Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 657,828,600
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1942 1C MS obverse 1942 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is another high mintage issue that is fairly common in fully red gem condition from the abundance of rolls saved at the time. Its mintage would have been even higher, but copper was being rationed for the war effort. Tin was already in short supply and was mostly removed from this year's cent production, having no effect whatsoever on the coins' appearance or wearing qualities.

Two nice doubled-die obverse varieties are sought by specialists, and these are likewise recognized by NGC.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/12/2020

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1942 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.05 0.10 0.15 0.25 0.40 0.45 0.50 0.55 0.65 1.10 1.25 1.35 2.50 3.75 6.25 12.00 29.00 - - -
1942 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.75 7.65 11.00 16.75 38.00 - - -
1942 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.00 11.50 14.00 35.00 185 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 40.00 1525 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3618
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, 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: 5/11/2021 1942 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-139341--1----34-----30
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Total1-139341--1----34-----30
 3%-3%10%30%10%13%3%--3%----10%13%----- 
1942 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------781313----41
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-----------------1----1
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Total--------------781314----42
 --------------17%19%31%33%---- 
1942 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------45668822825161--3547
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-----------------35---8
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Total--------------45668822855211--3555
 --------------0%2%19%64%15%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333339122045119135171212
3333333333333510152870124147185223
000000333333351015287012414700
000000333333371117379413015900
1942 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333366912284167155179220268
33333333334671017325096163193236281
0000003333467101732509616319300
00000033335681123375812617120600
1942 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333991224457614382090010371192
333333333359101631559836984794610891252
000000333359101631559836984794600
0000003333791120386612159487399100
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 847
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 820
Owner: Anthony Klick
 
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