Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 14,360,000
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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1933 1C MS obverse 1933 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite its relatively low mintage, the 1933(P) cent is fairly common in Mint State. Most were not released at the time of coining and later fell into the hands of speculators when they were released a year or two later.

Fully red gems are plentiful, though precious few qualify for the highest grades sought by registry collectors. Most survivors are well struck, though a few will show some moderate die erosion. This issue was always somewhat scarce in circulation, but the availablity of so many Mint State coins holds their values in check.

It's likely that the Philadelphia Mint could have skipped cent production altogether in 1933, but it did its best to keep its skilled staff employed until better times arrived. In his book The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents, David W. Lange observed that "the 1933 issue was coined in small batches spread out over many months. Clearly...this was a coinage of convenience rather than necessity."

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/18/2014

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1933 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.35 1.70 2.25 2.85 5.50 5.50 12.50 13.50 14.50 17.00 20.00 22.00 26.00 32.00 35.00 45.00 80.00 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 24.00 28.00 34.00 38.00 55.00 100.00 - -
1933 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 26.00 30.00 35.00 45.00 82.50 125 650 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 90.00 165 - -
1933 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 32.00 38.00 72.50 155 490 3900 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 35.00 47.50 85.00 220 1100 5250 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 646
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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12/8/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2004 December Dallas Signature Sale #277, 277/Lot# 5328 $138.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 65 $287.50
11/1/2009 PCGS MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 2765, 2765/Lot# 1138 $58.00
9/22/2011 PCGS MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 621, 628/Lot# 4079 $356.50
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6718 $58.75
10/20/2013 NGC MS 65   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 145959 $55.00
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1206/Lot# 3211 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1933 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333391624323741506715929851784219073529
333333351118263338445597205371625119724470
000000351118263338445597205371625119700
0000003713212935394761128251444733155200
1933 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333331224375050596794209415692109225894779
3333333616284150536176132277507825159133190
0000003616284150536176132277507825159100
0000003920324550566485170346599958209000
1933 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333203759768194106143298517842130133566160
33333338254464778598118194371625995198642900
00000038254464778598118194371625995198600
00000031431517079891021302464447331148267100
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 842
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 517
Owner: D.M. Russo
 
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