Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 8,700,000
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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1923 S 1C MS obverse 1923 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It was not until the final quarter of 1923 that the San Francisco Mint's existing stock of earlier cents was drawn down to the point that additional pieces were needed.

Most 1923-S cents were coined from worn dies that displayed incomplete or distorted details. The example illustrated is thus a pleasing exception. In some instances the mintmark is shallow, but this doesn't seem to be as big a problem as for 1921-S cents.

Survivors having full, original red color are extremely rare. This color is likely to be more brassy than coppery, and it may be marred by "woodgrain" toning streaks from incomplete mixing of the alloy.

Well worn examples are common from widespread hoarding that began with the arrival of coin boards in 1935 and lasted until this date essentially disappeared from circulation around 1960.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/6/2014

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1923 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 2.75 3.75 5.00 9.00 45.00 45.00 85.00 92.50 130 200 230 265 315 485 650 1400 - - - - -
$ 50.00 90.00 100.00 150 225 - - - - 800 - - - -
1923 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 435 975 1625 3050 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1200 2400 - - - -
1923 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1450 3500 28750 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 389
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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1/30/2000 NGC AU 55   Brown Teletrade Auction 1264, 1264/Lot# 1028 $59.95
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 315 $311.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 97 $518.65
11/14/2005 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2118, 2118/Lot# 1071 $672.00
11/6/2007 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2007 November Dallas, TX US Coin Signature Auction #452, 452/Lot# 157 $6,900.00
4/7/2013 PCGS MS 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 109034 $550.00
10/6/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 141416 $31.69
6/30/2014 NGC MS 62   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20076 $173.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1923 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base366920151248311317389502602667717874120914943639493565452119238811
4671263183269313341426535623683769985130422094071547111427270650
00000026931334142653562368376998513042209407154711142700
000000290315365464568645700821109713992924450360081630900
1923 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base69912241552413143273925056046707981321228129804361583676512503245806
791016671832653183484295386267129721641251434404852644113444319560
000000265318348429538626712972164125143440485264411344400
0000002893223704675716487551146196127473900534470461923800
1923 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121216281592443173303955076076728201725321264346951765185152892352772
101213207118726832135143254062872111212220428666067184793915317368720
0000002683213514325406287211121222042866606718479391531700
0000002923253734695736507701423271653606778741782272212000
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2980
Owner: coppermania
 
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