CentSearcher's Blog

16 Nov 2021

My Toned Lincoln Cent Collection, and a Life Update

| CentSearcher

Hello everyone! I really thought that I was back for good a month ago by setting aside time on my weekends to write blogs and such. Pretty much, I got slammed with a ton of things to do the past several weekends, so I'll just have to be flexible and write a blog when I can. I probably will have to slow down a lot on the articles, because the research for them takes a lot longer. Most of my blogs are going to be about progress with my toned Lincoln Cent collection. I'll go ahead and get into that now.

My Toned Lincoln Cent Collection

For those of you who have read some of my past blogs, I started a set of toned Lincoln Cents, MS and proof, last summer. And so far, I am really enjoying it! Most of my collection so far are 1961 proofs, which is the most common date for toned cents (due to the cello mint packaging). I have tried to work on my circulation strike Lincoln Cents, but they are a lot more expensive and hard to find compared to the proofs. Originally, I wasn't trying to build a strict date set, but rather just accumulate some nice toned Lincolns. Now I've decided to do a bit of both. I make a PCGS set registry for the proofs, though I don't mind getting duplicates (hence the 4x 1961s).

My Website

Several months ago I started a course on web design as a subject for school, and I've been enjoying it a ton, so naturally I had to build a website for my collection. It's a pretty basic site, with just a gallery of my set and several other unique pages. I do plan to expand it and make it more interesting. If you want to check it out, I have the link below. And before you ask, no, this is not advertising, because it's just a gallery. It's not any different than giving you a link to my set registry gallery.

Legacy of Lincoln (atwebpages.com)

Recent Additions

I've bought two coins for my set since my last blog, and received a third one for free (I guess people pity my low budget lol). The first is a 1940 D, with some great blue color. Unfortunately, it graded cleaned UNC details, though I don't see why. I'll probably resubmit it eventually, but for now I'm keeping it the way it is. I bought it from an eBay auction for $31, which I think is a good price, even for a details grade. About a week ago I bought my third 1961 proof, but what made this one different than the rest is that it has a solid pink tone. It is also the highest grade of my 1961 cents, at PR67 RB. I bought it off of eBay for a full $50, which was probably a fair price for a 67. Last of all, I was given a fourth 1961 proof a few days ago, with similar pink toning to the previous one, except with a little bit more red and a nice pattern on the reverse. It's graded PR66 RB. That's all for my PCGS pickups, see the attachments below to see pictures.

PCGS Submission

I'm still waiting on the 1962 toned proof that I sent in to PCGS a month ago, but it'll still be two months or so until I get the results back. Most likely it'll get a PR66 BN, and if I'm really lucky a 67. That was the only coin I sent in for my first submission (In case you were wondering, I'm piggybacking off of a friend's submission), but I am already accumulating some nice raw toners for my second. While I now have seven raw toners, I only plan to send one in the next submission.

A few weeks ago I bought two 1964 proofs on eBay for $6, and while both appeared to have toning, the photos wasn't that great. It was low risk high reward, so I went for it. They came in the mail yesterday, and it was better than what I had hoped! Both had a silver tone, which is the rarest tone for a Lincoln Cent. I'll be sending the higher grade of the two to PCGS, and I expect it to grade PR67 RB. While there aren't very many people actively buying these silver toned Lincoln Cents, I've seen people pay several hundred dollars for them. Like I said, it really depends on finding the right person, but to the right buyer, a 67 could be worth $300. I know it sounds kind of ridiculous to some of you, but chances are you haven't seen one for sale. Go ahead and roast me down in the comments if you want, because I could be wrong about this one. I'll definitely be doing some more research on it and ask some opinions from several collectors that can give me a better idea on its rarity and value.

That's all for this blog. If anybody has any raw toned Lincoln Cents, MS or proof, let me know, and maybe we can work out a deal or trade. Thank you all for reading! Stay safe, and keep on collecting. Your fellow numismatist, Timothy



Level 4

Nice coins! I used to really not like toned coins but now I am starting to enjoy looking at them. Great Collection!


Level 5

Those silver toned ones blew my mind! Thought you just bought some cheap high grade steel cents. Maybe I’ll have to pick up some silver toners myself! How often do these come up for sale?

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Level 6

Enjoy the mysteries of collecting promising coins for the future . I just posted a sample of some of my precious cents a few days ago.

That's crazy that the silver toned ones are worth so much! Make sure they aren't coated in silver-looking metal. As for the third picture, that coin looks like a screen is showing the coin under a heat detector. Nice coins!


Level 6

Those are some beauties! Toned coins are a favorite of mine! Keep going on your collection! ; )


Level 6

I love toned coins. You have a unique collection. Good job. Keep it up and thanks.


Level 5

Great blog! That '64 really is beautiful and I can definitely see it grading 67. Congrats on your score!


Level 5

I’m not a collector of toned coins either. They are nice to look at and some are beautiful, I agree. Yours are very nice. I especially like the silver one. Great collection and thanks for sharing!


Level 5

I like some toning, as long as natural. I have a 1973 Canadian dollar that toned. I thought years ago toning was detrimental to value of coins. Now it seems toning us sought after?


Level 7

Toned coins can be absolutely beautiful. Not to me. I like a nice light Hue. I want to See the coin the way it was made. That's all. There nice to look at but the heaver ones are not my cup of tea. Yours are great. Continue with them and you will have a beautiful collection. Thanks for sharing these beauties.

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