Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 11,696,000
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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1924 S 1C MS obverse 1924 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though widely hoarded from circulation 1935-60, as were all S-Mint cents, this issue is very scarce in all grades higher than Very Fine. Mint State survive in smaller numbers than for many other issues of the 1920s, and fully red gems are exceedingly rare. Those so certified typically have a deep, mellowed red that is not at all comparable to an MS RD 1924(P) cent.

Severe budget cuts across all federal departments during the Harding and Coolidge administrations compelled the mints, particularly Denver and San Francisco, to run their dies way too long. As a result, 1924-S cents are among the many issues of this decade that are usually found poorly struck from very eroded dies. The coin presented here is thus a superior specimen in all respects.

Only a few persons interested in coinage matters commented at the time about such poor quality. One of these was Charles Moore, Chairman of the Federal Commission of Fine Arts: "By dint of many struggles our silver coinage, the nickel, and the penny, have been brought up to a fair standard as compared with other leading nations. The only questions now in relation to those coins are questions of quality of work in producing the coins themselves."

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/7/2014

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1924 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.10 1.40 2.60 5.25 27.00 27.00 73.00 77.00 80.00 100.00 115 160 180 345 625 1600 - - - - -
$ 35.00 - - - 110 - - - 385 825 - - - -
1924 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 200 260 540 1025 3800 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 675 1450 5000 - - -
1924 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 450 2100 4500 29000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 750 2600 11000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 455
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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11/16/2000 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2000 Santa Clara Sale #242, 242/Lot# 6735 $690.00
9/17/2001 NGC MS 62   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1483, 1483/Lot# 1014 $103.55
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 321 $4,025.00
7/12/2010 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 496, 502/Lot# 83 $1,840.00
8/12/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/12/2012, 35/Lot# 64160 $48.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24247 $455.90
10/20/2013 PCGS VF 25   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 114767 $14.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1924 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333363111171212251288336124734224662620981062483445996
33333332379131184225263304639197238355177684113682318880
0000003237913118422526330463919723835517768411368200
0000003439515119823827532094326974248569374731925800
1924 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333385143223272320366423147739025527727393972914353910
333333330104169239288335385774228544436109798115979373980
00000033010416923928833538577422854443610979811597900
000000357123196255304350404112530934985669186892256100
1924 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333131212317381445502575185446626209810685153146257917
3333333451582473384024645261001279051776841824216164402800
000000345158247338402464526100127905177684182421616400
000000388185282359423483550142737265693747383782381300
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 3422
Owner: coppermania
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1477
Owner: M. WHEAT
 
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