Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 1,193,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1914 D 1C MS obverse 1914 D 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though not the lowest mintage issue in the Lincoln Cent series (both 1909-S V.D.B. and 1931-S are lower), the 1,193,000 cents coined at Denver in 1914 have the smallest surviving population. The other two dates were targeted by speculators and thus survive in disproportionately high numbers, while 1914-D cents flew under the radar until the opportunity to save them was all but lost.

Most surviving Mint State examples of this date are probably from a hoard of 700 pieces mentioned by Walter Breen and still in existence through the early 1950s. Others are from two rolls of spotted red and brown pieces that was discovered in Hawaii or the Philippines during the 1970s, according to a first-hand account by Dave Bowers.

Though sharply struck 1914-D cents are found, most have moderate die erosion and loss of detail, the lapel of Lincoln's coat being a shallow feature of the design often lost to severe die polishing.

This rarity is often faked by adding a D mintmark to Philadlephia coins or by shaving down the first 4 on 1944-D cents. Both alterations are easilty detected. The D mintmark on 1914-D cents was not used after 1931, and 1944 cents have letters V.D.B. on the truncation of Lincoln's bust, while those made before 1918 do not.

Note: This coin is commonly targeted by counterfeiters. Learn more here.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/11/2019

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1914 D 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 155 215 260 375 780 1430 1630 1950 2325 2450 2600 3050 3500 5000 7000 12500 - - - -
$ 1000 - 1700 2150 2400 - - - 4100 5350 - - - -
1914 D 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2850 3450 4000 5850 10750 19000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 4650 6200 14500 - - -
1914 D 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 3850 4850 6875 22850 54500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 4400 6250 11500 36500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5609
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1914 D 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base287001119109114052172305769119125118615155174----5367
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Total287001119109114052172305769119125118615155174----5367
 1 %13 %21 %20 %26 %4 %4 %1 %1 %2 %2 %0 %0 %1 %1 %1 %0 %0 %---- 
1914 D 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------2115079383----183
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Total------------2115079383----183
 ------------1 %6 %27 %43 %21 %2 %---- 
1914 D 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------3430184----59
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Total-------------3430184----59
 -------------5 %7 %51 %31 %7 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 329 $5,750.00
11/4/2004 PCGS XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 5468 $575.00
3/30/2008 PCGS VF 25   Brown Teletrade Auction 2509, 2509/Lot# 1037 $504.00
1/3/2012 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 9584 $104.00
4/15/2012 NGC VF 20   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131217/Lot# 21089 $351.90
1/1/2013 PCGS F 15   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14220 $212.68
2/3/2013 PCGS G 6   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 737, 746/Lot# 37 $180.00
3/16/2014 PCGS AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 158362 $1,650.00
10/9/2016 PCGS Genuine VG   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131642/Lot# 25548 $89.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1914 1C MS D Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base577597695793102816091799214322332319255527272807303334863817449956565990633269078955
584630728871122216721914217322622398261227542882318435964044488557676104652475900
0000001914217322622398261227542882318435964044488557676104652400
0000002028220322902476267027802958333537074272527058796218671500
1914 1C MS D Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6206427358291088169718862215233523682671286029363216360140955316668570587446809710391
627673766915129117601996225523462469273428853029334437664502577268097187766388620
0000001996225523462469273428853029334437664502577268097187766300
0000002105229523572570279729113123347339304909622969347317788000
1914 1C MS D Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66368477486511451869196922852433244827812985305733863765433329361175412318129021387714905
6707148049581386190220742334243825592849300931673512395443335875119421251313227142200
0000002074233424382559284930093167351239544333587511942125131322700
0000002180238424432670291730333276363941444333881512130127071355200
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Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 3817
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: MS 63 RB
Points: 3601
Owner: JTO
 
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