Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 13,520
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1939 1C PF obverse 1939 1C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

1939 saw a reduction in proof cent sales, the first since the new program began in 1936. This date is only moderately scarce in fully red gem condition, though cameo-designated pieces remain quite rare.

Collectors should seek examples from fresh dies, as these will have the greatest amount of detail, particularly with respect to the shallower features of the design. Even then, proofs of 1936 and later years through 1968 will never have the detail of the 1909-16 issues, as the master hubs simply wore down from years of use.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1939 1C PF Red, Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 225 500 1150 4400 - - - -
1939 1C PF Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 27.00 32.00 38.50 47.50 60.00 81.00 115 - - - -
1939 1C PF Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 42.00 54.00 76.00 81.00 115 250 - - - -
1939 1C PF Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 55.00 62.00 83.00 135 180 450 1850 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2800 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1077
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1939 1C PF Red, Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------3-2----5
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Total---------------3-2----5
 ---------------60 %-40 %---- 
1939 1C PF Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1443-----12
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Total-------------1443-----12
 -------------8 %33 %33 %25 %----- 
1939 1C PF Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------112531054313----227
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Total------------112531054313----227
 ------------0 %5 %23 %46 %19 %6 %---- 
1939 1C PF Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------383726532016832---833
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------------------2---2
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Total------------383726532016834---835
 ------------0 %1 %4 %32 %38 %20 %4 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/25/2005 NGC PF 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 189 $166.75
5/24/2009 NGC PF 66   Red Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 355 $276.00
7/5/2009 PCGS PF 65   Red Teletrade Auction 2714, 2714/Lot# 1140 $126.50
9/23/2012 PCGS PF 64   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/23/2012, 41/Lot# 72945 $88.00
4/14/2013 PCGS PF 65   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131317/Lot# 26058 $158.63
12/1/2013 PCGS PF 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154592 $121.00
4/1/2014 PCGS PF 65   Red Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7407 $141.00
11/2/2017 PCGS PF 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 19215 $780.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 1C PF Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616161616161628506376891021311632202723811264144116371637
1616161616162035546780931121421822373086751323150616370
0000002035546780931121421822373086751323150600
0000002443597285981211522012553459701382157200
1939 1C PF Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16161616161616285972851061351832552884097251765199222402240
161616161616203863769211615120726632851410721841207522400
000000203863769211615120726632851410721841207500
000000244968819912516723127736962014181916215700
1939 1C PF Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161616161616163267819811917522028845059710662368292532533253
1616161616162144728710513819024334249975315002554303432530
0000002144728710513819024334249975315002554303400
0000002755769211215620526539654891019342739314400
1939 1C PF Red, Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161616161616161432013204745175866316741138184336015656618967586758
161616161616581622413714885406016458291373242942865834637967580
000000581622413714885406016458291373242942865834637900
0000001011822804235035636166609831608301549716011656800
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Grade: PF 67 RD
Points: 2554
Owner: rudman coleccion
 
Grade: PF 67 RD
Points: 2368
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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