Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 288,104,634
Catalog: KM-132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1918 1C MS obverse 1918 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Numismatists of the time shook their heads at the astonishing number of cents produced during 1918, with yet another new record set at the Philadelphia Mint. What they failed to notice until two or three years later is that Brenner's initials V.D.B. were restored to his cent with this issue, though its new placement was nearly hidden on the truncation of Lincoln's bust. The death of Chief Engraver Charles Barber the year before removed the last objection to their appearance.

Common in all circulated grades, 1918(P) cents are likewise readily available in all but the highest Mint State grades. This is perhaps the first cent since 1910 that may be considered common with full red color, though many of these coins are held to lower MS grades because of spotting, fingerprinting, etc. The coin illustrated is a rare exception that has only a few, isolated spots. It is also boldly struck from fresh, unworn dies.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/5/2014

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1918 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.20 0.25 0.42 1.30 3.50 3.50 8.15 9.50 11.50 13.00 15.50 19.00 26.00 37.00 50.00 150 325 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 43.00 55.00 - - - -
1918 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 39.00 55.00 115 250 475 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 60.00 135 275 - - -
1918 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 80.00 170 435 1375 9250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 60.00 95.00 200 500 3250 17500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 550
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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1/26/1998 NGC MS 63   Red Teletrade Auction 1018, 1018/Lot# 1039 $29.75
4/25/2005 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 89 $308.20
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2362 $1,207.50
5/20/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/20/2012, 23/Lot# 46390 $141.90
10/7/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131242/Lot# 20500 $123.38
2/22/2013 NGC MS 66   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1181 $940.00
7/11/2013 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1187/Lot# 3871 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333691620324159119360620990150536016733
3333333471117243547791994467431161220346450
0000003471117243547791994467431161220300
0000003581318283853992795338661333290200
1918 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333391220284559811554508201271188646688706
333333351014223349661052535739701476281360140
000000351014223349661052535739701476281300
0000003711172539547313035169611201681374000
1918 1C MS Red
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Base3333333312203245729412322760999015052197582710807
33333336142436547910315735473611611735340774870
00000036142436547910315735473611611735340700
00000039172840638611319248186313331966461700
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 450
Owner: coppermania
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 450
Owner: Joshua Murphy
 
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