1961-D 1C, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Lincoln Cents 1959 to Date

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS #:
2873
Designer:
Victor David Brenner/Frank Gasparro
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Weight:
3.11 grams
Mintage:
1,753,266,700
Mint:
Denver
Metal:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 1,225,000,000 R-1.0 3 / 15 TIE 4 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 100,000 R-2.0 2 / 15 TIE 3 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 50,000 R-2.5 2 / 15 TIE 3 / 16 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,225,000,000
60 or Better 100,000
65 or Better 50,000
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-1.0
60 or Better R-2.0
65 or Better R-2.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 15 TIE
60 or Better 2 / 15 TIE
65 or Better 2 / 15 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 4 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 3 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 3 / 16 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PCGS MS63BN
2 PCGS MS62BN
3 PCGS AU58BN
3 PCGS AU58BN
3 PCGS AU58BN
#1 PCGS MS63BN
#2 PCGS MS62BN
#3 PCGS AU58BN
#3 PCGS AU58BN
#3 PCGS AU58BN
Jaime Hernandez:

The 1961-D Lincoln cent is one of the worst struck cents from 1932 to date. As of 2010, it is one of a handful of Lincoln cents from the 1930's to 2010 that does not exist in MS67 grades or higher.

In the early 1960's, the Denver Mint stepped up production of circulation strike Lincoln cents and even outpaced the Philadelphia Mint. This resulted in very poor quality Lincoln cents being struck for circulation from 1960 to 1963.

The 1961-D along with the two consecutive years include the 1962-D and 1963-D Lincoln cents, which also do not exist in PCGS MS67 Red grade. These three Denver coins are three of four different Lincoln cents that do not exist in PCGS MS67 grade or higher. The other only date of business strike Lincoln cents from 1930's to date which is non existent in MS67 grade, is the 1973-S.

Therefore, the 1961-D, 1962-D, 1963-D and 1973-S Lincoln cents are the worst quality circulation strike cents produced from the 1930's to date.