Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 157,415,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1930 1C MS obverse 1930 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The very high mintage of this date was based on an earlier level of demand that simply vanished during the course of 1930. The Mint Director's Annual Report sums up the situation during the first half of 1930: "Continued large demand for 1-cent and 5-cent coins ... featured the fiscal year ended June 30, 1930. Overtime operation was required at the Philadelphia mint to meet this demand ..."

With the economy collasing in 1930, many of these cents remained idle for two or more years before finally being withdrawn from Treasury vaults. Fully red gems are plentiful, due in no small part to this delayed release. Most 1930(P) cents are well struck from dies having little or only moderate wear.

Numeral 3 in the date should have had a long tail to be in conformence with the adjacent 9, but the Mint failed to recognize this deficiency until 1934's cent coinage.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/28/2019

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1930 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.12 0.20 0.30 0.70 1.55 2.10 2.40 3.00 4.00 4.65 6.25 7.50 10.25 15.05 22.95 40.00 110 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 30.00 45.00 - -
1930 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 8.00 9.50 13.50 23.35 42.00 60.00 195 - - -
1930 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 12.00 16.00 37.00 65.00 100.00 650 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 45.00 70.00 175 1950 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3855
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 8/13/2019 1930 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---54--1--3--482394----61
-----------------1----1
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Total---54--1--3--482395----62
 ---8 %6 %--2 %--5 %--6 %13 %37 %15 %8 %---- 
1930 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------63096122331---288
----------------1-----1
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Total-------------63096123331---289
 -------------2 %10 %33 %43 %11 %0 %--- 
1930 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------31122016661333273---3506
-----------------1----1
-----------------12---3
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Total-------------31122016661335275---3510
 -------------0 %0 %6 %47 %38 %8 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
6/27/2005 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 194 $47.15
12/11/2005 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 2129, 2129/Lot# 1034 $112.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 55 $138.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 66   Red Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10300 $69.00
10/20/2013 NGC MS 67   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 130862 $346.50
12/22/2013 NGC MS 65   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 145933 $40.00
6/1/2014 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 197275 $57.20
5/10/2015 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131520/Lot# 25054 $240.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1930 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333669122020283759102163395442522615
333333467101520233144731222404114695530
0000004671015202331447312224041146900
0000005681117202534528814331842649500
1930 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333669912162428375485171237268301363434
33334679101319253143641141932472793223870
000000791013192531436411419324727932200
000000891115212734487514221525829034200
1930 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336669912121620283745631512554771730186821042362
3466791012131723314051921863298951776194721900
0000001012131723314051921863298951776194700
000000111215192534425712222040313121822202500
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1730
Owner: Coinbuf
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1730
Owner: Howard
 
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