Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 288,104,634
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1918 1C MS obverse 1918 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Numismatists of the time shook their heads at the astonishing number of cents produced during 1918, with yet another new record set at the Philadelphia Mint. What they failed to notice until two or three years later is that Brenner's initials V.D.B. were restored to his cent with this issue, though its new placement was nearly hidden on the truncation of Lincoln's bust. The death of Chief Engraver Charles Barber the year before removed the last objection to their appearance.

Common in all circulated grades, 1918(P) cents are likewise readily available in all but the highest Mint State grades. This is perhaps the first cent since 1910 that may be considered common with full red color, though many of these coins are held to lower MS grades because of spotting, fingerprinting, etc.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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1918 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.20 0.25 0.42 1.30 3.45 9.50 9.50 11.50 12.15 15.50 19.00 26.00 37.00 47.00 170 325 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 43.00 55.00 - - - -
1918 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 39.00 55.00 115 250 475 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 60.00 135 275 - - -
1918 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 80.00 170 365 925 3875 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 60.00 95.00 200 430 1950 12250 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 665
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 6/11/2019 1918 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--31223-3614-322474452----157
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Total--31223-3614-322474452----157
 --2 %1 %1 %1 %2 %-2 %4 %9 %-2 %14 %30 %28 %3 %1 %---- 
1918 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1--20104129692----325
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Total----------1--20104129692----325
 ----------0 %--6 %32 %40 %21 %1 %---- 
1918 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2248756104---183
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----------------13----4
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Total-------------2248757134---187
 -------------1 %13 %47 %30 %7 %2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
12/10/2007 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 202, 208/Lot# 68 $218.50
12/12/2010 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 2976, 2976/Lot# 1043 $14.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2362 $1,207.50
9/6/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3536 $1,057.50
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1261 $822.50
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30150 $101.05
7/13/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 206822 $111.09
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 7154 $705.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333331220283745506376106151201502865948103611891358
333361523314047546786121168301623893977108712450
00000023314047546786121168301623893977108700
000000253442485972961361844027449201007113800
1918 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336661624374150547210215922040972511031201130614881688
346691928384451608212117928351485111361236136715550
00000028384451608212117928351485111361236136700
00000033404753669214020034662097711681271142700
1918 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base669992028415054598111520130455199016343639529358007607
67991323324451566692144235386697120523024190546264020
000000324451566692144235386697120523024190546200
0000003747535774104172270469844141929714742563100
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 990
Owner: Coinbuf
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 990
Owner: pestrele
 
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