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 Brown
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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 Red Brown
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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 Red
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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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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: 10/8/2019 1938 D 1C MS Brown
 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 Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------615253611---93
--------------1-------1
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Total--------------715253611---94
 --------------7 %16 %27 %38 %12 %--- 
1938 D 1C MS Red
 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
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Price
5/26/1999 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 1168, 1168/Lot# 1077 $42.51
6/24/2003 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23071, 23071/Lot# 13127 $93.15
11/15/2007 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 195, 201/Lot# 5072 $109.25
11/20/2011 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/20/2011, 145/Lot# 22889 $26.04
1/22/2012 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131205/Lot# 27078 $109.25
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6720 $129.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 1C MS D Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1938 1C MS D Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333669999162024374167106194220265320
3333467999111721283850801352032352830
00000079991117212838508013520323500
00000089991419233340589316521125000
1938 1C MS D Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3336699121212122024324154106194674456550215509
334679101212121521273545711353541971471751840
000000101212121521273545711353541971471700
000000111212121723293850891655143268486900
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1971
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 674
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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