Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 19,396,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1931 1C MS obverse 1931 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The effects of the Great Depression are reflected in this small mintage---only one-eighth that of 1930. Fortunately for today's collectors, there was already a steady following for Lincoln Cents at the time, and enough were preserved to make fully red gems only slightly scarce. Worn examples are somewhat scarcer than for Philadelphia Mint cents of earlier years, but they certainly are not rare.

Most cents coined during the worst years of the Depression (1931-33) are almost routinely well struck from unworn dies. This is due in part to their limited numbers, but there also seems to have been more care taken at this time when even Mint jobs were threatened.




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Last Updated: 8/8/2014

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1931 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.50 3.75 8.75 9.75 11.50 16.00 20.00 23.00 27.00 35.00 42.50 70.00 110 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 25.00 30.00 37.50 50.00 - - - -
1931 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 27.00 33.00 40.00 55.00 100.00 265 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1931 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 38.00 50.00 80.00 175 575 7000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 115 235 900 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 682
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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7/5/2009 PCGS MS 65   Red Teletrade Auction 2714, 2714/Lot# 1108 $138.00
12/11/2011 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131151/Lot# 25195 $53.00
5/20/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/20/2012, 23/Lot# 46339 $80.30
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 737, 746/Lot# 41 $425.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6709 $62.28
10/20/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 113869 $9.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red Brown Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 976 $587.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1931 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333361220323745638194111143175272395442489579680
33348152434405169851001221542073134114585196130
00000024344051698510012215420731341145851900
00000028354257759010513216424035442647354900
1931 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336691624374150728911113516322036675482990810481204
3467111928384457789611914418226949577985595511000
00000028384457789611914418226949577985595500
0000003340476583104127154201317625804882100100
1931 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6699122028414554819812315520130456312394431470651725671
679101523324248638710613417023539078823034523486153380
000000324248638710613417023539078823034523486100
0000003744517292115144186270477101433674614501700
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 1239
Owner: PDL57
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 1239
Owner: rlm's cents
 
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