Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,431,000
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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1912 S 1C MS obverse 1912 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With its very low mintage for a 20th Century cent, 1912-S is scarce in all grades and genuinely rare in fully red gem condition. Examples in the higher circulated grades of VF-AU are seldom seen, and most pieces in lower grades are marred by damage or corrosion. As far back as the late 1930s, collectors were already reporting great difficulty in finding this issue in circulation.

Well struck 1912-S cents may be found within the surviving Mint State population, as the example illustrated clearly reveals. The reverse is more likely to show heavy die erosion, as these undated dies were used in succeeding years until they failed.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/1/2014

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1912 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 20.00 24.00 28.00 42.50 80.00 80.00 110 115 125 185 210 225 245 305 410 875 1600 - - - -
$ 85.00 115 120 135 195 215 230 260 325 475 1200 - - -
1912 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 240 285 370 625 1375 3250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 425 750 1800 - - -
1912 S 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 500 1000 4200 11550 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 625 1500 7800 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 772
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/24/2006 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 84, 89/Lot# 29 $1,495.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1034 $253.00
2/4/2009 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 408 $3,450.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9485 $546.25
9/11/2011 PCGS VF 35   Brown Teletrade Auction 3135, 3135/Lot# 1024 $39.00
7/1/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/01/2012, 29/Lot# 59262 $22.35
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24206 $118.68


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333337212319423726528831482016472335328144851380225337
3333333268914620824627229648210951876265036827590176470
000000326891462082462722964821095187626503682759000
00000034910617022225528030565113712105296540831069600
1912 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333339816325130433636639599019282860395253261661430469
33333333411919226831434637559313022238322444109088212320
0000003341191922683143463755931302223832244410908800
00000036614122128632535638579116152549358848681285100
1912 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333147237354423463502539127123853281448559901950335650
333333351177276377436476514783164226833682498610494248850
00000035117727637743647651478316422683368249861049400
000000399207315400449489526102720132982408354881499800
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 1928
Owner: Coinbuf
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 1928
Owner: Joshua Murphy
 
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