Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 46,220,000
Catalog: KM-132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1920 S 1C MS obverse 1920 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It's hard to imagine how a mintage of 46 million cents could leave us with so few gems, but this is certainly the case for 1920-S. The vast majority of Mint State survivors are poorly struck from overused dies and reveal little or no red color. Those that are certified as MS RD typically have a subdued shade of red, rather than the flashy color associated with P-Mint Lincolns. The specimen illustrated, though it has a moderately worn reverse die, is about as nice as they come.

This issue was widely hoarded from the mid 1930s onward, until the last examples were found in the early 1960s. 1920-S cents are thus quite common in grades of Fine and lower.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/7/2013

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1920 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.35 0.60 1.35 2.25 9.50 9.50 33.00 35.00 40.00 75.00 95.00 110 130 210 325 920 - - - - -
$ - 36.00 38.00 45.00 85.00 105 125 145 230 360 1010 - - -
1920 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 225 280 575 2150 8450 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 250 375 775 3000 9100 - -
1920 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 325 750 2250 39000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 400 1100 3000 50000 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 468
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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3/21/1998 PCGS MS 63   Red Heritage Auctions 1998 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #184, 184/Lot# 5457 $345.00
6/21/2000 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1324, 1324/Lot# 1021 $261.60
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1371 $1,897.50
10/17/2010 PCGS XF 45   Brown Teletrade Auction 2943, 2943/Lot# 1066 $74.75
11/9/2010 NGC MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10271 $96.60
9/18/2011 PCGS MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 3139, 3139/Lot# 1104 $340.00
9/22/2011 PCGS MS 64   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 621, 628/Lot# 4047 $2,530.00
1/27/2013 PCGS AU 58   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/27/2013, 59/Lot# 94582 $69.31
2/27/2014 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7183 $282.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333335494147183237288336122329364048544771742209940892
33333332067111159201254304631179433064514602212149283630
0000003206711115920125430463117943306451460221214900
0000003378012917121927132092723653677498065981712400
1920 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333372123194237304366423145033654829641483562605848156
33333332689146208259324385765208838535357706114256334240
0000003268914620825932438576520883853535770611425600
000000349106170222281345404110727264341588577082015700
1920 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333111183278336423502575182140485447717492783006255378
333333339135214297365449526990256345146022787516206385000
00000033913521429736544952699025634514602278751620600
000000375159246316394475550140533054980659885762313400
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 4048
Owner: brent137
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 3365
Owner: M. WHEAT
 
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