Description and Analysis

Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse
1940 D 1C MS

Description & Analysis

Another high mintage issue, the 1940-D cent is common across all grades, and most pieces were quite well made.

Mintages rose rapidly starting in 1940 and peaked in 1944. This story was news at the time: "Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross, Director of the Mint, said that an increased demand for coins has forced operation of the Philadelphia and Denver Mints on twenty-four hour schedules, and the one at San Francisco on sixteen hours daily. She said that it had been necessary to draw on the Denver Mint for coin shipments to the Philadelphia region. Better business conditions are attributed as the cause."

A very distinct repunched mintmark variety is recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.