Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 39,157,000
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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1921 1C MS obverse 1921 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The minting of cents at Philadelphia dropped off rapidly during 1921, as the huge numbers struck during the previous five years proved quite sufficient to meet current demand during this recession year. Most of this production from both the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints occurred during January-March, with sporadic supplemental minting in July and November.

In keeping with the restricted budgets imposed on all government agencies during the 1920s, the dies were used well past their ideal service, and poorly struck 1921(P) cents are common (the coin illustrated is an exception). Ironically, one feature was sharper during this year than any other in the series: Brenner's initials were hand reinforced on 1921's master die and are quite bold.

Unlike most Philadelphia Mint cents, this date is a bit scarce in fully red gem condition. Worn examples are plentiful.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/6/2014

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1921 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.45 0.65 1.10 2.20 9.50 9.50 21.00 23.00 28.00 33.00 47.50 52.50 67.50 77.50 100.00 155 350 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 85.00 115 165 - - -
1921 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 72.50 92.50 125 280 525 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 105 150 350 - - -
1921 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 77.50 110 180 575 1750 12000 57500 - -
$ - - - - - - - 85.00 130 230 650 2700 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 537
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/5/2001 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Signature Sale #256, 256/Lot# 5903 $9,775.00
1/8/2003 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 5696 $299.00
12/7/2003 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 1815, 1815/Lot# 1040 $1,980.00
9/19/2005 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1550 $63.25
12/5/2011 PCGS MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 642, 649/Lot# 1141 $1,380.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6673 $55.23
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 62   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 185054 $40.00
7/11/2014 NGC MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5282 $164.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333363781859411513519494265298366515908994108512441849
3334165282881011221551941512763214166469371024113814460
00000082881011221551941512763214166469371024113800
00000084911081281741942082873434657779651055119100
1921 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base595963677276818589949810612328234543778311731276138615762292
5960646973788286919510111217630337655291312071313144918150
0000008286919510111217630337655291312071313144900
00000084889297103117229324406668104312421349151300
1921 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base899498102111115123127135143147155183298395575123923025563588864378383
919599105112118124130138144150164221330455796159333895671607170860
000000124130138144150164221330455796159333895671607100
0000001261321401461521742603635151018194844765780625400
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 2302
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1239
Owner: M. WHEAT
 
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