CentSearcher's Blog

02 Mar 2022

Updates, and a Very Long Blog...

| CentSearcher

Hello members of the ANA! It has been a very long time since I was last online, because I have been occupied by many other things. A lot has happened since my last blog, including a lot of purchases and changes to my collection. It’s probably going to be a long time before I can write the next blog, so I’ll try to update you on all that has happened.


I did write an update blog over Christmas break, but when I hit publish there was an error and the entire blog was lost. It was a long one, and I didn’t really want to re-write it. So I’ll give you a brief summary here. The only coin I received for Christmas was a PCGS 1956 Roosevelt Dime MS67 with great toning. I also got an Intercept Shield US Type set album. I had been planning to get one for a long time, but never came to do it. The size of my type set has doubled since the last time I wrote a blog on it, but I’ll save that for another blog. I will say that the half cents, cents, 2 cent, and 3 cent page is complete except for two half cents.

Charlotte Coin Show

I went to my second coin show a few weeks ago, and spent about 3 hours going from table to table. Most of what I bought was to resell for profit so that I can fund my personal collection, though I did get one coin that I sent to PCGS immediately after the show. It was a 1954 S Lincoln Cent with remarkable deep blue and purple toning. It looks like an easy MS65BN, which would fit perfectly in my set. When it comes to building a toned Lincoln cent set registry, high BN grades are the way to do it.

My Toned Lincoln Cent set registry

Most of my recent blogs have been on my toned Lincoln cent set, and since then I have made a lot of changes to it. It consists of two sets. Circulation strikes from 1909 - 1958, and mirror proofs from 1936 - present. Since they are both large sets and I don’t have very many coins to fill them quite yet, my main focus is in my PCGS showcase, where I have put my best toned Lincolns from each set. In it I have the set description, the TrueViews, the population reports, and descriptions of each individual coin that I have added to the set. Link is below, I’d appreciate it if you could check it out and leave a comment!

PCGS Set Registry - Collectors Showcase: Lincoln's Coat of Many Colors - My Box of 20 BN Toners

Purchases and Trades

As I said, I have made a lot of big purchases since my last blog. But for the sake of time I’m only going to show my toned Lincoln cents. My first purchase of 2022 was a PR67BN 1962, with a unique light blue toning that I haven’t seen before on another coin. PR67BN is a very high and desirable grade for toned Lincolns, with only 19 existing for the year 1962 and only 1 in higher grades. I bought it from the owner of the Lincolns of Color set registry, who bought it from the famed Railsplitter collection (ranked #2 in the MS toned Lincoln cent set registry). I also bought a PR67BN 1964 from the owner of the Liquid Color collection (ranked #24 in the PR toned Lincoln cent set registry). It has a population of only 12, with 2 higher. Those are the two proofs that I have added to my set this year, now for the circulation strikes.

About a month ago, I purchased a MS64BN 1957 from the owner of the Phoenix collection (ranked #6 in the toned wheat cent set registry). It is very undergraded, and has green toning on both sides. Green is the rarest and most desirable type of toning for Lincoln Cents, so I couldn’t turn this one down. Last of all, I made the biggest purchase that I’ve ever made a few days ago. It was a MS64BN 1941 D, purchased from David (Lincolncentman). David has the #1 ranked set for toned wheat cents, and it’s unlikely that anyone is going to surpass his set anytime soon. While there are 33 Lincoln cents in higher grades than the one I bought from him, the eye appeal of this one exceeds most of the examples found in higher grades. The obverse shows almost no wear, though it does have some spotting. The reverse is what makes this coin so valuable. It has, as I like to call it, electric blue toning, and a very strong strike on the reverse.

That’s all for my purchases, though there is one more coin that I acquired in a trade that is probably my rarest and most valuable coin in my collection. It is a PR65BN 1942 Lincoln Cent. As you probably already know, pre-1950 proofs are very pricey, often costing $50+ raw in RD grades. This coin is my first top pop coin, with 9 of its grade and none higher. On top of that, it’s a PCGS plate coin, meaning that PCGS chose it as the best BN 1942 proof Lincoln, and decided to use it as the top result image for PCGS coin facts. This coin sold for $203 on GC in December, and the owner was willing to trade it with me for $200 in two coins that I had that I didn’t really need.

PCGS submission

I still haven’t heard back from my PCGS submission that I sent out in October, but I’ll probably get the results back in a few months. Unfortunately, the PR67BN 1964 that I purchased a month ago didn’t have TrueView imaging, so I sent it to get reholdered with gold shield a month ago. Not long after, I sent off my second PCGS submission, this time consisting of three coins. The first two were very similar, both 1954 S toned Lincolns that have very similar toning and are both at bare minimum MS64BNs. I think they’re both going to grade 65BN. I wasn’t able to take a good enough photo of them to share with you, so instead I attached an image of a 1954 S that has literally (and I’m not kidding) identical toning. The third coin I sent off was a type 2 1981 S toned proof Lincoln. Currently, the highest grade BN 1981 S for the type 2 variety is a 64, so if mine grades as a 65 or higher, it’ll be my first solo top pop.

That’s all that I have to share with you. I understand that this blog wasn’t very well written, and very long, but I don’t have very much time on my hands. I hope you enjoyed it, and I’ll try to write another blog soon. Again, I’d really appreciate it if you checked out my PCGS showcase, and feel free to leave a comment too. If you want to stay up to date with my progress, my set registry is the best way to do it. Link is below, and if you want to see each coin closer up you can click the “image gallery” option on the showcase page.

Thanks for reading, and keep on collecting! Your fellow numismatist, Timothy.

PCGS Set Registry - Collectors Showcase: Lincoln's Coat of Many Colors - My Box of 20 BN Toners



Level 5

Nice toning, but I need to acquire the taste for them. I currently love brilliant red cents.


Level 7

I always check the registry sets I have my own. Great pickups!!


Level 5

Great looking pickups! Hopefully soon, I will get a chance to check out your registry set. Sounds like you have been very busy. You’re a person after my own heart, collecting my birth year (1954) Lincoln cents. I own a couple of those but they’re not toned. Thanks for sharing and good luck!


Level 5

Those are some beautifully toned wheaties and a great blog. Thanks for sharing!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Hello! Good bye! So soon! So long!

Long Beard

Level 5

I bought a Whitman album, my third over the years, a few months back with the same intent only in the Jefferson Nickel. I do love those Lincoln's, however buying from a photograph for me would seem tough. Particularly for a nice eye appeal across the series.


Level 5

Great new toners Timothy! I checked out your registry set, and MAN! There are some serious beauties in there! 😍


Level 6

You have been very busy. Great pick ups. I really like your registry sets. Very cool and a great name too. Thanks.


Level 6

Thanks for a great blog! You've been busy! Your toned Lincoln collection is amazing...Just beautiful! ; )


Level 4

Your toned Lincolns are beautiful. Great blog.


Level 5

Nice! Love the '42.

AC coin$

Level 6

Great collection and great blog . .

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