Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 156,696,734
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1938 1C MS obverse 1938 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Coin production dipped in 1938, as the nation experienced a setback from the economic recovery period of 1933-36. The Philadelphia Mint struck just over half the number of cents in 1938 that it had the previous year.

Enough rolls were saved of this issue to make it nearly as common as surrounding dates, but prices have long been higher in the Mint State grades.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/29/2019

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1938 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.15 0.20 0.25 0.40 0.75 1.25 1.50 1.75 2.00 3.25 4.00 4.25 4.75 5.50 9.00 18.00 38.00 - - -
1938 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 4.50 5.00 7.00 9.50 17.50 32.00 65.00 - - -
1938 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 6.00 8.00 11.00 17.00 20.00 40.50 180 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 55.00 925 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3036
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
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: 11/12/2019 1938 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----2-3---1--11412----15
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Total----2-3---1--11412----15
 ----13 %-20 %---7 %--7 %7 %27 %7 %13 %---- 
1938 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------63228235---94
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Total--------------63228235---94
 --------------6 %34 %30 %24 %5 %--- 
1938 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------2404341781670---2927
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-----------------53---8
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Total--------------2404341786673---2935
 --------------0 %1 %15 %61 %23 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/9/2005 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #38, 42/Lot# 49 $92.00
5/12/2008 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 2528, 2528/Lot# 1045 $47.00
6/10/2012 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131225/Lot# 26026 $69.00
6/24/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/24/2012, 28/Lot# 43462 $50.00
9/2/2012 NGC MS 67   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/02/2012, 38/Lot# 56464 $110.00
5/26/2013 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/26/2013, 76/Lot# 114547 $40.00
11/6/2015 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 22087 $822.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333336669121216203272155179220268
333333346671012131724451001631932360
0000003466710121317244510016319300
0000003566811121519285912717120600
1938 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333366999121616243772131255288345412
3333346799101316192849921722663073670
00000067991013161928499217226630700
000000689911151621336011121427732600
1938 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333366991212121620284172119248653719837967
33346791012121317233251881623836757588800
000000910121213172332518816238367575800
0000009111212151925376210320551869779800
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 653
Owner: Big Tiger
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 653
Owner: Chancey MS60+
 
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