Small Cent Proof - Is it possible to get one like this pictured?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Asher, Oct 26, 2021.

  1. Asher

    Asher Active Member

    Cheaper Proof Indian Heads lists for about $100-$200 in the Red Book. The toning on this coin is very unique IMO. I wonder what type of storage caused it? Are there any Lincoln cents like this? The early years are mattes so possibly. What about the 1936 Satin Proof? Could I get a coin like below (most common date and a lower PF grade)?

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  3. robec

    robec Junior Member

    Colorful Indian proofs are fairly common, as are Lincoln Proofs from the early Matte years, 1936-42 years and 1950 up to the 2000’s. I only have one colorful Indian, but have seen hundreds.
  4. RonSanderson

    RonSanderson Supporter! Supporter

    Does this count?

    01c 1937 PF full 01.gif

    I have some proofs that are toned, but they seem to have a different development from the Indian Heads. Nonetheless, yes, they can be cheap depending on the year.

    01c 1941 PF full 01.gif
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  5. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Not a proof but here's mine. 20211016_202021.jpg
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  6. BurrosCoins

    BurrosCoins New Member

    Those are some nice looking toned coins.
  7. RonSanderson

    RonSanderson Supporter! Supporter

    Two more examples. After this, proofs were not produced again until 1950.

    Indian cents have flat fields, while Lincoln cents introduced a compound curvature that reflects less like a mirror. That may partially explain why the Indian cents look more cameo when they tone colorfully.

    01c 1942 PF #01 full 05.JPG 01c 1942 PF #02 full 05.JPG
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  8. Asher

    Asher Active Member

    Thanks very helpful, thanks!
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