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: 7/12/2020

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1944 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.10 0.15 0.25 0.30 0.30 0.35 0.50 0.65 0.85 3.50 4.75 8.50 12.00 25.00 - - -
1944 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1.75 4.75 7.00 11.00 17.50 32.50 - - -
1944 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.50 10.00 12.00 32.00 250 9500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 42.00 850 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4953
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1944 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--11162622-1--23453----48
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Total--11162622-1--23453----48
 --2%2%33%4%13%4%4%-2%--4%6%8%10%6%---- 
1944 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------291923143---70
----------------111---3
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Total-------------291924154---73
 -------------3%12%26%33%21%5%--- 
1944 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------276987032486372--4835
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-----------------1119---30
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Total-------------276987032596562--4865
 -------------0%0%1%18%67%13%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1944 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333312163245102119135155
3333333333333613213664108124142163
000000333333361321366410812400
000000333333391527418311313000
1944 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333616244172135155179201
3333333333334919305193142163186211
000000333333491930519314216300
00000033333351321356211414817100
1944 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333336692841631437838609971145
33333333334671532489035680990610461202
00000033334671532489035680990600
000000333356822375611657083495100
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 783
Owner: ABK
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 783
Owner: Albert Huber
 
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