Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 317,570,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1948 1C MS obverse 1948 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As with so many of the cents from the late 1940s, a very high mintage did not guarantee a high number of survivors in the top grades. Average quality Mint State pieces are quite common, but spotting and light staining have taken their toll. This problem may have to do with the method of planchet preparation and cleaning.

This issue is free of all but the most trivial varieties.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/18/2019

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1948 1C MS Brown
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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 0.55 1.20 1.50 1.85 6.50 12.50 - - - -
1948 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.00 6.75 9.00 23.00 - - - -
1948 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14.00 25.00 120 2100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 360 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1705
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1948 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---14----------1-1----7
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Total---14----------1-1----7
 ---14 %57 %----------14 %-14 %---- 
1948 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------519187----49
-----------------1----1
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Total--------------519188----50
 --------------10 %38 %36 %16 %---- 
1948 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------863441107067---1649
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-----------------104---14
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Total--------------863441108071---1663
 --------------0 %4 %27 %65 %4 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/5/2004 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 1828, 1828/Lot# 1079 $88.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 88 $92.00
9/19/2005 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #54, 59/Lot# 77 $42.55
5/22/2011 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/22/2011, 117/Lot# 6763 $82.50
2/25/2013 NGC MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 3419, 3419/Lot# 3414 $95.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8309 $397.15
6/16/2014 NGC   Red Brown Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20948 $317.25
4/24/2016 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131618/Lot# 21523 $152.75
7/23/2017 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131731/Lot# 21439 $67.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1948 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333662450596785111
3333333333333461233536273940
000000333333346123353627300
000000333333356184156647900
1948 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333339243294106123135258
33333333333335142753981121271760
000000333333351427539811212700
0000003333333719297310211713100
1948 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333612541195024111437148125285
33333333333348267624717054198451849700
00000033333348267624717054198451800
000000333333510409737429084284466500
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 4111
Owner: pestrele
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 4111
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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