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

1944-D 1C Steel (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS61
PCGS #:
82725
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
Victor David Brenner
Weight:
2.70 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
Unknown
Metal Content:
Zinc-coated Steel
Auction Record:
$82,250 • PCGS MS63 • 1-9-2013 • Heritage
 
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40,000
53
55
45,000
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61
55,000
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62,500
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62
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:5548, $82,250

1 MS62 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2007:1583, $115,000 - Simpson collection

3 MS60 estimated grade  

Heritage 1/2008:2715, $92,000

4 AU55 PCGS grade
5 AU53 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2010:3153, $37,375

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:5548, $82,250

1 MS62 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2007:1583, $115,000 - Simpson collection

3 MS60 estimated grade  

Heritage 1/2008:2715, $92,000

4 AU55 PCGS grade
5 AU53 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2010:3153, $37,375

6 AU50 estimated grade  

Heritage 5/2007:265, $69,000

6 AU50 estimated grade  

Heritage 1/2010:2446, $32,200 - Brenda John Collection - Heritage 6/2010:170, $60,375 - Heritage 1/2011:5445, not sold
 

8 EF45 estimated grade  

Heritage 5/2007:2036, $34,500 -

9 PCGS Genuine  

Heritage 5/2001:7745, $4,140 - Heritage 4/2008:2246, $28,750

Ron Guth: The 1944-D Steel Cent is a very rare off-metal striking created when a steel blank left over from 1943 was struck in the normal production run of 1944-D Bronze Cents.  Because the Denver Mint was not producing zinc-coated steel coins for foreign governments in 1944 (as was the Philadelphia Mint), the number of 1944-D Steel Cents is automatically expected to be lower than that of the 1944 Steel Cents, and such is the case.  PCGS can account for seven demonstrably different 1944-D Steel Cents, which is about a fourth of the estimated population of the 1944 Steel Cent.  The finest example (the one illustrated here) is part of the Simpson collection of off-metal 1943 and 1944 Cents, the only complete collection ever assembled of these hugely popular coins.

Important note: Until recently, PCGS certified 1944 Steel Cents under their Mint Error program, which assigned the coins certificate numbers which were subsets of the normal 1944 Bronze Cents.  Thus, the PCGS Population Report data for the 1944 Steel Cent is understated and should be ignored.