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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/6/2014

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1920 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.40 0.65 1.45 2.30 10.50 10.50 34.00 37.00 42.50 77.50 105 120 145 220 470 1100 - - - - -
$ - - - 50.00 87.50 110 125 155 250 525 - - - -
1920 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 240 375 875 3250 8500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 265 400 1100 4350 - - -
1920 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 385 825 2400 55000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 440 1150 3450 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 486
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 302 $322.00
9/21/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24094, 24094/Lot# 11186 $675.05
4/10/2006 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA Online Session #403, 403/Lot# 7214 $195.50
8/19/2008 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28084, 28084/Lot# 24020 $5,606.25
11/9/2010 NGC MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10271 $96.60
10/26/2011 NGC AU 50   Brown Teletrade Auction 3162, 3162/Lot# 1072 $12.00
3/10/2013 NGC MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131312/Lot# 26516 $98.70
3/31/2013 PCGS MS 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/31/2013, 68/Lot# 81918 $825.00
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 723 $775.00


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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