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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.23 0.30 0.70 2.10 7.50 7.50 11.50 12.50 13.50 15.50 17.50 21.00 25.00 42.50 55.00 95.00 125 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 28.00 47.50 65.00 100.00 - - -
1916 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 35.00 50.00 88.00 170 220 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 60.00 100.00 190 - - -
1916 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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: 792
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 276 $230.00
9/27/2007 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 344 $920.00
8/17/2009 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 2733, 2733/Lot# 1032 $632.50
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12138 $2,467.50
4/14/2013 PCGS MS 67   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/14/2013, 70/Lot# 110439 $2,365.00
7/28/2013 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131332/Lot# 26022 $146.88
3/16/2014 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 795, 804/Lot# 23 $80.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333369162028415098262450764119327735176
333333347111722324466152324554907171935740
000000347111722324466152324554907171900
0000003581318253647822073876591050224600
1916 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333339122028375967131333609997151536576810
33333335101422314461881984257381169222947080
00000035101422314461881984257381169222900
000000371117253451641092655178671342294300
1916 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333331220324559941061944617451193178146358582
333333361424364970981352835558941389273259500
000000361424364970981352835558941389273200
00000039172840548210216437265010431585368300
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 745
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 461
Owner: dcg
 
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