New Jersey collector Jonathan Watkins became attracted to Matte Proof Lincoln cents in 2006, more than five decades after he first began collecting United States coins as a youth.
Now, after having his nine-coin Professional Coin Grading Service-graded collection ranked as the top PCGS Registry Set the past four years for Colorless Matte Proof Lincoln Cents (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and having the fifth-highest Lincoln Cents Basic Set, Matte Proof (1909-1916) Registry Set, Watkins is bidding adieu to the coins.
The coins are scheduled to be offered Aug. 7 in Rosemont, Ill., during Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night session. The auction is being held in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
The McCullagh Collection Matte Proof Lincoln Registry Set, as it is called, is named after Watkins’ wife, Anne Catherine McCullagh.
The nine-coin set contains the following pieces:
➤ 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent, Secure Proof 67+ red and brown, stickered by Certified Acceptance Corp., gold label. The rarest issue among the Matte Proof Lincoln cents, with the example to be offered confirmed to have been part of the collection of early 20th century numismatist John Story Jenks from Philadelphia.
➤ 1909, Secure Proof 66+ red and brown, with green CAC label.
➤ 1910, Proof 67 red and brown.
➤ 1911, Proof 66 red and brown, with green CAC label.
➤ 1912, Secure Proof 66+ red and brown, CAC, green label.