Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 29,092,120
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1915 1C MS obverse 1915 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1915(P) cent is highly unusual in that it's mintage is fairly close to that of its Denver Mint counterpart. In other words, its mintage is surprisingly low for a P-Mint penny. Why this was so is unknown, but it must have been influenced by the very large mintages of 1909-14.

While not a truly rare coin, it is less often across all grades than other Philly cents of the decade. Fully red gems are very scarce, and even red-brown coins are elusive.

The master hub was evidently retouched by the Philadelphia Mint's engraving department for 1915's coinage, as examples from fresh dies reveal much more detail than on the sharpest 1909-14 cents.




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Last Updated: 6/24/2015

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1915 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.50 2.25 5.75 16.50 50.00 60.00 75.00 80.00 85.00 90.00 95.00 105 115 145 350 575 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 125 175 375 - - -
1915 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 105 110 135 235 400 650 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 150 265 475 - - -
1915 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 150 165 225 380 1150 2200 12750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 250 450 1250 4400 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 617
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 957 $978.00
6/25/2007 NGC MS 63   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 284 $109.25
2/4/2009 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 427 $17,250.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 3215, 3215/Lot# 1149 $210.00
2/19/2012 PCGS MS 63   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/19/2012, 8/Lot# 33402 $99.00
10/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/28/2012, 46/Lot# 81901 $176.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Brown Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30145 $207.98
3/9/2014 PCGS MS 63   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 175817 $118.80
3/6/2015 NGC MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3524, 6093/Lot# 21021 $115.15
2/16/2017 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1252/Lot# 7109 $881.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base366206720122723728830432033635138140948990812391346146116591878
461136112210230254293309325341361390436629101812751384152717320
000000230254293309325341361390436629101812751384152700
000000234271299315331346371400462768112913101423159300
1915 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base369247622024825831433034836338139546369599013031415153317381962
471441124229251277319336353369386418540793109413401454160118130
000000251277319336353369386418540793109413401454160100
000000255295325342358375390440618892119913781494167000
1915 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base69122885241268282339357378395502539674958184325855702698676078269
71017471372502733013453643844315145847691253209036246130719378280
0000002733013453643844315145847691253209036246130719300
0000002773203513713894665276298631548233846636558740000
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1843
Owner: Coinbuf
 
Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 1239
Owner: Just coins
 
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