Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
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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1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS obverse 1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Erosion of the obverse die, perhaps in combination with the mintmark cavity catching grease or other debris, led to the coining of numerous 1922-dated cents at Denver that revealed no mintmark. Three die marriages are known displaying this phenomenon, but the most highly desired is the one illustrated in which the reverse die is fresh and sharp.

David W. Lange writes in The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents: "The significance and great value attached to the 1922 cent without mintmark D is based entirely on the curious coincidence of no cents being coined at the Philadelphia Mint during 1922. There's no telling how many other times that cents were issued from the branch mints without a visible mintmark; such pieces are automatically branded as P-Mint coins, though the generally poor state of the dies would be a clue to their real status."

This popular oddity is not a true variety, as the obverse die began its term normally and then deteriorated to the point that its mintmark vanished. It is actually a die state, and as such should command little attention, but early publicizing of these defective coins by Maurice Scharlack and other dealers cemented its place in United States coin collecting.

Examples displaying full red color are extremely rare, and the RB specimen illustrated is about as fine as this coin comes.

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1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 700 775 850 1000 2275 3950 4650 5400 8750 13750 17000 28000 41000 88000 - - - - -
$ 2650 - - - - - - - - - - - -
1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 36000 45000 65000 115000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 57500 85000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2579
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 64


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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1351139314771558170726143462354536393902469457023115628677568929121781275713356139761500918582
1365142115041608200928973490357637274166503057024172677681471001212371129571356314320162000
000000349035763727416650305702417267768147100121237112957135631432000
000000351736083814443053665702522972668538110951256413156137691466500
1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base25132578264527132782285329252998307331493226330535648515923410515127571335613976146171568519372
2535260026682736280628772949302330983175325233915214875596611126212957135631419014973169140
000000294930233098317532523391521487559661112621295713563141901497300
0000002974304831243200327934786865899410088120101315613769144031532900
1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base306531413218329733773459354136263712379938883979427595111007411529120851266113257138741490118455
30903167324433243404348635693655374138293918407860209699105591171412277128601346314216160860
0000003569365537413829391840786020969910559117141227712860134631421600
0000003598368337703858394941767766988611044119001246913058136681455900
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Grade: AU 55 BN
Points: 3902
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: VF 20 BN
Points: 1707
Owner: Buddee
 
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