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: 7/12/2020

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1942 D 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.05 0.10 0.25 0.35 0.50 0.55 0.60 0.65 0.75 0.90 1.05 1.35 3.50 7.00 10.00 17.00 30.00 - - -
1942 D 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 2.45 5.00 10.50 13.50 23.00 35.00 - - -
1942 D 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.75 10.00 14.00 27.00 190 12000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 55.00 925 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3900
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1942 D 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---252----3-12-1-11---18
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Total---252----3-12-1-11---18
 ---11%28%11%----17%-6%11%-6%-6%6%--- 
1942 D 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------218182314---75
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Total--------------218182314---75
 --------------3%24%24%31%19%--- 
1942 D 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------263448923858901--3807
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-----------------39---12
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Total-------------263448923888991--3819
 -------------0%0%1%13%63%24%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 D 1C MS BN
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Base6666666666666666203276348785861
666666666666666112447167494810904
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1942 D 1C MS RB
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Base3333333333333616415494143163201248
33333333333349244567110150176217260
0000003333334924456711015017600
00000033333351333508112715618800
1942 D 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333669916285985123695574762866862
33333333467911203868983142379592764787205
00000033467911203868983142379592700
000000335689142449761105044063610600
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 695
Owner: ABK
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 695
Owner: asdfgh
 
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