Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 4,480,000
Catalog: KM-132
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1931 D 1C MS obverse 1931 D 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of cents at Denver plunged in 1931, an inevitable response to the nation's devastated economy. Many of these cents were not released until a few years later, and collector complaints about the unavailability of this and other current issues prompted the Treasury to disseminate instructions on how to obtain up to two examples of each coin on hand. Both the real and merely perceived rarity of these early 1930s coins is what created the roll market that was so much a part of the coin business for decades.

1931-D cents were well made for the most part, but quite a few show signs of tired dies. Fully red gems are very scarce, and circulated pieces are slightly scarce.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/7/2013

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1931 D 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.75 3.75 5.00 6.50 13.00 13.00 30.00 35.00 38.00 50.00 57.00 60.00 70.00 90.00 120 190 325 - - - -
$ - 35.00 40.00 44.00 55.00 64.00 68.00 78.00 105 140 280 360 - -
1931 D 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 64.80 84.00 110 170 345 490 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 73.00 94.00 135 220 430 650 - -
1931 D 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 120 150 290 900 4600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 135 180 450 1350 5500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 692
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/30/1999 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1181, 1181/Lot# 1095 $49.05
1/7/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 4653 $747.50
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 348 $776.25
10/23/2006 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 110, 115/Lot# 87 $2,530.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7403 $276.00
12/16/2012 PCGS MS 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/16/2012, 53/Lot# 89875 $79.20
8/30/2013 NGC   Brown Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4260 $129.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1931 D 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base369916509814315917519021223425133039262086518602665729513444
47911276611314816418019721923927735046870111962128420893440
00000011314816418019721923927735046870111962128420800
00000012815316918520422624530337154478315282396575100
1931 D 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6912122054106151163179194216255317372517888113023053242907316699
71012143171121155168184201229275335420640968152126175185116150
00000012115516818420122927533542064096815212617518500
000000136159173189208242296353468764104919132929712900
1931 D 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121624245910615116718319822025842350276416873635469474311093920054
10131824357412115617218820523231344958910712336398856068600139770
0000001211561721882052323134495891071233639885606860000
0000001361611771932122453684756761379298543416518976900
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1687
Owner: Albert Huber
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1687
Owner: rlm's cents
 
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