Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS obverse 1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Erosion of the obverse die, perhaps in combination with the mintmark cavity catching grease or other debris, led to the coining of numerous 1922-dated cents at Denver that revealed no mintmark. Three die marriages are known displaying this phenomenon, but the most highly desired is the one illustrated in which the reverse die is fresh and sharp.

David W. Lange writes in The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents: "The significance and great value attached to the 1922 cent without mintmark D is based entirely on the curious coincidence of no cents being coined at the Philadelphia Mint during 1922. There's no telling how many other times that cents were issued from the branch mints without a visible mintmark; such pieces are automatically branded as P-Mint coins, though the generally poor state of the dies would be a clue to their real status."

This popular oddity is not a true variety, as the obverse die began its term normally and then deteriorated to the point that its mintmark vanished. It is actually a die state, and as such should command little attention, but early publicizing of these defective coins by Maurice Scharlack and other dealers cemented its place in United States coin collecting.

Examples displaying full red color are extremely rare, and the RB specimen illustrated is about as fine as this coin comes.

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1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 700 775 850 1000 2150 3950 4600 5350 8750 12750 13750 16000 24500 41000 92500 - - - - -
$ 2350 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 36000 45000 65000 115000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 57500 85000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2778
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 64


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10/29/2015 PCGS F 15   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7110 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1351139314771558170725552936342736753935487657025879624873748929118631275713356139761500918582
136514211504160819902682310035103762424951515761600266237892990712161129571356314320162000
00000031003510376242495151576160026623789299071216112957135631432000
000000326335923848456254275820612569998411108851245913156137691466500
1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14291472156116441799268030733581383841065076592761098515923410515127571335613976146171568516809
1443150215891696209328113242366739274429536059886911875596611126212957135631419014973160600
000000324236673927442953605988691187559661112621295713563141901497300
0000003412375240174753564360487713899410088120101315613769144031532900
1922 NO D STRONG REVERSE 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base151015541647173418952808321537404006428252836158634588171007411529120851266113257138741490115984
15251585167617882199294433903829409846165575622071699236105591171412277128601346314216152620
0000003390382940984616557562207169923610559117141227712860134631421600
0000003565391741904949586662837993965511044119001246913058136681455900
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Grade: AU 55 BN
Points: 3935
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: VF 25 BN
Points: 1707
Owner: benjmurts
 
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