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: 12/18/2020

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1946 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.10 0.15 0.30 0.40 1.20 1.50 1.85 6.75 15.00 32.00 - - -
$ 0.05 0.05 0.05 - - - - - - - - - - -
1946 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.00 4.75 7.75 28.00 - - - -
1946 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13.00 24.00 80.00 1250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 28.00 315 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2262
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/23/2021 1946 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1313-21---1122-----26
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Total----1313-21---1122-----26
 ----50%4%12%-8%4%---4%4%8%8%----- 
1946 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------14117111---35
-----------------1----1
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Total-------------14117121---36
 -------------3%11%31%19%33%3%--- 
1946 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------216105665135756---2201
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-----------------7----7
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Total-------------216105665136456---2208
 -------------0%1%5%30%62%3%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1946 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333662459131151186230
333333333333346123683138163201242
00000033333334612368313816300
000000333333356184710714417400
1946 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333366691628115151171201248
33333333334667112057127158181217260
0000003333466711205712715818100
0000003333566814248613916419100
1946 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333991216501065022161232426432903
3333333333591013276923810552215243027303048
0000003333591013276923810552215243000
0000003333791115398737016082270253700
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 2161
Owner: Murph5
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 2161
Owner: pestrele
 
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