Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 131,833,677
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1916 1C MS obverse 1916 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

America's economy received a tremendous boost from supplying the warring nations of Europe, and this drove mintages higher than at any time in the nation's past. This record production of cents at the Philadelphia Mint would be exceeded in each successive year through 1919.

1916(P) cents are among the more common issues of this decade in fully red gem condition. Circulated pieces are likewise plentiful across all grades.

The Lincoln Cent's obverse master hub was replaced this year with one having greater detail than that of 1909. A fully struck 1916 cent from fresh dies will thus display more fine detail than any other date in the series, as these delicate features began to wear away from the master almost immediately. This date is perhaps the ideal representation of Brenner's design at its pinnacle of perfection.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/29/2019

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1916 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.25 0.30 0.75 2.25 7.50 12.00 12.50 13.50 16.50 18.00 21.00 25.00 42.00 60.00 95.00 125 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 28.00 48.00 65.00 100.00 - - -
1916 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 35.00 50.00 88.00 175 220 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 60.00 100.00 190 - - -
1916 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 85.00 135 335 700 2450 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 60.00 90.00 165 460 1100 6900 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 965
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1916 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-743467-199153651851892---257
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Total-743467-199153651851892---257
 -3 %2 %1 %2 %2 %3 %-0 %4 %4 %0 %2 %14 %20 %33 %7 %4 %1 %--- 
1916 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------12188199121132---445
---------------1--1---2
----------------1-----1
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Total------------12188200122133---448
 ------------0 %5 %20 %45 %27 %3 %1 %--- 
1916 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------11581132277---263
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---------------11-----2
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Total-------------11582133277---265
 -------------0 %6 %31 %50 %10 %3 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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Price
8/18/2004 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 5308 $1,955.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1078 $690.00
1/27/2008 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68021, 68021/Lot# 61035 $60.00
12/29/2008 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2633, 2633/Lot# 1009 $149.50
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6662 $276.13
10/6/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 118038 $36.50
3/16/2014 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 795, 804/Lot# 23 $80.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333362837455054637285102175220351437487539635743
33341331404751576676911261902643804545045716710
0000004047515766769112619026438045450457100
0000004248536069819615120530740847052260300
1916 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33669374150545972811021432013305516637318049311073
346718384451566375881161622444045886867558469780
00000044515663758811616224440458868675584600
00000047535768789512918228747762670878088900
1916 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66991241455459678189115201320463101315053045325436093992
679102242485662728498144241368646117720183115337237370
000000485662728498144241368646117720183115337200
0000005157647686106172280415830134125323184349100
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 1505
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1013
Owner: mtayl03
 
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