Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Memorial Reverse (1959-2008)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,261,583
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Frank Gasparro
Composition: Brass
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1966 SMS 1C MS obverse 1966 SMS 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In 1964, the United States faced a coinage shortage. Due to this, the mint ceased production of normal proof coins, which required significantly more work with die and planchet preparation. As a substitute, they created the Special Mint Set, which contained coins that weren't quite proofs, but were clearly of a higher quality than normal circulation coins. This allowed the mint to place more resources into producing coins for circulation. These special sets were issued in 1965, 1966 and 1967 before normal proof production started once more in 1968.

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Last Updated: 10/31/2014

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1966 SMS 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.07 0.07 0.07 0.08 0.17 1.05 1.15 1.45 1.75 9.50 15.00 20.00 - - -
1966 SMS 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.00 12.00 19.00 25.00 - - -
1966 SMS 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11.00 19.00 28.00 40.00 200 1500 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 -
1966 SMS 1C MS RDC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 210 285 475 2500 - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3313
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1966 SMS 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------2----2
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Total-----------------2----2
 -----------------100%---- 
1966 SMS 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------171831235--85
-----------------82---10
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Total--------------171839255--95
 --------------1%7%19%41%26%5%-- 
1966 SMS 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1147356722332401-3129
-----------------7141--22
------------------1---1
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Total--------------1147357422482411-3152
 --------------0%0%2%18%71%8%0%- 
1966 SMS 1C MS RBC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-2---3
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Total----------------1-2---3
 ----------------33%-67%--- 
1966 SMS 1C MS RDC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------121542283--91
-----------------1----1
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Total--------------121543283--92
 --------------1%2%16%47%30%3%-- 
1966 SMS 1C MS RDU
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1-2----3
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Total---------------1-2----3
 ---------------33%-67%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1966 SMS 1C MS BN
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Base333333333333333637598194119147
333333333333334164466851021280
0000003333333341644668510200
0000003333333352752749011100
1966 SMS 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161616161616161616161616161616164576102119147183
1616161616161616161616161616162655851081281590
00000016161616161616161626558510812800
00000016161616161616161635669311313800
1966 SMS 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161616161616161616161616161616417611516362021242385
1616161616161616161616161616245389131315112122110
0000001616161616161616245389131315112100
00000016161616161616163364102147468162300
1966 SMS 1C MS RBC
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Base99999999999121216163665978202124233525853601
99999999991012131613244367112542194241829230
00000099991012131613244367112542194241800
00000099991112141624952074516892264250100
1966 SMS 1C MS RDC
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Base16161616161616161616161616161664279311032754294832793636
161616161616161616161616161622569289616532819305833980
000000161616161616161622569289616532819305800
0000001616161616161616433743100022042883316900
1966 SMS 1C MS RBU
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28374554637681899498102106127147175201366477783166832813428
314048576778849195991031131341561842564035791078220633300
000000849195991031131341561842564035791078220600
0000008692971011051201401661923114406811373274300
1966 SMS 1C MS RDU
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Base374150597285899810210611511913916319022084611702885308634283797
384453637686929910310911612614717220042995417422952320035510
000000929910310911612614717220042995417422952320000
00000095101105112118132155181210637106223133019331400
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Grade: MS 67 RD CAMEO
Points: 2754
Owner: dleonard-3
 
Grade: MS 67 RD CAMEO
Points: 2754
Owner: Jameses
 
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