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SERIES: Lincoln Cents 1909-1958
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1954 1C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64BN
PCGS #:
2813
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
Victor David Brenner
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
71,640,050
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$2,233 • • 1-6-2016 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 7,000,000 R-1.0 26 / 143 TIE 29 / 146 TIE
60 or Better 7,400 R-3.5 90 / 143 92 / 146
65 or Better 3,700 R-4.2 83 / 143 TIE 83 / 146 TIE
Condition Census (Explain)
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
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Jaime Hernandez: The 1954-P Lincoln cent has the lowest mintage from any Philadelphia cent which was struck from 1934 to date.

Almost all Philadelphia Lincoln cents exist in better condition than the 1954-P (this includes all dates from the teens and twenties), with the exception of the 1914-P.

From 1915 to date, the 1954-P ranks as the toughest Philadelphia cent in grades of MS67 or higher. However, the 1914-P is definitely the toughest, the 1954-P being the second toughest and the 1953-P being the third most difficult to locate in M67 Red grades.

For no apparent reason, 1954-P Lincoln cents display very weak and mushy details. This is one of the reasons why coins in high mint state grades are very difficult to locate.