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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1955 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.15 0.15 0.20 0.30 0.40 0.65 0.85 1.75 3.75 8.50 - - - -
1955 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.65 5.75 12.75 17.50 - - - -
1955 1C MS Red
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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: 5446
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1955 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---11310131081819-1910362----123
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Total---11310131081819-1910362----123
 ---1 %11 %8 %11 %8 %7 %15 %15 %-1 %7 %8 %2 %5 %2 %---- 
1955 1C MS Red Brown
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Base-------------72652971556---343
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Total-------------72652991556---345
 -------------2 %8 %15 %29 %45 %2 %--- 
1955 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------21614622642471801--4980
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----------------153---9
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Total-------------21614622652476831--4989
 -------------0 %0 %3 %45 %50 %2 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Price
1/28/2004 PCGS MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 5272 $2,127.50
8/7/2006 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 2242, 2242/Lot# 1093 $84.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 63   Brown Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1861 $2,415.00
12/2/2012 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/02/2012, 51/Lot# 87585 $1,155.01
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1191/Lot# 3123 $1,901.15
11/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 776, 785/Lot# 40 $2,125.00
12/5/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1192/Lot# 3131 $1,233.75
4/14/2014 NGC MS 61   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20067 $2,261.88
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 62   Brown Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1226 $1,880.00


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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