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: 12/13/2020

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1955 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 0.65 0.85 1.75 3.75 8.50 - - - -
$ 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.10 - - - - - - - - - -
1955 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.75 12.75 17.50 - - - -
1955 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11.00 14.00 100.00 975 5500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 20.00 160 2750 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5689
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1955 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---11413181291925-1910482----145
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Total---11413181291925-1910482----145
 ---1%10%9%12%8%6%13%17%-1%6%7%3%6%1%---- 
1955 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------928571261636---389
----------------2-----2
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Total-------------928571281636---391
 -------------2%7%15%33%42%2%--- 
1955 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------21915123472547881--5155
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----------------185---14
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Total-------------21915123482555931--5169
 -------------0%0%3%45%49%2%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1955 1C MS BN
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Base3333333333333336123237455976
3333333333333348193440506580
00000033333333481934405000
000000333333335102535425400
1955 1C MS RB
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Base3333333333333692050728598123151
333333333333471330577689106132159
00000033333347133057768910600
00000033333358164065819411500
1955 1C MS RD
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Base3333333333369121641812882197398443964839
333333333347101324541509242793412145445081
000000333347101324541509242793412100
0000003333581115336821915613388425900
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 9551
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 2197
Owner: CW Enterprises
 
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