Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 131,833,677
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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1916 1C MS obverse 1916 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

America's economy received a tremendous boost from supplying the warring nations of Europe, and this drove mintages higher than at any time in the nation's past. This record production of cents at the Philadelphia Mint would be exceeded in each successive year through 1919.

1916(P) cents are among the more common issues of this decade in fully red gem condition. Circulated pieces are likewise plentiful across all grades.

The Lincoln Cent's obverse master hub was replaced this year with one having greater detail than that of 1909. A fully struck 1916 cent from fresh dies will thus display more fine detail than any other date in the series, as these delicate features began to wear away from the master almost immediately. This date is perhaps the ideal representation of Brenner's design at its pinnacle of perfection.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/4/2014

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1916 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 0.23 0.30 0.70 2.10 7.50 11.50 12.50 13.50 15.50 21.00 25.00 42.50 55.00 95.00 125 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 28.00 47.50 65.00 100.00 - - -
1916 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 25.00 35.00 50.00 88.00 170 220 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 60.00 100.00 190 - - -
1916 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 85.00 135 415 800 3075 - - -
$ - - - - - - 60.00 90.00 165 460 1525 4000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 806
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 277 $35.00
10/5/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24102, 24102/Lot# 11111 $101.20
9/20/2009 PCGS MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 2747, 2747/Lot# 1100 $41.00
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7386 $322.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 66   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6661 $346.63
3/9/2014 NGC MS 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 135070 $222.42
3/16/2014 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 795, 804/Lot# 23 $80.00
5/4/2014 PCGS MS 65   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191250 $176.82


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333628414550546372281021752203514374875396351010
33341332424751576672531261902643804545045717600
0000004247515766725312619026438045450457100
0000004448536069727715120530740847052260300
1916 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161616202020242424282832371432013305516637318049311424
1616172020212424252829347216224440458868675584610950
0000002424252829347216224440458868675584600
00000024242728313510818228747762670878088900
1916 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24282828323237374145455059201320463101315053045325436094898
252828293234373842454753106241368646117720183115337240390
000000373842454753106241368646117720183115337200
000000374044454856154280415830134125323184349100
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 1505
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1013
Owner: dcg
 
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