Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 81,390,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1940 D 1C MS obverse 1940 D 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Another high mintage issue, the 1940-D cent is common across all grades, and most pieces were quite well made.

Mintages rose rapidly starting in 1940 and peaked in 1944. This story was news at the time: "Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross, Director of the Mint, said that an increased demand for coins has forced operation of the Philadelphia and Denver Mints on twenty-four hour schedules, and the one at San Francisco on sixteen hours daily. She said that it had been necessary to draw on the Denver Mint for coin shipments to the Philadelphia region. Better business conditions are attributed as the cause."

A very distinct repunched mintmark variety is recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Last Updated: 7/12/2020

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1940 D 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.05 0.10 0.25 0.50 0.75 0.90 1.00 1.10 1.25 1.85 2.00 2.50 3.25 5.50 9.50 16.00 33.00 - - -
1940 D 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.75 9.00 14.50 25.00 75.00 - - -
1940 D 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 6.00 8.00 13.00 38.00 155 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 45.00 2100 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1632
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1940 D 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----211-------3575----24
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Total----211-------3575----24
 ----8%4%4%-------13%21%29%21%---- 
1940 D 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------592810248---192
-----------------11---2
------------------1---1
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Total--------------592810350---195
 --------------3%5%14%53%26%--- 
1940 D 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------161437814751--1416
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------------------3---3
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Total---------------161437814781--1419
 ---------------1%10%55%34%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1940 D 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333336699203763135155190234
3333333333467913264687142167205246
000000333346791326468714216700
0000003333568916315411114817800
1940 D 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333669912163254102288323389463
3333333346791013213970164300345414486
000000334679101321397016430034500
000000335689111527478622631136700
1940 D 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333899912121620285081183575635743863
3333333289910121317233560115314595671783906
000000328991012131723356011531459567100
000000608991112151925437114944461570700
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 575
Owner: Big Tiger
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 575
Owner: Clay
 
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