Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 49,280,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1920 D 1C MS obverse 1920 D 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1920-D cents were produced in great quantity, but quality was certainly not in the offing. With a sharply reduced staff since and widespread budget cuts since the war's end, mediocre coins would be the norm throughout the 1920s.

Very few 1920-D cents display sharp strikes, as the dies were used far too long. More typical are noticeably worn dies having distorted peripheral elements and one or more cracks (photos). Mint State survivors are seldom found fully red, and this issue presents a real challenge to collectors.

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Last Updated: 8/6/2014

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1920 D 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.80 1.20 2.35 4.75 18.00 37.50 42.50 52.50 60.00 72.50 87.50 105 145 205 500 1250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 160 275 600 - - -
1920 D 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 130 200 365 700 1600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 145 225 425 875 - - -
1920 D 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 160 255 490 2150 28500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 180 285 815 3100 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 521
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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1/8/1997 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 0909, 909/Lot# 1056 $76.30
6/6/2005 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #41, 45/Lot# 44 $488.75
7/12/2012 NGC MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7347 $373.75
7/11/2013 PCGS MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1187/Lot# 7298 $705.00
6/29/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 204168 $21.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 569 $333.50
7/20/2015 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30635 $164.50
6/8/2017 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7094 $493.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 1C MS D Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33361672115155175212237282330381489631113819282078223525052798
33493586128162187220252298347417536800140119782130232526030
000000128162187220252298347417536800140119782130232500
000000142168200229267314364453584969166520282183241500
1920 1C MS D Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33692081127171190230258304354450620933139321972362253528313152
3471340961421772032392733213865077241086166122522420263429380
0000001421772032392733213865077241086166122522420263400
0000001561842172492893374185638291240192923072477273200
1920 1C MS D Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base669122628913918620925127833038152773511242555780882268660938710159
6710952621061551942232602953474305968651601430679478371890296440
0000001551942232602953474305968651601430679478371890200
0000001702012372693133644786669942078605780878515914500
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1138
Owner: coppermania
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1138
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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