Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 112,940,000
Catalog: KM-132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1940 S 1C MS obverse 1940 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While the Census data reveal a large number of certified gems, collectors will want to be picky in selecting the right coin. Many 1940-S cents were coined with worn dies displaying very distorted features. The San Francisco Mint was pushed to its limit during the year supplying coins outside of its usual territory: "...163 tons of San Francisco Mint coins were delivered to the Federal Reserve Bank [of Chicago] during November. A sizable fleet of express trucks was required to deliver the coins. It is believed that this is the first time that 'S' mint coins have been brought as far east as Chicago for distribution."

A very distinct repunched mintmark variety for 1940-S is recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service. Several lesser ones are not recognized at this time.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/19/2014

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1940 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.07 0.10 0.25 0.40 0.60 0.60 0.90 1.00 1.10 1.40 1.95 2.15 2.75 3.50 6.00 10.50 17.00 32.50 - - -
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1940 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.75 8.75 15.00 27.00 52.50 - - -
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1940 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.00 13.00 25.00 50.00 350 9750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2507
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67


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2/21/2008 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 223, 229/Lot# 5019 $57.50
3/31/2009 NGC MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29042, 29042/Lot# 22280 $30.00
8/23/2009 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 2735, 2735/Lot# 1131 $23.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 67   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1389 $506.00
2/23/2014 NGC MS 67   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 172567 $225.50
5/25/2014 NGC MS 67   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 195017 $88.60


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1940 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661024461664938100
00000066666666610244616649300
00000066666666615286125763900
1940 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333312285076155179201248
333333333333361735581021631862160
0000003333333617355810216318600
0000003333333922426712817119300
1940 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333334567147534439846724958
333333333333331752932761822448947670
000000333333331752932761822448900
0000003333333331591204053110458000
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 534
Owner: 66RB
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 534
Owner: Bob Corsini
 
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