Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF obverse 1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Comparable to proof cents dated 1937 and later, the Brilliant or "Type 2" proofs of 1936 are the ones most highly sought by collectors. These have uniformly reflective fields and devices, with very little or no cameo contrast. In addition, the vigorous polishing required to bring out such brilliance also reduced or completely effaced the shallower features of the dies, such as the lapel of Lincoln's jacket.

Given the relatively small mintage of proofs for both finishes, it's not surprising that fully red gems of this date are very scarce. Many collectors in past generations placed their proofs within cardboard coin albums and then cleaned them when they became toned. This has greatly reduced the population of pristine survivors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF RDC
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1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF BN
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1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF RB
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1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF RD
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 424
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF RDC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1221---6
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Total---------------1221---6
 ---------------17%33%33%17%--- 
1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF BN
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Base----------1-128211----16
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Total----------1-128211----16
 ----------6%-6%13%50%13%6%6%---- 
1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------6225751154----155
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Total------------6225751154----155
 ------------4%14%37%33%10%3%---- 
1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF RD
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Base------------2193612249163---247
---------------12-----3
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Total------------2193612351163---250
 ------------1%8%14%49%20%6%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF BN
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Base16161616161616161472373545756426958561028184322333126347238444246
16161616161616601772764285976607499131300197325313241359639784458
00000016601772764285976607499131300197325313241359600
000000161032073155016206778029711571210328283357372000
1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF RB
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Base161616161616161621233047761566382010441315196931263817421746465108
161616161616168125137952363171589511341533235533563950436048005363
000000168125137952363171589511341533235533563950436000
0000001614729142856964776896912251751274035874084450300
1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF RD
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Base161616161616161628843762066368484711171683280742466820719878348510
1616161616161610733849863467073893713062058328751046946741080598936
0000001610733849863467073893713062058328751046946741000
00000016197387559649677793102714942432376659627072762200
1936 BRILLIANT 1C PF RDC
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Base161616161616166429081219139316092048238826994431524371987431808287739508
16161616161622573110121277146517552161249232764702589572767648831290189983
00000022573110121277146517552161249232764702589572767648831200
00000043381911151335153719022275259538544972654673537865854300
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Grade: PF 66 RD
Points: 4246
Owner: Larry Patterson
 
Grade: PF 65 RD
Points: 2807
Owner: Albert Huber
 
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