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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 5, February 1, 2009, Article 6

NEW BOOK ON LINCOLN CENT MATTE PROOFS

Kevin Flynn also forwarded this information about another book in preparation. -Editor
The Lincoln Cent Matte Proof book is going to print in one week. This book will be the defining reference on Lincoln Cent Matte Proofs. This book is 8-1/2*11, 128 pages, printed in color. A special prepublication price is now being offered.

The primary purpose of this book is to present detailed die diagnostic descriptions and photographs to be used to identify and authenticate Lincoln cent matte proofs. Die states diagnostics are also included. This book contains many more photographs of diagnostics not published before and a few new die combinations which were not previously listed.

Another objective of this book was to present an analysis of the striking characteristics for Lincoln cent matte proofs. Side by side comparisons and photographs were done between matte proofs and business strikes showing the details of the primary design elements and the rims, edges, and corners.

In studying Lincoln cent matte proofs side by side against EDS business strikes of the same year, different striking characteristics were found for each year. Normally, only small differences were found on the design elements. The rims and edges were similar in width, flatness, and general appearance for most years. The primary difference on most years was the sharpness on the corners on matte proofs. For other years, the corners on the business strikes were also sharp.

A date-by-date analysis for the matte proof series is presented. Included for each year is an analysis of striking characteristics, surface characteristics, scarcity analysis, general comments, prices realized from Heritage auctions, current values, and certified population counts.

A detailed analysis is presented on all of the silver and minor proofs counts between 1909 and 1916. This includes all delivery dates for each series. This information is extremely important in determining exactly how many coins were struck. This information is also helpful in determining how proof coins were distributed, whether in minor sets, silver sets, or individually. Archive letters are also presented which show how many collectors did not get 1909 VDB proof coins and were upset and that the mint was not obliged to notify collectors of new proofs.

A special leather bound edition is being printed for those who order prepublication only. Only 50 hardcovers are being printed.

The book is 8-1/2 * 11, 128 pages, printed in color. Normal price is $90 for the hardcover and $29.95 for the softcover. Prepublication price: Leather bound $300, Hardcover $80.00, Softcover $22.95. Money Order or personal checks accepted. Add $5.00 for shipping and handling via media rate and $10.00 for first class shipping. Send a check or money order to Kevin Flynn, P.O. Box 396, Lumberton, NJ 08048. For more information, write me at kevinj50@comcast.net



Wayne Homren, Editor

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