CentSearcher's Blog

18 May 2022

Pickup Update #5 (Toned Lincoln Cents, PCGS Submissions, & Coin Photography)

Coins-United States | CentSearcher

Hello everyone! I'm back once again with another long blog update. I have a ton of news and purchases to share, so I'm going to try to keep it simple. Here's what I've got:

PCGS Submissions

I'm sure that some of you may have remembered when I sent a coin I purchased at my first coin show to PCGS all the way back in October. Well, it finally came back! It's a 1962 toned proof Lincoln cent, and I had paid $2 for it. I expected it to grade PR66BN, and it got PR67BN! This is a very difficult grade, it has a population of 20 with only 1 higher. The TrueView just now loaded, which is attached below.

I still have five other coins at PCGS right now, four getting graded and one getting reholdered. My latest one that I sent off a few weeks ago is a 1940 S that I bought online for $8. I'm hoping for a MS63/64BN grade, though there's a good chance that it'll come back QC. Fingers crossed...

New Purchases

I've got a lot of new purchases since my last blog, both raw and graded coins. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so I'm going to let the photos attached below do most of the talking. But here's a quick overview and explanation of what I have bought:

A few months ago, I won my first auction from David Lawrence Rare Coins, which is a 1965 SMS Lincoln, graded SP65BN. This one has very deep purple toning, and is the "sister coin" to the PCGS plate coin. Population of 8, with only 6 graded higher.

It's commonly known that 1961 is by far the most common date for BN mirror proof Lincolns, because of the cellophane packaging used by the US mint. Before, I had a PR64BN 1961, which looked very nice, but I knew that I needed a better one for such a common date. So I talked with Robert Campbell, who pioneered the collecting of toned Lincoln Cents. I was able to buy one of his (he has half a dozen) PR67BN 1961s. The one I chose was the one he had used for his #6 ranking set for over a decade. It was also one of the first ten Lincoln Cents to grade PR67BN. I know this because he had submitted it himself back when almost nobody collected toned Lincolns.

And most recently (today), I bought a PR66RB 1981 S, with a population of only 2, and 12 higher. Finding toners like these from 1980 and up (with the exception of dates such as the target toners of 2009) is pretty difficult, especially for a decent price. Can't wait to get it in hand, but you can go ahead and see the TrueView and in-hand pics sent by the seller attached below. I absolutely love the obverse of this one.

Coin Photography

About a month ago, I was given a Canon EOS Rebel T3 camera with several additional lenses from my Aunt. I had to buy a charger for it, but once it came in I dove straight back into working on my coin photography. I had given up on this a year ago because my old dslr camera was breaking down, and just wasn't any good at macro photography. But I was struggling with lighting, because I was shooting, you guessed it, toned Lincolns. It's very difficult to properly capture them on camera.

Shoutout to Elliot (CoinHunter), who mentioned axial lighting to me several months ago. I decided to research the technique and try it out, and instantly I was taking far better photos than before. Sometime this summer I'll write a blog about coin photography and the lighting setup that I'm using. Again, I have some of the photos I took attached below (the 1962, 1976, and 2009 proofs are the photos that I took). Soon I'll be buying more advanced equipment to perfect it and capture more detail, but that'll be for my next blog.

I think that covers up just about everything. Below I put a link to both of my toned Lincoln cent PCGS set registries, in case you want to check them out. As you can probably tell, I've been focusing on my proof set right now. Thank you all for reading and for the support! Hopefully I'll be back soon with another update. Everybody stay safe, and keep on collecting.Your fellow numismatist, Timothy

My PCGS Lincoln Cent Set Registry:

Lincoln Cents Toned Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1909 - 1958)

Lincoln Cents Toned Basic Set, Mirror Proofs (1936 - present)


Those look insane… I don’t really have any toned coins, but yours are really cool!


Level 5

I can only dream about such a future collection.


Level 6

Amazing collection! Beautiful toning and photos! Great job! ; )

Doug S.

Level 4

Great photography! Love the toned coins. Regards Doug

Long Beard

Level 5

Oh my.....that's all I've got.


Level 5

These are absolutely gorgeous! You always impress me with your beautifully toned cents. Thanks for sharing!


Level 5

Congratulations! You have entered the world of axial photography! Your pictures look good. I've been using axial photography myself with generally good results. Lighting in coin photography can be tricky, and one size does not fit all. The hardest part of lighting is to know what type of lighting goes best with the coin in front of the lens. I've written several blog posts on the subject of coin photography. You're welcome to peruse them at your leisure.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Wow, some beautiful toned '62 Lincolns and congrats on that PF67BN from PCGS, that was well worth the $2 plus submission costs.


Level 6

Very nicely done. I also am a big toned coin guy. Put these up on Toned Tuesday!!! Check out Gary for hints on coin Photography. He is THE guy. Thanks.


Level 5

Awesome blog! Great job with the pictures-I especially love how the ones of the '76-S turned out. With a little work, your pictures will be looking just as good as trueviews!


Level 7

Again you have done very well. Very nice coins. Its like you know were they are!! Congratulations on some beautiful coins!


Level 4

Those are some beautiful coins! Super cool!


Level 6

WOW! Some really nice coins


Level 5

Your 2009-S cents always blow me away. Got to get my hands on one of those.

AC coin$

Level 6

Wooow ! Awesome

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