Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 991,655,000
Catalog: KM-A132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Brass
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1946 1C MS obverse 1946 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mints continued to omit tin from the cent's alloy during 1946, as normal deliveries of that metal had yet to resume after the war's end. The Philadelphia Mint struck nearly a billion cents that year, only a modest reduction from 1945.

This issue is common in most grades, though there's a remarkable drop-off in the certified population between MS 66 RD and MS 67 RD. Only minor varieties are known for 1946 cents.

The U. S. Mint's overall payroll dropped by more than a thousand persons from Fiscal Year 1945 to FY1946. Sharp, post-war inflation left the remaining employees underpaid, and Congressional action was required to provide them with an emergency pay raise that passed April 19, 1946.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/20/2014

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1946 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.10 0.10 0.12 0.13 0.15 0.18 0.35 0.40 1.20 1.50 1.85 6.75 15.00 32.00 - - -
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1946 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.00 4.75 7.75 28.00 - - - -
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1946 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13.00 26.00 265 1550 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 600 8950 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1419
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/7/2004 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 4691 $2,300.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 385 $647.45
2/25/2010 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 457, 463/Lot# 7072 $138.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1390 $201.25
3/6/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red Teletrade Auction 3025, 3025/Lot# 2753 $138.00
5/6/2012 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/06/2012, 21/Lot# 43997 $30.00
7/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 185121 $8.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1946 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333333328745219726993028
3333333333333333112671229236428080
0000003333333333112671229236400
0000003333333333195061713253100
1946 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333331624106123139163183
33333333333333718511111281471690
000000333333337185111112814700
0000003333333311217811713315500
1946 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333324673511649246426432831
3333333333333310381617831920252327050
0000003333333310381617831920252300
00000033333333175225612162192258300
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1649
Owner: dcg
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1649
Owner: hunter's gold
 
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