Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 206,698,000
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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1942 D 1C MS obverse 1942 D 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The huge mintage of cents from the Denver Mint in 1942 was still not enough to meet the needs of commerce. It was largely suspected that millions of earlier cents were idled by unintentional hoarding, and this was especially severe during the holiday season: "Word comes from Washington that the Treasury is urging 30 million school children to enlist in a pre-Christmas drive to put these idle coins to work."

Most 1942-D cents were reasonably well made, but the stepped up production did lead to some overuse of the dies. Thus, collectors will need to be picky in selecting sharply struck coins.

Two very distinct repunched mintmark varieties are recognized by NGC for this issue. One has the mintmark repunched south of the first impression and the other to the east.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/19/2014

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1942 D 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 0.06 0.08 0.20 0.35 0.45 0.55 0.60 0.65 0.75 1.05 1.35 3.60 7.15 10.00 17.00 30.00 - - -
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1942 D 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2.45 5.00 10.50 13.50 23.00 35.00 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1942 D 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 7.75 14.50 21.00 30.00 235 13000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 2750 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3172
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/12/2000 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2000 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #220, 220/Lot# 34 $23.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 87 $81.00
9/26/2005 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #55, 60/Lot# 32 $54.05
5/15/2011 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 3066, 3066/Lot# 1132 $161.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2226 $364.25
4/14/2013 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/14/2013, 70/Lot# 81189 $21.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 D 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1942 D 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333616324594143163201369
333333333333492136611101501762570
0000003333334921366111015017600
00000033333351327417812715618800
1942 D 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base366666666669916244563123695574762868200
46666666667911193151833142379592769240
00000066667911193151833142379592700
000000666689142138571035044063610600
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 774
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 695
Owner: Bob Corsini
 
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