Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 19,396,000
Catalog: KM-132
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1931 1C MS obverse 1931 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The effects of the Great Depression are reflected in this small mintage---only one-eighth that of 1930. Fortunately for today's collectors, there was already a steady following for Lincoln Cents at the time, and enough were preserved to make fully red gems only slightly scarce. Worn examples are somewhat scarcer than for Philadelphia Mint cents of earlier years, but they certainly are not rare.

Most cents coined during the worst years of the Depression (1931-33) are almost routinely well struck from unworn dies. This is due in part to their limited numbers, but there also seems to have been more care taken at this time when even Mint jobs were threatened.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/8/2014

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1931 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.50 3.75 3.75 8.75 9.75 11.50 16.00 20.00 23.00 27.00 35.00 42.50 70.00 110 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 25.00 30.00 37.50 50.00 - - - -
1931 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 27.00 33.00 40.00 55.00 100.00 265 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1931 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 38.00 50.00 80.00 175 575 7000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 115 235 900 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 618
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 112 $34.50
3/11/2006 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #66033, 66033/Lot# 24040 $120.75
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1842 $529.00
10/20/2008 NGC MS 66   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 293, 299/Lot# 88 $172.50
2/20/2012 NGC MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 3228, 3228/Lot# 1057 $55.00
5/6/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131220/Lot# 26793 $74.00
6/10/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 54060 $33.00
7/11/2014 NGC MS 66   Red Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5302 $329.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1931 1C MS Brown
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Base33333333916283741505981223398667105724774587
3333333511203138445366128281487797153031800
0000003511203138445366128281487797153000
0000003713243439475673175339577927200300
1931 1C MS Red Brown
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Base3333333312243750596781111285544879135232986096
33333336162841536171911693716551036200042300
00000036162841536171911693716551036200000
000000392032455664761012274577671194264900
1931 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333320376381941061231673986671057159742037726
3333333825456985981111372444877971237246553770
0000003825456985981111372444877971237246500
000000314315475891021171523215779271417333400
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1057
Owner: brent137
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 667
Owner: PDL57
 
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