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Lincoln cent set, business and proof strikes, what's your count?

My full set count would be 388 pieces as follows.,
1909-1958 PD&S = 141
1909-1916 matte proof = 9.................. does not include 1917
1936-1958 proof = 16
1959-2021 P&D = 144...................
includes SMS
1959-2021 proof = 78.........*includes 1979 clear "S" and filled "S", four 2009 S.........eight 2009 P&D Satin and three 2019 W
*no doubled dies, 1955, 72's ect., no 1922 plain or any other varieties (subjective)
62 years and counting, my set is missing ALL 9 matte proofs and the 1936 proof, hense my sets' count stands at 378.
What's your count/number?


  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,042 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Way lower than your list. I stopped collecting Lincoln cents seriously when I was high school. I finally did complete a 1909 to 1940 "Library of Coins" album in the 1980s with the purchase of an ANACS 1909-S-VDB only because I thought it was time to finish it.

    The Lincoln cents I buy to today are part of Proof sets. That's about it. Of late finding the 1936 to '42 Proof cents has been harder and more expensive than I expected it to be.

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible. I am also collecting at least one coin for each Roman emperor from Julius Caesar to ... ?
  • MarkW63MarkW63 Posts: 1,532 ✭✭✭✭

    It would seem are total numbers are the same @-378.
    I've got all 20 of the 09's
    I've got both of the 79 proofs
    I'm complete on all the date range of proofs back thru 1940.
    I do have a 55 DDO.
    I've got all three of the 2019 West Point's.
    UNC 43 steels.
    I've got the 65,66,67 NGC SMS
    I've got a pre-order in for the 2022 business strikes, and I'm watching out for the proof. (I did not include this in my total count)
    I do not have a 22 NO D.
    I do likely have a 09 VDB in my count that you don't have. I have both the early style reverse and the later style. I labeled them type 1 & type 2.

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  • vulcanizevulcanize Posts: 1,339 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It had been a four decade quest and have the 1909-2009 P, D & S in the raw housed in a Dansco (except for the 1922 no D mintmark and the 1931 S that are in slabs) and don't have the 1955 DDO error coin.
    Added blank pages to the album and populated it with coins from pocket change till date, except the proofs from 1954 onwards which are still encased in their respective mint set holders ecause I have not broken them out yet.

  • MarkW63MarkW63 Posts: 1,532 ✭✭✭✭

    I also most forgot these new additions, I did include them in the total head count.

    "I Prefer Dangerous Freedom Over Peaceful Slavery"
    Thomas Jefferson!

  • WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 6,655 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 15, 2022 6:27PM

    That’s the great thing about collecting – you can collect what you like.

    I have a complete raw set except for the 2022 PDS in capitol plastic boards (in case anyone cares- it takes 5 boards for a full set these days) However, like you I “adjusted” this set to include all proofs from 1936 on in lieu of the Philadelphia business strikes and it does have a 22 Weak D but does not have a 55 DDO but does have all the 7 - 1982 varieties, all the Satins, Small and Large dates for 1960 and the Westpoint strike. Total coins are 364.

    I also have a PCGS basic set from 1909 to date including proofs. Again, PCGS has determined this set to have the Weak D, the 55 DDO but only 2 1982’s, 3 1960’s, and the Enhanced proof, Westpoint’s, etc. for a total of 359 coins.

    But I also have the mother of all Lincoln sets that includes every proof, business strike and their combined recognized varieties found in the Cherry Pickers Guide which I am missing 7 from being 100% complete. That set, has everything up thru 2020. I have the 2021 PDS which are not yet required but in my possession for a total of 567 cents. You can see it here:


    But that does not include several minor varieties I own in PCGS holders. The total for every cent I own is 637. The additional cents above the 567 can be seen in my showcase sets.


    Proud recipient of the coveted PCGS Forum "You Suck" Award Thursday July 19, 2007 11:33 PM and December 30th, 2011 at 8:50 PM.
  • hbarbeehbarbee Posts: 163 ✭✭✭

    First let me say that WaterSport is probably the most knowledgeable and professional collector in the Lincoln Cent arena that I have met on these various forums. You should certainly listen to what he has to say.

    I have collected on and off for about 50 years. I have focused on Lincoln Cents and used to make my own decision as to what was a “complete” collection but was never satisfied with what I came up with. Then I realized that if I found a PCGS Registry set that most closely aligned with what I was collecting, then that would be the perfect answer as I would never have to explain why I included/excluded certain coins.

    I use the “Lincoln Cents with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1909-Present)” with 426 pieces for my “complete collection”. Since I do not specialize in varieties it well covers all the pieces that a serious collector would be interested in. I am currently missing only 4 pieces. With only a couple of exceptions, I am all MS/PR condition, but only the most valuable coins are in PCGS holders, about 20% of them. But even so, I still rank 27 out of 126 in that registry.

    Interesting to note that of the 4 that I am missing (1917 DDO, 1958 DDO, 1969-S DDO and 1992 CAM), WS also misses 3 of these. He does have the 1917 DDO, but it is in low grade as that one is so hard to find even though it is not super expensive.

    Good luck with your collection. Oh, if you have any duplicates of the ones I am missing, please feel free to send them to me!!!

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