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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1955 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.75 12.75 17.50 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1955 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11.00 20.00 65.00 3000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1671
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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12/12/2005 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #66, 71/Lot# 71 $31.05
10/21/2007 NGC MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 2438, 2438/Lot# 1075 $47.00
4/13/2011 NGC MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 3048, 3048/Lot# 1135 $17.00
1/1/2013 NGC MS 65   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12169 $9,106.25
9/15/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/15/2013, 92/Lot# 82324 $6.00
10/27/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 147619 $8.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3567 $2,937.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1955 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333361228374554115
333333333333334817313948740
00000033333333481731394800
000000333333335102234425100
1955 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333332050728185106209
33333333333333930577582921400
000000333333339305775829200
0000003333333314406578849900
1955 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333341812553009321635694847
33333333333333165413911733078333439950
00000033333333165413911733078333400
00000033333333286819720913147345100
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 3009
Owner: PDL57
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 3009
Owner: R.J.M. Rare Coins
 
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