Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 39,157,000
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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1921 1C MS obverse 1921 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The minting of cents at Philadelphia dropped off rapidly during 1921, as the huge numbers struck during the previous five years proved quite sufficient to meet current demand during this recession year. Most of this production from both the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints occurred during January-March, with sporadic supplemental minting in July and November.

In keeping with the restricted budgets imposed on all government agencies during the 1920s, the dies were used well past their ideal service, and poorly struck 1921(P) cents are common (the coin illustrated is an exception). Ironically, one feature was sharper during this year than any other in the series: Brenner's initials were hand reinforced on 1921's master die and are quite bold.

Unlike most Philadelphia Mint cents, this date is a bit scarce in fully red gem condition. Worn examples are plentiful.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/6/2014

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1921 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.45 0.65 1.10 2.20 9.50 9.50 21.00 23.00 28.00 33.00 47.50 52.50 67.50 77.50 100.00 155 350 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 85.00 115 165 - - -
1921 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 72.50 92.50 125 280 525 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 105 150 350 - - -
1921 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 77.50 110 180 575 1750 12000 57500 - -
$ - - - - - - - 85.00 130 230 650 2700 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 526
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 305 $633.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 94 $70.15
8/9/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25083, 25083/Lot# 11030 $310.50
4/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA Online Session #403, 403/Lot# 7216 $231.15
5/11/2008 PCGS MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 2527, 2527/Lot# 1053 $212.80
12/2/2012 NGC MS 63   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/02/2012, 51/Lot# 86310 $49.00
12/22/2013 NGC MS 62   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 153299 $44.00
6/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20076 $346.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333332037597694123139167314527856132135386478
33333338254464821031281482163856361011206045180
00000038254464821031281482163856361011206000
000000314315170881131331572654567461166279900
1921 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333332850811021231631832203957051110166845948402
3333333113560881091361691952784988401296264358630
0000003113560881091361691952784988401296264300
0000003194270951161491762073366019751482361800
1921 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333457612315518323726531453985613211953574010452
333333317559113316420124628138964410111531321573100
000000317559113316420124628138964410111531321500
0000003316510714417321925529746475011661742447700
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 856
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 539
Owner: M. WHEAT
 
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