Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 206,698,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1942 D 1C MS obverse 1942 D 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The huge mintage of cents from the Denver Mint in 1942 was still not enough to meet the needs of commerce. It was largely suspected that millions of earlier cents were idled by unintentional hoarding, and this was especially severe during the holiday season: "Word comes from Washington that the Treasury is urging 30 million school children to enlist in a pre-Christmas drive to put these idle coins to work."

Most 1942-D cents were reasonably well made, but the stepped up production did lead to some overuse of the dies. Thus, collectors will need to be picky in selecting sharply struck coins.

Two very distinct repunched mintmark varieties are recognized by NGC for this issue. One has the mintmark repunched south of the first impression and the other to the east.

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Last Updated: 8/19/2014

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1942 D 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.06 0.08 0.20 0.35 0.45 0.55 0.60 0.65 0.75 0.90 1.05 1.35 3.60 7.15 10.00 17.00 30.00 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1942 D 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 2.45 5.00 10.50 13.50 23.00 35.00 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1942 D 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.75 10.00 14.00 27.00 195 13000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 55.00 1000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3475
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67


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5/8/1996 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 0839, 839/Lot# 150 $29.75
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 87 $81.00
7/25/2005 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #47, 52/Lot# 31 $12.65
9/26/2005 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Online Session #385, 385/Lot# 7588 $207.00
7/20/2011 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 3105, 3105/Lot# 1055 $26.00
10/13/2013 PCGS MS 67   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/13/2013, 96/Lot# 143788 $171.71
7/18/2014 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers IAuction 3491, 6042/Lot# 21031 $146.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 1C MS D Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1942 1C MS D Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333616415494143163201248
333333333333492445671101501762170
0000003333334924456711015017600
00000033333351333508112715618800
1942 1C MS D Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333669916285985123695574762866862
33333333467911203868983142379592764780
00000033467911203868983142379592700
000000335689142449761105044063610600
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 695
Owner: asdfgh
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 695
Owner: Clay
 
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