Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 14,734
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 PF obverse 1938 1C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Mint continued to produce proofs of excellent quality during 1938, but its practice of repolishing used proof dies to further extend their life left many of the resulting coins with missing or incomplete features. Note the partially effaced lapel on the cent illustrated.

Cameo examples of this date are very rare, and there's no indication that the Mint intended to produce this desirable feature. Few collectors of the time commented on the absence of cameo contrast, and so the complete polishing of dies continued.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/22/2014

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1938 1C PF Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 32.00 37.50 45.00 57.50 72.50 100.00 - - - - -
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1938 1C PF Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 47.50 57.50 75.00 100.00 135 230 - - - -
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1938 1C PF Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 53.00 67.50 100.00 135 225 500 2600 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 1025 - -
1938 1C PF Red, Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 850 1750 4500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1020
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
3/21/2001 PCGS PF 66   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21034, 21034/Lot# 4085 $200.00
2/20/2005 PCGS PF 67   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 960 $1,495.00
11/5/2007 PCGS PF 64   Red Teletrade Auction 2445, 2445/Lot# 1026 $123.20
3/10/2008 NGC PF 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 228, 234/Lot# 152 $431.25
9/7/2011 NGC PF 64   Red, Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7259 $218.50
7/11/2014 PCGS PF 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5324 $117.50
9/7/2014 PCGS PF 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 173254 $123.00
10/25/2015 PCGS PF 64   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131544/Lot# 21057 $111.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 1C PF Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616161616161616325076891021311632202723811455164918621862
1616161616161621385980931121421822373087391520172018620
0000001621385980931121421822373087391520172000
00000016274467859812115220125534510971584179100
1938 1C PF Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16161616161616164567941191351832552884097252033228525552555
1616161616161626527610212415120726632851411612117237525550
0000001626527610212415120726632851411612117237500
0000001635608511113016723127736962015972201246500
1938 1C PF Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616161616161616768911113517522028845059710662368351438173817
1616161616161636809611914819024334249975315002750361538170
0000001636809611914819024334249975315002750361500
00000016568510412716220526539654891019343132371600
1938 1C PF Red, Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616161616161616981111351832624486741138184336015524605666856685
16161616161616431021191512093245238291373242942425701626666850
00000016431021191512093245238291373242942425701626600
00000016711071271672363865999831608301548835879647500
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Grade: PF 66 RD CAMEO
Points: 3601
Owner: LOP
 
Grade: PF 67 RD
Points: 2368
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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