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SERIES: Lincoln Cents 1959 to Date
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1959 1C, BN (Regular Strike)

PCGS #:
2852
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
Victor David Brenner/Frank Gasparro
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
609,715,000
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$31,050 • MS60 • 6-2-2010 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
Go To Grade
  • 45
  • 53
  • 55
  • 58
  • 63
  • 65
  • 65+
  • 66
  • 66+
45
2
45
53
1
53
55
1
55
58
2
58
63
1
63
65
-
7
65
65+
1
65+
66
1
66
66+
5
66+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 425,000,000 R-1.0 3 / 15 TIE 4 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 150,000 R-1.9 4 / 15 TIE 5 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 75,000 R-2.2 6 / 15 7 / 16
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PCGS MS64BN  
2 PCGS MS63BN  
3 Multiple (4) PCGS AU58BNs  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PCGS MS64BN  
2 PCGS MS63BN  
3 Multiple (4) PCGS AU58BNs  

Jaime Hernandez: This is the first year in which the Mint produced Lincoln cents with the Memorial reverse design.

MS65: Even though this coin has a large mintage, coins in MS65 condition are not easy to come by. A lot of roll searching is needed to find examples in this condition or higher.

MS66: In MS66 they are difficult to find and there are probably no more than a couple thousand coins that would merit this grade or higher.

MS67: In this grade coins are considered very scarce with possibly no more than several dozen or so coins surviving in this grade with none being higher.