Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 421,414,384
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1956 1C MS obverse 1956 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With nearly a half million pieces coined, this issue is hardly rare, even in fully red gem condition. It is only at the MS 67 RD level that the population thins considerably. Overly used dies, combined with a decades long deterioration of the obverse master hub, rendered most pieces mushy.

Though several cud die breaks are known for 1956(P) cents, these are generally collected under the heading of mint errors rather than varieties. In the latter category there are only very minor doubled-dies of interest solely to specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1956 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.15 0.15 0.30 0.40 0.65 0.80 1.20 6.00 11.00 - - - -
1956 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.50 4.50 9.00 22.00 - - - -
1956 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8.00 16.00 43.50 525 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 120 4300 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3080
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: 10/22/2019 1956 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----11-1123--13243522----94
----------------1-----1
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Total----11-1123--13243622----95
 ----1 %1 %-1 %1 %2 %3 %--1 %3 %25 %38 %23 %---- 
1956 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------21774111709---283
----------------291---12
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Total-------------217741137910---295
 -------------1 %6 %25 %38 %27 %3 %--- 
1956 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1-7566251829185---2703
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-----------------71---8
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Total------------1-7566251836186---2711
 ------------0 %-0 %2 %23 %68 %7 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/23/2007 NGC MS 66   Red Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1130 $86.25
9/22/2008 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 285, 291/Lot# 153 $18.00
6/6/2010 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 2866, 2866/Lot# 2625 $126.50
1/3/2011 NGC AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 3 $575.00
4/3/2011 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/03/2011, 108/Lot# 6350 $35.00
8/8/2011 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 3115, 3115/Lot# 1847 $80.50
2/12/2012 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 3223, 3223/Lot# 1218 $150.00
9/7/2017 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1259/Lot# 7165 $432.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1956 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333333204150597294
333333333333333927445363790
00000033333333392744536300
000000333333333143447566800
1956 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333369163289102119147183
33333333333347112151931081281590
000000333333471121519310812800
000000333333581427709811313800
1956 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333691228631941333144716431859
33333333333471017401075741371151217150
00000033333471017401075741371151200
00000033333581123511509531409157800
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1333
Owner: Eagles Nest
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1333
Owner: Eric C. Manning
 
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