Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 991,655,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Brass
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1946 1C MS obverse 1946 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mints continued to omit tin from the cent's alloy during 1946, as normal deliveries of that metal had yet to resume after the war's end. The Philadelphia Mint struck nearly a billion cents that year, only a modest reduction from 1945.

This issue is common in most grades, though there's a remarkable drop-off in the certified population between MS 66 RD and MS 67 RD. Only minor varieties are known for 1946 cents.

The U. S. Mint's overall payroll dropped by more than a thousand persons from Fiscal Year 1945 to FY1946. Sharp, post-war inflation left the remaining employees underpaid, and Congressional action was required to provide them with an emergency pay raise that passed April 19, 1946.

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Last Updated: 8/20/2014

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1946 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.10 0.12 0.13 0.15 0.18 0.35 0.40 1.20 1.50 1.85 6.75 15.00 32.00 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1946 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.00 4.75 7.75 28.00 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1946 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13.00 24.00 80.00 1250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 28.00 315 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1963
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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7/18/2004 NGC MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 1910, 1910/Lot# 1031 $32.00
5/14/2005 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65054, 65054/Lot# 23078 $95.45
5/7/2007 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 139, 144/Lot# 53 $16.10
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1390 $201.25
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1578 $1,725.00
5/13/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/13/2012, 22/Lot# 21591 $10.00
12/22/2013 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 128561 $260.00
8/31/2014 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 165007 $50.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1946 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333662459131151186230
3333333333333461236831381632010
00000033333334612368313816300
000000333333356184710714417400
1946 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333366691628115151171201248
333333333346671120571271581812170
0000003333466711205712715818100
0000003333566814248613916419100
1946 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333991216501065022161232426432903
3333333333591013276923810552215243027300
0000003333591013276923810552215243000
0000003333791115398737016082270253700
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 2161
Owner: spedranger
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 502
Owner: Big Tiger
 
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