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."

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/12/2020

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1933 1C MS BN
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Base $ 2.00 2.50 2.75 5.75 5.50 12.50 13.50 14.00 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 RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 26.00 30.00 35.00 45.00 82.50 125 650 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 90.00 165 - -
1933 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 32.00 38.00 80.00 115 360 1080 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 35.00 47.50 85.00 145 470 4150 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 766
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: 5/4/2021 1933 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----5-41121--4101892----57
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Total----5-41121--4101892----57
 ----9%-7%2%2%4%2%--7%18%32%16%4%---- 
1933 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1178048101---157
-----------------1----1
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Total-------------1178048111---158
 -------------1%11%51%30%7%1%--- 
1933 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------69022620525---552
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-----------------17---8
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Total--------------69022620632---560
 --------------1%16%40%37%6%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1933 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336692032505459678189106131143183304342384456539
3467132438515662728495114135156223317356408484566
0000003851566272849511413515622331735640800
00000044535764768610012313917026432937043200
1933 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base369912243754596776891061231431833144371333144716431859
4791016284356627080951121301562273557361371151217151952
0000004356627080951121301562273557361371151200
000000485764738510011713617027039610341409157800
1933 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base691212162841596776859811913115528251511243009321635693948
71012132032476270798910512313919736071817523078333436954145
000000476270798910512313919736071817523078333400
000000536473829411212714724043792123813147345100
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 3009
Owner: TCTR
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 1124
Owner: Brian Triggs
 
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