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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Price Guide

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
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 135 185 365 1200 5250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 475 1650 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 805
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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12/26/1996 PCGS MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 0905, 905/Lot# 1075 $70.85
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 348 $776.25
4/24/2006 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 84, 89/Lot# 58 $94.30
1/5/2011 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9573 $402.50
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24255 $49.35
4/27/2014 NGC AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 183390 $25.00
1/18/2015 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131504/Lot# 27072 $235.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1931 D 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121620285489143155171220237255288345463642908994108512441421
1013172337661071471601872262432663073845237319371024113813030
0000001071471601872262432663073845237319371024113800
0000001251511662042312492773264245828199651055119100
1931 D 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162024325998159171186241258288351423653100520092163232526042905
131721274172118163176204247268309375500770134020602217241827040
000000118163176204247268309375500770134020602217241800
000000139167181223252278330399576888167421122271251100
1931 D 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162024283767106175186205262282311463586933188639024153441548605336
1721253147801291791922242692923625047021251255839864240456350190
0000001291791922242692923625047021251255839864240456300
0000001521821992432753014125458171568323040694328471200
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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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