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SERIES: Lincoln Cents 1959 to Date
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1959 1C, RD (Proof)

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PCGS PR67RD

PCGS PR67RD

PCGS PR66RD
PCGS #:
3386
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
Victor David Brenner/Frank Gasparro
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,149,291
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$2,530 • PR65 • 10-24-2006 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 400,000 R-1.7 4 / 9 TIE 4 / 9 TIE
60 or Better 400,000 R-1.7 4 / 9 TIE 4 / 9 TIE
65 or Better 325,000 R-1.7 5 / 9 5 / 9
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PCGS PR69RD  
1 PCGS PR69RD  
3 Multiple (24) PCGS PR68RDs  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PCGS PR69RD  
1 PCGS PR69RD  
3 Multiple (24) PCGS PR68RDs  

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.