Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,040,515,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Brass
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1945 1C MS obverse 1945 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This was the second year of "shellcase" cent production, so called because some of the metal used was obtained from brass cartridge cases recovered from military training facilities. The only real difference between these coins and the pre-war composition was the omission of tin in the alloy. Since this typically comprised only 1% of the total mass, its absence is not evident from visual inspection.

This issue had an enormous mintage, second only to that of 1944(P) and one which not be exceeded until the 1956-D cents. Thus, examples are plentiful in gem condition through the grade of MS 67 RD.

No major varieties are noted for 1945(P) cents, though they did seem to suffer quite a number of cud die breaks. These oddities straddle the fields of varieties versus mint errors, and they are collected by enthusiasts in both areas.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/29/2019

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1945 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.50 0.60 1.20 1.85 3.50 8.50 12.50 27.50 - - -
1945 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.25 4.75 11.00 16.50 45.00 - - -
1945 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9.00 16.00 45.00 260 5250 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 20.00 75.00 4650 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3568
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1945 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---194--1-1-112252----29
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Total---194--1-1-112252----29
 ---3 %31 %14 %--3 %-3 %-3 %3 %7 %7 %17 %7 %---- 
1945 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------11321201412---72
-----------------11---2
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Total------------11321201513---74
 ------------1 %1 %4 %28 %27 %20 %18 %--- 
1945 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------36982722882791--3467
-----------------1----1
-----------------74---11
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Total--------------36982722962831--3479
 --------------0 %2 %24 %66 %8 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/5/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/05/2012, 6/Lot# 33478 $11.00
2/19/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 3227, 3227/Lot# 1156 $33.00
6/16/2013 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131326/Lot# 24639 $141.00
2/16/2014 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 791, 800/Lot# 16 $223.00
3/28/2014 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5122 $763.75
8/24/2014 NGC MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131435/Lot# 21042 $41.00
6/26/2016 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131627/Lot# 21593 $235.00
7/31/2016 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131632/Lot# 23693 $223.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1945 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1945 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333339164167183209230282
333333333333351124501061922162470
0000003333333511245010619221600
0000003333333714335814420022300
1945 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333691232851831886378339834395
33333333333471019501187512518385041200
00000033333471019501187512518385000
000000333335811256715013183151391600
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1886
Owner: Allen
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1886
Owner: Big Tiger
 
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