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.

Note: This coin is commonly targeted by counterfeiters. Learn more here.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 6/11/2019

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1922 NO D 1C STRONG REVERSE MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 700 775 850 1000 2150 3500 4600 5350 8750 12750 13750 15750 24500 41000 92500 - - - - -
$ 2350 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1922 NO D 1C STRONG REVERSE MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 36000 45000 65000 115000 - - - - -
1922 NO D 1C STRONG REVERSE MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 57500 85000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3196
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 64

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/14/2021 1922 NO D 1C STRONG REVERSE MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base615141192913111329430203828-129101------3182
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Total615141192913111329430203828-1211101------3184
 0%5%13%29%41%4%3%1%1%1%1%-0%0%0%0%------ 
1922 NO D 1C STRONG REVERSE MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------111-245------14
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----------------1-----1
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Total---------111-2451-----15
 ---------7%7%7%-13%27%33%7%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1922 NO D 1C STRONG REVERSE MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1351139314771558170725552936342736753935487657025879624873748929118631275713356139761500918582
1365142115041608199026823100351037624249515157616002662378929907121611295713563143201620019511
00000031003510376242495151576160026623789299071216112957135631432000
000000326335923848456254275820612569998411108851245913156137691466500
1922 NO D 1C STRONG REVERSE MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13931472156116441799268030733581383841065076592761098515923410515127571328113793144851548819142
14191502158916962093281132423667392744295360598869118755966111262129321345214024148191670620099
000000324236673927442953605988691187559661112621293213452140241481900
0000003412375240174753564360487713899410088120101310613622142541515400
1922 NO D 1C STRONG REVERSE MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base147215581658171618867442323834063639374739844319515860891007411529132811376214206147511593519913
150115911677177337387442329434843675382640964599546874171055912113134411391014388151461726120909
0000003294348436753826409645995468741710559121131344113910143881514600
0000003350356137113905420748785779874611044126971360214058145691554000
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Grade: MS 61 BN
Points: 5879
Owner: James Pulley
 
Grade: AU 58 BN
Points: 4876
Owner: B & C Commercial
 
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