Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 669,384
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 PF obverse 1956 1C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

As the prices for proof sets since 1936 continued to enjoy spectacular growth, sales of the 1956 set nearly doubled from the previous year. Much of this was pure speculation, but the hobby was also experiencing a large influx of beginners.

Fully red gems, including Cameo specimens, are available in sufficient quantity to supply advanced collectors, but Ultra Cameo pieces would not become commonplace from the Mint until the late 1970s.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1956 1C PF Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1.50 1.60 1.90 2.15 10.00 19.00 28.00 40.50 94.00 450 -
1956 1C PF Red, Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15.00 30.00 50.00 165 700 1250 -
1956 1C PF Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 0.85 0.90 1.10 1.50 1.90 2.65 4.05 20.25 - - -
1956 1C PF Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1.10 1.15 2.75 4.50 6.00 11.00 17.00 27.00 40.00 - -
1956 1C PF Red, Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 60.00 185 525 1100 4000 7400 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5706
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/25/2019 1956 1C PF Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------173911540523911896480-5334
-----------------2731-13
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Total-------------173911540723981899481-5347
 -------------0 %0 %1 %2 %8 %45 %36 %9 %- 
1956 1C PF Red Brown, Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------1----1
 -----------------100 %---- 
1956 1C PF Red, Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------341667134725-301
-----------------241--7
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Total--------------341669138735-308
 --------------1 %1 %5 %22 %45 %24 %2 %- 
1956 1C PF Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------2-1----3
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Total---------------2-1----3
 ---------------67 %-33 %---- 
1956 1C PF Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------33252---15
------------------1---1
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Total--------------33253---16
 --------------19 %19 %13 %31 %19 %--- 
1956 1C PF Red, Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------26426113-52
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Total---------------26426113-52
 ---------------4 %12 %8 %50 %21 %6 %- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/12/2006 NGC PF 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 91, 96/Lot# 157 $27.60
11/12/2007 PCGS PF 67   Red Teletrade Auction 2448, 2448/Lot# 2381 $84.00
8/31/2008 NGC PF 68   Red, Cameo Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68091, 68091/Lot# 61164 $126.50
6/17/2012 PCGS Genuine Proof   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/17/2012, 27/Lot# 51462 $13.00
3/24/2013 NGC PF 68   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/24/2013, 67/Lot# 20215 $55.00
9/22/2014 NGC PF 68   Red Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 589 $253.00
12/24/2014 NGC PF 65   Red, Ultra Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3514, 6083/Lot# 20054 $135.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1956 1C PF Red Brown
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Base3333333333336916204167106163201248
333333333334711172750801251762170
0000003333347111727508012517600
0000003333358141934589314418800
1956 1C PF Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161616161616161616161616161628377610214333610661223
161616161616161616161616162031508511620757911180
000000161616161616162031508511620757900
000000161616161616162434639312927282300
1956 1C PF Red Brown, Cameo
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Base9999999912121212121220286372143194237620
999999910121212121215234066961602083650
0000009101212121212152340669616020800
00000091112121212121725516911917722300
1956 1C PF Red, Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16161616161616161616162428324159123201539139319282171
16161616161616161616192529354780149314824157120090
00000016161616192529354780149314824157100
0000001616161621273138531021754261108175000
1956 1C PF Red, Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16161616161616162024375054598123758611731799344745394992
161616161616161721284151566613335378213822348381146900
000000161721284151566613335378213822348381100
000000161923334653577418547097715902898417500
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Grade: PF 68 RD ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 3447
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: PF 68 RD ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 3447
Owner: Ultra Cameo Collection
 
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