Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 330,958,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1955 1C MS obverse 1955 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Quality control was extremely poor for 1955 Philadelphia Mint cents. Severely worn dies remained in the presses far too long, as all three mints struggled to stay within their very tight budgets. Fully red gems do exist, but ones having a decent strike are scarce. One reader of The Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine put it quite succinctly at the time: "Attention speculators! Save your perfect 1955-P cents and you too can own future rarities!" He went on to add: "The penny-makers should hide in shame."

In addition to the very famous doubled-die obverse variety described in the succeeding entry, there is a lesser variety (FS-002) that in any other year would be considered quite special. It is still popular, despite being overshadowed by the big one (FS-101).

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Last Updated: 8/20/2014

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1955 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.05 0.06 0.08 0.09 0.10 0.12 0.13 0.15 0.18 0.30 0.38 0.65 0.85 1.85 3.90 8.50 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1955 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.75 12.75 17.50 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1955 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11.00 13.00 115 1200 5500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 16.00 175 3450 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2466
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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7/27/1998 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1071, 1071/Lot# 1128 $1,350.00
4/4/2001 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21042, 21042/Lot# 2115 $825.00
12/26/2005 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #68, 73/Lot# 75 $350.75
11/6/2007 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27112, 27112/Lot# 13104 $54.00
5/12/2009 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29054, 29054/Lot# 26520 $48.00
10/14/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/14/2012, 44/Lot# 76477 $53.00
7/21/2015 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 32961 $64.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1955 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333336123237455976
333333333333334819344050650
00000033333333481934405000
000000333333335102535425400
1955 1C MS Red Brown
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Base3333333333333692050728598123151
3333333333334713305776891061320
00000033333347133057768910600
00000033333358164065819411500
1955 1C MS Red
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Base3333333333369121641812882197398443964839
333333333347101324541509242793412145440
000000333347101324541509242793412100
0000003333581115336821915613388425900
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 9551
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 2197
Owner: PDL57
 
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