Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 4,480,000
Catalog: KM-132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1931 D 1C MS obverse 1931 D 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of cents at Denver plunged in 1931, an inevitable response to the nation's devastated economy. Many of these cents were not released until a few years later, and collector complaints about the unavailability of this and other current issues prompted the Treasury to disseminate instructions on how to obtain up to two examples of each coin on hand. Both the real and merely perceived rarity of these early 1930s coins is what created the roll market that was so much a part of the coin business for decades.

1931-D cents were well made for the most part, but quite a few show signs of tired dies. Fully red gems are very scarce, and circulated pieces are slightly scarce.

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Last Updated: 8/8/2014

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1931 D 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.25 5.00 6.00 7.50 14.00 35.00 38.00 42.00 55.00 60.00 65.00 75.00 92.50 135 210 350 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1931 D 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 75.00 95.00 120 215 410 1350 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1931 D 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 135 185 365 1200 5250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 475 1650 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 790
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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3/10/1999 NGC MS 65   Brown Teletrade Auction 1142, 1142/Lot# 1111 $119.90
4/24/2006 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 84, 89/Lot# 58 $94.30
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 55 $132.25
2/19/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/19/2012, 8/Lot# 14490 $16.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(2), 1173/Lot# 3724 $851.88
2/20/2015 PCGS MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers iAuction 3522, 6091/Lot# 21029 $851.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1931 D 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121216202854135143155171220237234288345463642908994108512441849
1213172337811381471601872262372523073845237319371024113814460
0000001381471601872262372523073845237319371024113800
0000001401511662042312372703264245828199651055119100
1931 D 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base127135143151159167175183190201209220255351423653100520092163232526043625
130138146154162170178185194204213232287375500770134020602217241829440
000000178185194204213232287375500770134020602217241800
000000180188197206216243319399576888167421122271251100
1931 D 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base131139143151159167175186194205212223258463586933188639024153441548606452
1341401461541621701791891982072162353265047021251255839864240456353910
0000001791891982072162353265047021251255839864240456300
0000001821912012102192463955458171568323040694328471200
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1886
Owner: Albert Huber
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1886
Owner: rlm's cents
 
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