Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 310,165,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1920 1C MS obverse 1920 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue proved to be the last wartime-induced high mintage cent, and 20 years would pass before the 310 million mark was exceeded. Examples are common in all grades, and there are enough fully red gems to satisfy the most competitive registry collectors.

Most 1920(P) cents are reasonably well struck, but none offer the wealth of fine details seen on some 1916-17 cents. The obverse master hub wore down from the generation of so many dies during the booming war years, and Lincoln's portrait afterward continued to deteriorate steadily through 1968.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/29/2019

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1920 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.30 0.35 0.50 2.25 2.25 4.50 7.00 10.00 12.00 14.00 17.00 18.00 24.00 38.50 60.00 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 45.00 70.00 - - -
1920 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 34.00 67.50 160 385 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 29.00 40.00 80.00 200 - - -
1920 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 40.00 52.50 100.00 355 935 16000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 125 400 1685 19500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 863
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: 2/23/2021 1920 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-653523-3811-327433671----163
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Total-653523-3811-327433671----163
 -4%3%2%3%1%2%-2%5%7%-2%17%26%22%4%1%---- 
1920 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------12299189574----372
-----------------1----1
-----------------1----1
-----------------1----1
Total------------12299189577----375
 ------------0%6%26%50%15%2%---- 
1920 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------122514795553---328
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---------------1------1
----------------1-----1
Total------------122514896553---330
 ------------0%1%8%45%29%17%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333336121624374154597298159237268301339406680
3333481319283845566381118185247279314361497714
000000131928384556638111818524727931436100
000000152133405057688913921125829032638400
1920 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121616161620202032505472761021392655279661056115113161947
131616161720202438516073851141813526739961088120615262044
000000202438516073851141813526739961088120600
0000002028445366759312722344082010261119126100
1920 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2424242828323237375967859416321236691616096248660271989307
242425282932343744627388117179263549114731556366680179019772
000000343744627388117179263549114731556366680100
000000353752647991140196315733137847026484699900
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 1609
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 996
Owner: coppermania
 
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