EF40 Lincoln Cent Grading
AU50 Lincoln Cent Grading
MS66 Lincoln Cent Grading
MS65 Lincoln Cent Grading
MS63 Lincoln Cent Grading
EF45 Lincoln Cent Grading
VF35 Lincoln Cent Grading
VF30 Lincoln Cent Grading
VF25 Lincoln Cent Grading
F15 Lincoln Cent Grading
VF20 Lincoln Cent Grading
F12 Lincoln Cent Grading
VG10 Lincoln Cent Grading
G4 Lincoln Grading
About Good AG3 Lincoln Cent Grading
Good (G4)
Very Good (VG10)
Disclaimer: This is just a guide to give you an idea of what your coin might grade. Often coins will grade higher on one side vs. the other. In example, it's possible for a coin to grade G4 on its obverse, but grade VG8 on its reverse. Also, this guide is not a claim that one's coin will obtain any grade listed if submitted to a third party grading service.
Along with a grade, Lincoln Cent also come with three other designations, BN (Brown), RB (Red-Brown), RD (Full Red) with the R being the most desirable state of preservation for normally toned cents. Below are examples of each state of toning.
A Lincoln Cent is difficult to grade, but one aspect of grading the MS grades is in the smallest of details. Many cents appear mark free in the fields, but a few places that's often over looked is the high points of the hair, beard and the lower shoulder. Sometimes these marks can't be easily seen without a 5x jeweler's loupe, so when grading Lincoln Cent, pay close attention to these areas.
Lincoln Wheat Cent Coin Photo Grading
About Good (AG3)
F12 (Fine)
VF35 (Very Fine)
EF45 (Extremely Fine)
MS65 (Mint State) RD (RED)
MS63 (Mint State) RD (RED)
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F15 (Fine)
VF20 (Very Fine)
VF25 (Very Fine)
VF30 (Very Fine)
EF40 (Extremely Fine)
AU50 (Almost Uncirculated)
AU55 Lincoln Cent Grading
AU55 (Almost Uncirculated)
AU58 Lincoln Cent Grading
AU58 (Almost Uncirculated)
MS64 Lincoln Cent Grading
MS64 (Mint State) RD (RED)
MS66 (Mint State) RD (RED)
MS67 Lincoln Cent Grading
MS67 (Mint State) RD (RED)
MS68 Lincoln Cent Grading
MS67 (Mint State) RD (RED)
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Images By Date and Mint
1909
1909-S VDB
1909 VDB
1909-S
1909-S Over horizontal S
1910
1910-S
1911
1911-D
1911-D Over D (RPM)
1911-S
1912
1912-D
1912-S
1913
1913-D
1913-S
1914
1914-D
1914-S
1915
1915-D
1915-S
1916
1916-D
1916-S
1917
1917-P Doubled Die Obverse
1917-D
1917-S
1918
1918-D
1918-S
1919
1919-D
1919-S
1920's Series Weat Reverse
1920
1920-D
1920-S
1921
1921-S
1922-D
1922 Weak D
1922 No D
1923
1923-S
1924
1924-D
1924-S
1925
1925-D
1925-S
1926
1926-D
1926-S
1927
1927-D
1927-S
1928
1928-D
1928-S
1929
1929-D
1929-S
1930's Series Wheat Reverse
1930
1930-D
1930-S
1931
1931-D
1931-S
1932
1932-D
1933
1933-D
1934
1934-D
1935
1935-D
1935-S
1936
1936 DDO Type I Most Valuable
1936 Brilliant Finish PR Only
1936 Satin Finish    PR Only
1936-D
1936-S
1937
1937-D
1937-S
1938
1938-D
1938-S
1939
1939-D
1939-S
1940's Series Wheat Reverse
1940
1940-D
1940-S
1940-S/S/S
1941
1941 Double die reverse
1941-D
1941-S Look for DDR
1942
1942-D
1942-S Look for RPM's S/S - S/S/S
Zinc Coated Steel Planchets
1943
1943 DDO
1943-P Copper instead of steel
1943-D
1943-D/D RPM
1943-D Copper (Rare)
1943-S
Copper Planchets Resumed
1944
1944-D
1944 D/S Variety 1
1944-S
1945
1945-D
1945-S
1946
1946-D
1946-S
1946 S/D RPM
1947
1947-D
1947-S
1948
1948-D
1948-S
1949
1949-D
1949-S
1950-58 Series Wheat Reverse
1950
1950-D
1950-S
1951
1951-D
1951-S
1952
1952-D
1952-S
1953
1953-D
1953-S
1954
1954-D
1954-S
1955
1955 DDO
1955-D
1955-S
1956
1956-D
1957
1957-D
1958
1958-D