Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 330,958,000
Catalog: KM-A132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1955 1C MS obverse 1955 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Quality control was extremely poor for 1955 Philadelphia Mint cents. Severely worn dies remained in the presses far too long, as all three mints struggled to stay within their very tight budgets. Fully red gems do exist, but ones having a decent strike are scarce. One reader of The Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine put it quite succinctly at the time: "Attention speculators! Save your perfect 1955-P cents and you too can own future rarities!" He went on to add: "The penny-makers should hide in shame."

In addition to the very famous doubled-die obverse variety described in the succeeding entry, there is a lesser variety (FS-002) that in any other year would be considered quite special. It is still popular, despite being overshadowed by the big one (FS-101).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/20/2014

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1955 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.05 0.06 0.08 0.09 0.10 0.10 0.12 0.13 0.15 0.18 0.30 0.38 0.65 0.85 1.85 3.90 8.50 - - - -
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1955 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.75 12.75 17.50 - - - -
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1955 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11.00 20.00 65.00 3000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 250 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1626
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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12/26/2005 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #68, 73/Lot# 75 $350.75
10/28/2007 NGC MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 2441, 2441/Lot# 1064 $41.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 7680 $345.00
6/3/2012 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/03/2012, 25/Lot# 54873 $45.00
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 220156 $48.00
11/7/2014 NGC MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers iAuction 3507, 6061/Lot# 23070 $293.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1955 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333361228374554115
333333333333334817313948740
00000033333333481731394800
000000333333335102234425100
1955 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333331645637285106209
33333333333333725516676921400
000000333333337255166769200
0000003333333311355769809900
1955 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333332671591589196921243009
333333333333331243976351715202024190
000000333333331243976351715202000
00000033333333225512811121842207200
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1589
Owner: PDL57
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1589
Owner: R.J.M. Rare Coins
 
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