Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 991,655,000
Catalog: KM-A132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Brass
Weight: 3.11g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1946 1C MS obverse 1946 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mints continued to omit tin from the cent's alloy during 1946, as normal deliveries of that metal had yet to resume after the war's end. The Philadelphia Mint struck nearly a billion cents that year, only a modest reduction from 1945.

This issue is common in most grades, though there's a remarkable drop-off in the certified population between MS 66 RD and MS 67 RD. Only minor varieties are known for 1946 cents.

The U. S. Mint's overall payroll dropped by more than a thousand persons from Fiscal Year 1945 to FY1946. Sharp, post-war inflation left the remaining employees underpaid, and Congressional action was required to provide them with an emergency pay raise that passed April 19, 1946.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/20/2014

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1946 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.10 0.12 0.13 0.15 0.18 0.40 1.20 1.50 1.85 6.75 15.00 32.00 - - -
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1946 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 3.00 4.75 7.75 28.00 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1946 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 13.00 26.00 150 1550 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 600 8950 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1638
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/3/2006 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 81: The Leesburg Sale, 86/Lot# 94 $345.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1390 $201.25
12/23/2012 NGC MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 3403, 3403/Lot# 1209 $42.00
12/22/2013 NGC MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131353/Lot# 28028 $54.00
7/6/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 185126 $10.00
7/26/2015 PCGS   Red Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20148 $282.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1946 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333333328745219726993028
3333333333333333112671229236428080
0000003333333333112671229236400
0000003333333333195061713253100
1946 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333366691628115151171201366
333333333346671120571271581812560
0000003333466711205712715818100
0000003333566814248613916419100
1946 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333991216501067542161232426433675
3333333333591013276932212232215243029870
0000003333591013276932212232215243000
0000003333791115398753816922270253700
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 754
Owner: Big Tiger
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 754
Owner: Bob Corsini
 
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