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'Matte Proof' Half Eagles of 1911 and of 1913 are worth about the same as corresponding Half Eagles of 1912. In Aug. 2011, Stack's-Bowers auctioned the Eliasberg 1911 Half Eagle, which is also PCGS certified and CAC stickered, 'Proof-66.' I saw it.

Matte Proof: a Proof coin with dull, slightly grainy surfaces. Applies to Proof coins struck from 1908-1916, Peace Dollars 1921-1922, and some modern Jefferson Nickel Proofs.
medal: a circular piece of metal that looks like a coin but has no value stamped on it.

Matte Proof An experimental Proof striking, produced by the U.S. Mint mainly from 1907 to 1916, which has sandblasted or acid-pickled surfaces. These textured surfaces represented a radical departure from brilliant Proofs, having even less reflectivity than business strikes.

Matte proof - A proof coin with a grainy surface appearance produced by dies treated to obtain a minutely etched surface.
Maverick - An unidentifiable specimen, generally referring to a token.
MD - Acronym for medium date.

Matte Proof - This is an experimental proof strike that has a textured sandblast appearance. These were produced from 1907 to 1916 and had less reflectivity than the business strikes.

A proof coin with a fine granular surface - rather than mirror like.
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A proof coin on which the surface is granular or dull. On U.S. coins this type of surface was used on proofs of the early 20th century. The process has since been abandoned.

A proof coin or medal with a finely grained finish over the entire surface . This technique was popular in the 19th century and has now been almost completely replaced by the frosting of certain parts of a coin's design.
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A Proof coin for which the planchet is treated in a manner other than polishing. A dull and frosted finish is achieved. See Matte Finish.

A certain type of proof minted in the U.S. mostly from 1908 to 1916. Gold and silver matte proofs have a dull, granular (i.e. sandblasted) finish without any mirror-like qualities. Copper and nickel matte proofs are really more like Roman finish proofs. Also see: Roman Finish
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~ - ~ coins are special proofs that have a grainy "sandblasted" look on the surface. Matte proof coins were sometimes made in the early part of the 1900's. Normal proof coins have a mirror like brilliant surface. medal - an object made of metal that resembles a coin.

~ - Proofs with a special grainy look.
Mint - Place where coins are manufactured. Can also be used casually to describe coins whose condition is close to the original condition when the coin left the mint.
Mint Luster - The shiny appearance of some uncirculated coins.

~: coins produced from dies entirely sandblasted with no mirror surfaces.
Minor coin: A silver coin of less than crown weight or any coin struck in base metal.
Mint Mark: A letter or other symbol indicating the mint of origin.

Especially U.S. gold coins of 1908-1916, coins produced from dies entirely sandblasted with no mirror surfaces. See also frost and Proof.
An unidentifiable specimen, generally referring to a token.

A special type of proof manufacturing process used on some United States coins from 1908-1916. Popularized by the Paris Mint in the 1890s, the surface of ~ coins had a granular or satiny look, caused by sandblasting or acid-pickling of the dies.

Very few Matte Proof Peace Dollars with high relief were minted in 1921 and 1922. These coins are extremely rare and are worth up to $50,000 according to the 2006 Red Book. The 1921 issues are difficult to tell apart from the business strikes, but the 1922's can be deciphered by the 9.

~ A proof coin produced by the U.S. Mint mainly from 1907 to 1916 which has sandblasted or acid-pickled surfaces. Medal A coin-like object produced to commemorate an event or person. A medal is not legal tender and has no face value struck on it.

~: A type of proof strike that has a sandblasted appearance as opposed to a typical mirror finish
mint: a facility that produces coins
mint bag: A common means of distributing coins where a mint stores coins in cloth or plastic bags before distributing them to banks ...

Well struck and a very nice Matte Proof Double Eagle. Only 101 proofs struck. Technically, this is a sandblast piece, but a Gem Proof nevertheless, with strong fundamental supporting surfaces free of marks, devoid of spots, tops in its class, and for that matter, mesmerizing to gaze upon.

From 1909 to 1917, the mint manufactured the Lincoln Cent as a Matte Proofs. The word "matte" refers to the finish on the proof coin. All Proofs were struck at the Philadelphia Mint.

5,967 Matte Proofs were made from 1913 through 1916, and 10,189 Brilliant Proofs in 1936 and 1937. Strike was an inherent problem with this coin from the beginning, and many deceptively well struck business strikes were mistaken for the matte proofs and vice versa.

For example, a matte proof gold piece has very little, if any, brilliance, cartwheel or contrast. Therefore, the lustre of a matte proof Saint Gaudens $20 must be evaluated purely on the basis of original mint sheen. Such an evaluation will have to be made through experience.

Cook Islands, 50 Dollars, 1990 Matte Proof
Crowned head of queen right
Grizzly bear walking right
Reeded edge
38mm, 19.73g, .925 Silver, 0.5770 ASW
Mintage: 550
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Term Definition
Matte Proof
experimental proof coin that has sandblasted or acid-treated surfaces ...

5. A proof coin or medal having a dull, finely granulated surface is called what?
Answer Matte Proof
Tuesday Trivia
1. Is the image on a coinage hub mostly raised or incused?
Answer Raised ...

In the first year of the coin's issue, 1913, there were two distinct varieties, the first showing the bison on a mound (pictured above) and the second with the base redesigned to a thinner, straight line. Matte proof coins were struck and made available to collectors from 1913 to 1916.

The recent release of 25,000 special issues of the botanical commemorative including a matte proof Jefferson nickel for $34 seems like a particularly good deal. The current mint director appears to be a friend of the hobby, but progress in any branch of the government is slow.

They do not have reflective field.
Satin - Proofs struck in a fashion in between a Brilliant and Matte proof. These coins have a smooth surface, however, are not reflective. Examples would be Peace proofs from 1921 and 1922.

Several other methods have been used in the past to achieve this effect, including sand blasting (the dies, not the coins), and matte proofs. Proof coins of the early 1800s even appear to be scratched, but it was part of the production process.

Normally the fields are highly polished, with the design matte, however matte proofs where the whole coin is matte are known (especially the 1902 GB proofs), and sometimes even the design is polished (especially from the early 1970's for UK proof sets). Proof coins usually have very sharp edges.

There is considerable demand at present for such coins, and they bring about $1,200 to $2,200 each in Proof-65 grade, depending upon the date. Collectors should take great care in buying matte proof coins of this period.

The mintmark appears on the reverse, below and left of the fasces. Other scarce coins include 1921, 1921-D and the 1942/1 overdates from both Philadelphia and Denver. Brilliant proofs were made from 1936 through 1942, and there exists at least one 1916 ~.

Inspired by others' success at this, Bruce Lorich tried it with a PCGS ~-65 Indian $5 gold piece. By making the coin go Sideways from Clear to White my good friend netted $2,000 more when he sold the coin! Insane, but true.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Matte, Proof, Coin, Mint, Struck?

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