Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 47,830,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1918 D 1C MS obverse 1918 D 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite a very high mintage, the 1918-D cent is rare in top grades. These coins were poorly made, with overused dies that were seemingly set slightly further apart than ideal to extend their lives. Fully struck examples are thus very elusive, and those displaying full red color are extremely rare. Most pieces certified as MS RD have a bit subdued, slightly pinkish color, as on the specimen illustrated.

Mint Director Raymond T. Baker commented on the unprecented production of cents in his Annual Report: "Internal revenue taxes on amusement entrance fees and on numerous other services, as well as increased street car fares and additions to other prices, required many 1-cent pieces." The Denver Mint alone used some 467 cent dies this year.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1918 D 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.65 1.45 2.10 10.45 23.45 32.00 35.00 40.00 59.00 81.00 85.00 120 143 234 625 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 310 - - - -
1918 D 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 110 170 285 520 1460 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 325 700 2000 - - -
1918 D 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 225 420 1100 3200 27000 54500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1350 5800 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 548
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
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: 8/13/2019 1918 D 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2342231118913223517426255231----333
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Total2342231118913223517426255231----333
 1 %1 %1 %1 %7 %3 %5 %3 %4 %7 %11 %0 %2 %13 %19 %17 %7 %0 %---- 
1918 D 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------2164686223----175
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Total------------2164686223----175
 ------------1 %9 %26 %49 %13 %2 %---- 
1918 D 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------4288-----40
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Total--------------4288-----40
 --------------10 %70 %20 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Price
10/12/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24103, 24103/Lot# 13197 $556.60
9/23/2007 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1121 $552.00
12/5/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 642, 649/Lot# 1016 $3,795.00
5/27/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/27/2012, 24/Lot# 52454 $23.00
8/27/2012 PCGS AU 55   Brown Teletrade Auction 3336, 3336/Lot# 1098 $23.00
10/6/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 141422 $61.60
10/20/2013 PCGS VF 20   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 114759 $10.00
7/4/2014 NGC MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21039 $162.15
9/28/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131440/Lot# 21546 $423.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 1C MS D Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3336124585135143163230298320423515725130314151533165918762113
33482358102138150185253305354454585918134014541575173119550
000000102138150185253305354454585918134014541575173100
0000001181401562082753133894846551110137814941617180400
1918 1C MS D Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36691650941471551792483203955517931117210622652433261029133240
4671127651121501632022723454476329011447215923212492271130220
0000001121501632022723454476329011447215923212492271100
00000012915217122529637049971210091776221223772551281200
1918 1C MS D Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base699122054102159171194268348426674102117993345820086339083983610635
7910153170121163179219295374509790128023144963834487839334101020
00000012116317921929537450979012802314496383448783933400
00000014016718624332140059190515402830658284898933958500
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1303
Owner: coppermania
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1117
Owner: bradman
 
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