Description and Analysis

Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse
1920 1C MS

Description & Analysis

This issue proved to be the last wartime-induced high mintage cent, and 20 years would pass before the 310 million mark was exceeded. Examples are common in all grades, and there are enough fully red gems to satisfy the most competitive registry collectors.

Most 1920(P) cents are reasonably well struck, but none offer the wealth of fine details seen on some 1916-17 cents. The obverse master hub wore down from the generation of so many dies during the booming war years, and Lincoln's portrait afterward continued to deteriorate steadily through 1968.