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Storied 1909 VDB Matte Proof
Lincoln Cent, PR65 Red

1909 1C VDB PR65 Red PCGS. This splendid Gem Red 1909 VDB matte proof shows the diagnostics of the die pair that for many years was thought to be the only one used to produce the matte proofs, although a second pair has recently surfaced that lacks those diagnostics. Kevin Flynn outlines the diagnostics of the originally known die pair in the recently released (2009) Lincoln Cent Matte Proofs:

"A single set of working dies is [until recently] believed to have struck all 1,194 1909 VDB matte proof specimens. All die states show a die scratch from the back of the jacket into the field below the T of LIBERTY and also die scratches in front of the nose. A late die state specimen shows a die crack from the rim through the dot then through the B of V.D.B. The obverse die was also used to strike 1909 matte proofs. A second pair of working dies was photographed 12 years ago which was certified as a matte proof. This may have been an early state of a business strike."


On this coin, the die line behind the jacket actually extends to the midway point between the R and T in LIBERTY. The die lines in front of the nose are a parallel group, all running north-northwest to south-southeast. This piece also shows the "late state" die crack Flynn describes, from the rim through the period and to the B in the designer's initials. A tiny crescent-shaped die chip right of the M in UNUM is also diagnostic. The rims are fully squared up, and the hair and beard details are far beyond what is usually seen on business strikes. The fully Red color ranges from almond-tan to golden-orange, although a small bit of violet color appears in the right obverse field, and a small gray spot appears just to top and right of the last 9. These are minor quibbles, however, on what is essentially a marvelous and completely undistracting specimen of this issue, among the most storied and legendary in the entire Lincoln cent series. A rare opportunity for the many legions of Lincoln cent collectors. Population: 7 in 65 Red, 9 finer (4/10).
Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/10), lot 2448, which realized $47,437.50.
From The Brenda John Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 22KR, PCGS# 3302)

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