Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,040,515,000
Catalog: KM-A132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Brass
Weight: 3.11g
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/20/2014

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1945 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.09 0.10 0.12 0.15 0.20 0.50 0.60 1.20 1.85 3.50 8.50 12.50 27.50 - - -
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1945 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.25 4.75 11.00 16.50 45.00 - - -
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1945 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9.00 21.00 40.00 1200 4900 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 75.00 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2815
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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10/14/1998 NGC MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 1095, 1095/Lot# 1143 $26.75
7/10/2006 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2006 July Dallas, TX On-Line Coin Session #411, 411/Lot# 7228 $161.00
2/6/2007 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #27022, 27022/Lot# 11039 $23.00
8/16/2007 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 169, 175/Lot# 5032 $92.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/29/2011, 118/Lot# 9616 $30.00
3/28/2014 NGC MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5123 $528.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1945 1C MS Brown
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Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1945 1C MS Red Brown
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Base333333333333339164167183209230412
333333333333351124501061922162910
0000003333333511245010619221600
0000003333333714335814420022300
1945 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333332851831886378339835366
3333333333333313501187512518385044440
0000003333333313501187512518385000
00000033333333226715013183151391600
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1886
Owner: Big Tiger
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1886
Owner: Eagles Nest
 
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