Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 20,010,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1938 D 1C MS obverse 1938 D 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1938-D cents were very well made, and Mint State examples are almost always sharply struck from dies that show no more than moderate wear. Fully red gems are slightly scarcer than for most cents of the late 1930s, but not enough to make them rare.

Several minor varieties are known for this issue, but the only one to draw much collector interest is listed at left.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/29/2019

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1938 D 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.20 0.30 0.50 0.85 1.25 1.75 2.00 2.00 2.25 4.25 5.00 6.00 8.50 10.00 12.50 17.00 27.00 - - -
1938 D 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 5.25 5.50 7.00 9.50 11.00 17.00 26.00 47.50 - - -
1938 D 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 7.00 8.50 11.00 14.00 26.00 48.00 145 7500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 52.00 2200 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2373
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1938 D 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----111-----14242----16
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Total-----111-----14242----16
 -----6 %6 %6 %-----6 %25 %13 %25 %13 %---- 
1938 D 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------615253611---93
--------------1-------1
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Total--------------715253611---94
 --------------7 %16 %27 %38 %12 %--- 
1938 D 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------25135810488041--2264
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-----------------83---11
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Total--------------25135810568071--2275
 --------------0 %2 %16 %46 %35 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/29/1999 NGC MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 1148, 1148/Lot# 1095 $23.75
5/19/2009 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29055, 29055/Lot# 28424 $51.00
2/22/2010 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 456, 462/Lot# 52 $27.00
5/6/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/06/2012, 21/Lot# 49375 $21.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2222 $111.63
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6720 $129.25
7/31/2019 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131932/Lot# 21133 $79.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 D 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1938 D 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333162024374167106194212230251
333333333371721283850801352002182370
0000003333717212838508013520021800
00000033331219233340589316520622400
1938 D 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333332024324154106194489456547564952
3333333333921273545711352921848462948210
0000003333921273545711352921848462900
00000033331423293850891653913206469200
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1848
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 489
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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