Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 17,266,000
Catalog: KM-132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1928 S 1C MS obverse 1928 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1928-S cents were widely hoarded from circulation, with the result that ones grading VF and lower are quite common. Mint State survivors are moderately scarce across all grades, but a few rolls survived long enough to be saved when the hoarded of uncirculated rolls began to catch on in the mid 1930s.

Fully red gems are quite rare, due to a combination of toning, spotting and less than satisfying strikes. As is seemingly always true of copper/bronze coins, the most sharply struck examples tend to tone more readily than the mushy ones, and the surviving population of 1928-S cents adheres to this pattern.

Late in the year 1928, dies for the cent, dime, quarter dollar and half dollar were shipped to San Francisco bearing a large, heavy mintmark of a style not seen in decades. Circulated 1928 Large S cents are slightly scarce, while Mint State pieces are very scarce and carry a substantial premium. The common, Small S variety is illustrated.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/7/2013

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1928 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.65 1.00 1.85 3.00 8.50 8.50 21.00 23.00 29.00 43.00 65.00 70.00 75.00 105 170 230 - - - - -
$ - - 26.00 34.00 50.00 72.00 77.00 85.00 120 200 280 - - -
1928 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 87.00 125 220 380 850 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 97.00 145 250 500 1050 - - -
1928 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 145 275 760 4500 29000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 165 335 1150 6750 32500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 326
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 65


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2/21/2002 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2002 February Long Beach Signature Sale #284, 284/Lot# 5240 $276.00
4/4/2005 PCGS MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 2022, 2022/Lot# 1017 $660.00
1/9/2008 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 496 $2,070.00
7/30/2008 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 7506 $299.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10295 $243.80
7/4/2011 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 598, 605/Lot# 4728 $1,265.00
11/25/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 81930 $517.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1928 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333376710613515516718346315312233314943191225222677
33333331447801151411591722768191765253835396963157270
0000003144780115141159172276819176525383539696300
00000032557931251481631773691175199928433929960700
1928 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333508914317920122023757517992740380051371483727423
333333318631071551862072253499832112309342458370190320
00000031863107155186207225349983211230934245837000
0000003347612516719321323146213912426344646911160300
1928 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333338113521225828831433676422333149431957831750132226
3333333299916022726829632147812532538353948079689224090
000000329991602272682963214781253253835394807968900
00000035511718624227830532862117432843392952951359500
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1531
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: MS 62 RB
Points: 220
Owner: bradman
 
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