Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 866,000
Catalog: KM-132
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1931 S 1C MS obverse 1931 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue has been a key coin in the Lincoln series since its inception, and examples were always extremely difficult to locate in circulation.

Nearly the entire mintage was produced early in 1931 before the demand for additional cents simply evaporated. Most pieces remained unissued until 1935, at which time dealers and speculators were waiting to scoop them up by the roll and the bag.

Due to this unusual pattern of distribution, 1931-S cents are fairly plentiful in Mint State while being rare in worn condition. Ones grading less than Very Fine are genuinely rare. This accounts for the very small spread in value from Good though the lower Mint State grades. Fully red examples are plentiful, though they seem to suffer from spotting and staining. At the gem level, this issue is scarce. Most 1931-S cents are reasonably well struck, but they seldom are found fully struck from fresh dies.

This issue has been widely faked by adding an S mintmark to a 1931(P) cent or by altering the date on a genuine S-Mint cent of some other date in the 1930s. Most of these alterations are easily detected, but collectors should seek a certified coin for peace of mind.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/18/2014

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1931 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 95.00 98.00 105 115 125 125 135 145 150 155 165 170 185 200 250 300 525 - - - -
$ 130 140 150 155 165 170 180 195 210 265 350 - - -
1931 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 190 200 215 270 375 775 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 300 450 - - -
1931 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 220 250 350 775 2350 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 275 400 1150 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4313
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/29/2003 PCGS MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 1799, 1799/Lot# 1025 $253.00
2/18/2007 NGC AU 53   Brown Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67024, 67024/Lot# 23254 $80.50
4/28/2010 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 7412 $546.25
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 671 $552.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 40   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24263 $88.13
2/3/2013 NGC MS 63   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/03/2013, 60/Lot# 96710 $156.20
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 724 $290.00
6/29/2014 NGC XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 202388 $115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1931 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20129832033635738139540944248250253253754656066775197414502124606611080
23330532534336538539942045548851253354055059569582511321674343877370
00000039942045548851253354055059569582511321674343800
00000040443146849552253554355563172389912911899475200
1931 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base220301323339360384398412445484505534546588615729888145018212614761913905
247308328346368388402423458491514538560597653782107515732085428297140
000000402423458491514538560597653782107515732085428200
000000407434471498524542574606691835126216972349595000
1931 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2373043273423633864014154484875075375496156808751369230827543009926416843
25931133234937039140542646149351754157163674510391682245628395094117900
0000004054264614935175415716367451039168224562839509400
0000004104374745005275455936588101204199526052924717900
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 2308
Owner: brent137
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 2308
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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