Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 39,157,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1921 1C MS obverse 1921 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The minting of cents at Philadelphia dropped off rapidly during 1921, as the huge numbers struck during the previous five years proved quite sufficient to meet current demand during this recession year. Most of this production from both the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints occurred during January-March, with sporadic supplemental minting in July and November.

In keeping with the restricted budgets imposed on all government agencies during the 1920s, the dies were used well past their ideal service, and poorly struck 1921(P) cents are common. Ironically, one feature was sharper during this year than any other in the series: Brenner's initials were hand reinforced on 1921's master die and are quite bold.

Unlike most Philadelphia Mint cents, this date is a bit scarce in fully red gem condition. Worn examples are plentiful.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/6/2014

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1921 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.45 0.65 1.10 2.20 9.50 21.00 23.00 28.00 33.00 47.50 52.50 67.50 77.50 100.00 155 350 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 85.00 115 165 - - -
1921 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 72.50 92.50 125 280 525 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 105 150 350 - - -
1921 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 77.50 110 180 575 1850 12000 57500 - -
$ - - - - - - - 85.00 130 230 650 2700 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 594
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/25/2002 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22101, 22101/Lot# 11038 $235.75
1/18/2009 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2641, 2641/Lot# 1068 $86.25
2/1/2009 NGC MS 66   Brown Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 747 $132.00
7/1/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131228/Lot# 22436 $15.00
6/29/2014 PCGS AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 204165 $21.00
7/11/2014 NGC MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5282 $164.50
1/4/2015 PCGS MS 63   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 837, 846/Lot# 1028 $50.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333637598594115135194212265298366515908994108512441421
3334164468881011221552002302763214166469371024113813030
00000068881011221552002302763214166469371024113800
00000076911081281742062472873434657779651055119100
1921 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3366941679410212714721223028234543778311731276138615761785
34672050769711013416921824730337655291312071313144916460
000000769711013416921824730337655291312071313144900
0000008599119140190224265324406668104312421349151300
1921 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6699124576102115139163230251298395575123923685563100741088711747
6791023558510612314718523726733045579616153433706710345111740
000000851061231471852372673304557961615343370671034500
0000009311113115520824428236351510181992449885701061600
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1239
Owner: rmsent
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1239
Owner: wheat'swheats
 
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