
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1916 1C PF RD
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Base-------------1-1222---8
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Total-------------1-1222---8
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 1C PF BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616161616161632748768479812391333165824643216380045128436152522457024570
161616161616120380553722945127014411927271534114037582010708183582457025799
0000001203805537229451270144119272715341140375820107081835800
00000022343461876010921302155021952965360542757128129802146400
1916 1C PF RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616161616161641560984097213121410188629603564414150268768171592727127271
1616161616161494806868841085134515692244316137564436627311565205302727128635
00000014948068688410851345156922443161375644366273115652053000
00000028254476392811991377172726023363394947317521143622390000
1916 1C PF RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616161616161683711571528173318361944205631264016640078089520249883812638126
161616161616290944128115961767187219812413342348116869837914676293673812640032
0000002909441281159617671872198124133423481168698379146762936700
00000056310501404166518021908201927693719560573398949198323374700
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