Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 991,655,000
Catalog: KM-A132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Brass
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1946 1C MS obverse 1946 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mints continued to omit tin from the cent's alloy during 1946, as normal deliveries of that metal had yet to resume after the war's end. The Philadelphia Mint struck nearly a billion cents that year, only a modest reduction from 1945.

This issue is common in most grades, though there's a remarkable drop-off in the certified population between MS 66 RD and MS 67 RD. Only minor varieties are known for 1946 cents.

The U. S. Mint's overall payroll dropped by more than a thousand persons from Fiscal Year 1945 to FY1946. Sharp, post-war inflation left the remaining employees underpaid, and Congressional action was required to provide them with an emergency pay raise that passed April 19, 1946.

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Last Updated: 8/20/2014

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1946 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.10 0.10 0.12 0.13 0.15 0.18 0.35 0.40 1.20 1.50 1.85 6.75 15.00 32.00 - - -
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1946 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.00 4.75 7.75 28.00 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1946 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13.00 26.00 265 1550 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 600 8950 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1496
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/7/2005 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #27, 31/Lot# 102 $28.75
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1390 $201.25
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1578 $1,725.00
2/7/2013 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7387 $211.50
3/11/2013 NGC MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 3421, 3421/Lot# 3162 $110.00
3/9/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 176290 $14.00
7/13/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 197820 $165.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1946 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333333328745219726993028
3333333333333333112671229236428080
0000003333333333112671229236400
0000003333333333195061713253100
1946 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333391628115151171163304
333333333333351120571271581712100
0000003333333511205712715817100
0000003333333714248613916417100
1946 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333333501067542161232426433675
33333333333333196932212232215243029870
00000033333333196932212232215243000
00000033333333348753816922270253700
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 2161
Owner: hunter's gold
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 754
Owner: Big Tiger
 
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