Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 14,360,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1933 1C MS obverse 1933 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite its relatively low mintage, the 1933(P) cent is fairly common in Mint State. Most were not released at the time of coining and later fell into the hands of speculators when they were released a year or two later.

Fully red gems are plentiful, though precious few qualify for the highest grades sought by registry collectors. Most survivors are well struck, though a few will show some moderate die erosion. This issue was always somewhat scarce in circulation, but the availablity of so many Mint State coins holds their values in check.

It's likely that the Philadelphia Mint could have skipped cent production altogether in 1933, but it did its best to keep its skilled staff employed until better times arrived. In his book The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents, David W. Lange observed that "the 1933 issue was coined in small batches spread out over many months. Clearly...this was a coinage of convenience rather than necessity."

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/31/2019

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1933 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 1.30 1.60 2.20 3.00 6.75 12.50 13.50 14.50 17.00 20.00 22.00 26.00 32.00 35.00 45.00 80.00 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 24.00 28.00 34.00 38.00 55.00 100.00 - -
1933 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 26.00 30.00 35.00 45.00 83.00 125 650 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 90.00 165 - -
1933 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 32.00 38.00 80.00 110 360 1080 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 35.00 47.50 85.00 145 470 4150 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 732
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 6/18/2019 1933 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----4-41111--491571----48
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Total----4-41111--491571----48
 ----8 %-8 %2 %2 %2 %2 %--8 %19 %31 %15 %2 %---- 
1933 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1157346101---146
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Total-------------1157346101---146
 -------------1 %10 %50 %32 %7 %1 %--- 
1933 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------68521920424---538
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------------------2---2
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Total--------------68521920426---540
 --------------1 %16 %41 %38 %5 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 65 $287.50
2/25/2008 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 224, 230/Lot# 90 $98.90
8/17/2008 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68084, 68084/Lot# 64077 $115.00
5/20/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/20/2012, 23/Lot# 46338 $187.00
9/2/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Teletrade Auction 3446, 3446/Lot# 1077 $75.00
9/29/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 138998 $91.20
5/25/2014 NGC MS 64   Red Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22045 $29.38
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3214 $998.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1933 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336692032505459678189106131143183304342384456539
34671324385156627284951141351562233173564084840
0000003851566272849511413515622331735640800
00000044535764768610012313917026432937043200
1933 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base369912243754596776891061231431833144371333144716431859
4791016284356627080951121301562273557361371151217150
0000004356627080951121301562273557361371151200
000000485764738510011713617027039610341409157800
1933 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base691212162841596776859811913115528251511243009321635693948
71012132032476270798910512313919736071817523078333436950
000000476270798910512313919736071817523078333400
000000536473829411212714724043792123813147345100
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 3009
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 3009
Owner: TCTR
 
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