Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,435,400,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Brass
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1944 1C MS obverse 1944 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint cents of 1944 were the first USA coins to have a mintage exceeding one billion pieces. The mint actually surpassed this figure by nearly 50 percent as it struggled to replace the 1943 steel cents which had proved so unpopular. The supply of virgin copper was supplemented with metal recovered from spent shell casing retrieved from military training bases in the USA. Reports of such casings being shipped back from combat theaters overseas were likely just wartime propaganda, as the servicemen clearly had better things to do.

This issue is readily available in all grades through superb gem. Reports that the color is different for these "shellcase" cents seem doubtful. They were satisfactory in all respects and indistinguishable from pre-war issues, with the exception of having no tin.

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Last Updated: 8/20/2014

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1944 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.10 0.15 0.25 0.28 0.32 0.35 0.50 0.65 0.85 3.50 4.75 8.50 12.00 25.00 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1944 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1.75 4.75 7.00 11.00 17.50 32.50 - - -
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1944 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.50 10.00 12.00 32.00 250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 42.00 850 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4344
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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6/1/1998 NGC MS 65   Red Teletrade Auction 1054, 1054/Lot# 1092 $14.75
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 2001 $1,495.00
8/28/2007 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27091, 27091/Lot# 13034 $23.00
7/11/2010 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210073, 210073/Lot# 24469 $126.50
5/1/2011 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/01/2011, 113/Lot# 6744 $25.00
9/22/2011 PCGS MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 621, 628/Lot# 4111 $184.00
11/18/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/18/2012, 49/Lot# 76450 $31.00
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 200015 $14.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1944 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333312163245102119135155
33333333333336132136641081241420
000000333333361321366410812400
000000333333391527418311313000
1944 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333616244172135155179201
33333333333349193051931421631860
000000333333491930519314216300
00000033333351321356211414817100
1944 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333336692841631437838609971145
33333333334671532489035680990610460
00000033334671532489035680990600
000000333356822375611657083495100
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 783
Owner: Albert Huber
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 783
Owner: asdfgh
 
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