Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 4,480,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1931 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: 8/29/2019

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1931 D 1C MS BN
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Base $ 5.00 6.50 7.25 12.00 21.00 35.00 38.00 39.00 50.00 60.00 65.00 70.00 90.00 135 210 350 - - - -
1931 D 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 75.00 95.00 120 215 410 1350 - - - -
1931 D 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 135 185 365 1200 3400 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 475 1650 7500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 961
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/8/2021 1931 D 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---240234340334656-11404458338----477
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Total---240234340334656-11404458338----477
 ---0%8%5%9%8%7%10%12%-2%8%9%12%7%2%---- 
1931 D 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------105716911010----356
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Total-------------105716911010----356
 -------------3%16%47%31%3%---- 
1931 D 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------25615172---128
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Total-------------25615272---129
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1931 D 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121620285489143155171220237255288345463642908994108512441421
1013172337661071471601872262432663073845237319371024113813031492
0000001071471601872262432663073845237319371024113800
0000001251511662042312492773264245828199651055119100
1931 D 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162024325998159171186241258288351423653100520092163232526042905
131721274172118163176204247268309375500770134020602217241827043050
000000118163176204247268309375500770134020602217241800
000000139167181223252278330399576888167421122271251100
1931 D 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162024283767106175186205262282311463586933188639024153441548605336
1721253147801291791922242692923625047021251255839864240456350195603
0000001291791922242692923625047021251255839864240456300
0000001521821992432753014125458171568323040694328471200
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 3902
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1886
Owner: Albert Huber
 
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