Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
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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1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS obverse 1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Erosion of the obverse die, perhaps in combination with the mintmark cavity catching grease or other debris, led to the coining of numerous 1922-dated cents at Denver that revealed no mintmark. Three die marriages are known displaying this phenomenon, but the most highly desired is the one illustrated in which the reverse die is fresh and sharp.

David W. Lange writes in The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents: "The significance and great value attached to the 1922 cent without mintmark D is based entirely on the curious coincidence of no cents being coined at the Philadelphia Mint during 1922. There's no telling how many other times that cents were issued from the branch mints without a visible mintmark; such pieces are automatically branded as P-Mint coins, though the generally poor state of the dies would be a clue to their real status."

This popular oddity is not a true variety, as the obverse die began its term normally and then deteriorated to the point that its mintmark vanished. It is actually a die state, and as such should command little attention, but early publicizing of these defective coins by Maurice Scharlack and other dealers cemented its place in United States coin collecting.

Examples displaying full red color are extremely rare, and the RB specimen illustrated is about as fine as this coin comes.

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1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 660 760 800 925 2050 2050 4100 4400 5150 7750 12250 13500 15250 27500 36500 77500 - - - - -
$ 2400 4600 5000 5900 8750 14000 15000 18000 31000 40000 90000 - - -
1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 19500 25000 36500 51000 97500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 22500 27500 40000 57500 115000 - - -
1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 31250 40630 74380 123500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2445
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 64


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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base395631908105113931609192821972476264328703009311531833345757086441104713914172962953143117
47372395511651465171520172290253127182916304431373237475379289445120021504121374340590
0000002017229025312718291630443137323747537928944512002150412137400
00000021072383258727942962307931603291616182861024612958161682545200
1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331505219726542910324734473564363938178428958812664158261953774099130518
33333503173523492739302233133486358936985354881410613137181706337724929050
00000017352349273930223313348635893698535488141061313718170633772400
00000019662501282431343380352536143757689192011163814772183005591100
1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333315052197297033653858414142754361456597561104713914172962125382669134561
333335031735245431013529395241854303442962951018612002150411861541725999660
000000173524543101352939524185430344296295101861200215041186154172500
000000196627123233369340464230433244978025106161295816168199346219700
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Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 8428
Owner: brent137
 
Grade: AU 55 BN
Points: 2643
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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