Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 29,092,120
Catalog: KM-132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1915 1C MS obverse 1915 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1915(P) cent is highly unusual in that it's mintage is fairly close to that of its Denver Mint counterpart. In other words, its mintage is surprisingly low for a P-Mint penny. Why this was so is unknown, but it must have been influenced by the very large mintages of 1909-14.

While not a truly rare coin, it is less often across all grades than other Philly cents of the decade. Fully red gems are very scarce, and even red-brown coins are elusive.

The master hub was evidently retouched by the Philadelphia Mint's engraving department for 1915's coinage, as examples from fresh dies reveal much more detail than on the sharpest 1909-14 cents.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/7/2013

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1915 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.25 2.00 5.75 14.00 43.00 43.00 53.00 69.00 75.00 78.00 80.00 82.00 88.00 100.00 120 300 325 - - - -
$ 50.00 65.00 78.00 85.00 88.00 90.00 95.00 100.00 118 135 340 360 - -
1915 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 87.00 100.00 120 210 345 455 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 97.00 110 130 235 390 500 - -
1915 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 100.00 110 130 285 885 1475 15000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 115 125 140 350 1125 2000 17600 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 560
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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8/9/2014 MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7161


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1/7/2004 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 4779 $32,200.00
8/18/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 5302 $805.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3573 $977.50
11/9/2010 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10231 $230.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9501 $207.00
4/20/2011 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 3052, 3052/Lot# 1051 $218.50
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/02/2012, 38/Lot# 71267 $117.70
3/2/2014 NGC MS 66   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 793, 802/Lot# 1023 $595.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3362045167201251262278292304314330369423854127118862699760313960
3410288517821725426728229630731934338756699314762157433397220
00000021725426728229630731934338756699314762157433300
000000234258272287300310324356405710113216812428596800
1915 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33620451672012512622782923042923394046021028160923353281943117296
341028851782172542672822963043073604707441221185126505331120520
000000217254267282296304307360470744122118512650533100
000000234258272287300304323382536886141520932965738100
1915 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336204516720125126227829230434836642375215152124628679601135220741
3410288517821725426728229631835438553210061718351168449090144810
0000002172542672822963183543855321006171835116844909000
00000023425827228730033336040464212601921489874021022100
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1515
Owner: Coinbuf
 
Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 1271
Owner: Just coins
 
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