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: 8/29/2019

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1942 1C MS Brown
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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 Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.75 7.65 11.00 16.75 38.00 - - -
1942 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.00 11.50 14.00 35.00 145 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 40.00 1525 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3382
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1942 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--137331-------22-----22
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Total--137331-------22-----22
 --5 %14 %32 %14 %14 %5 %-------9 %9 %----- 
1942 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------65811----30
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-----------------1----1
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Total--------------65812----31
 --------------19 %16 %26 %39 %---- 
1942 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------4516192177479---3330
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-----------------35---8
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Total--------------4516192180484---3338
 --------------0 %2 %19 %65 %14 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/30/2003 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23101, 23101/Lot# 13108 $287.50
9/22/2008 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 285, 291/Lot# 111 $20.00
2/12/2012 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 3223, 3223/Lot# 1153 $30.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 45   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 678 $381.88
12/22/2013 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 138953 $25.00
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 170315 $7.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333339122045119135171212
33333333333335101528701241471850
000000333333351015287012414700
000000333333371117379413015900
1942 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333366912284167155179220268
333333333346710173250961631932360
0000003333467101732509616319300
00000033335681123375812617120600
1942 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333991224457614382090010371192
333333333359101631559836984794610890
000000333359101631559836984794600
0000003333791120386612159487399100
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 820
Owner: asdfgh
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 820
Owner: Big Tiger
 
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