Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 99,000,000
Catalog: KM-A132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1947 S 1C MS obverse 1947 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of cents at San Francisco in 1947 fell to have that of the previous year, as an economic recession joined with the huge production of the war years to lessen demand for new coins across all denominations.

Quality control at the San Francisco Mint was abysmal in 1947. Under a tight, post-war budget, the dies were run until they became visibly worn and eroded, at which point they were crudely polished for further use. This sometimes resulted in slightly prooflike surfaces combined with heavy polishing lines. The coin illustrated is all too typical of 1947-S, with its weak details and spotty surfaces.

The certified population of 1947-S cents nevertheless reveals a fair number of high grade gems. The bright luster which results from die erosion is quite appealing to many, and such coins may earn high grades despite having incomplete strikes. A well struck coin with excellent surfaces is a true rarity, a fact not always reflected in the Census data.

Several repunched mintmark varieties are known for this issue, all of them minor and of little general interest.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/7/2013

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1947 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.05 0.06 0.08 0.10 0.14 0.14 0.16 0.17 0.18 0.21 0.40 0.46 1.15 1.44 1.73 7.20 10.80 22.50 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 -
1947 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.88 5.75 9.60 18.00 30.00 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 34.00 -
1947 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11.50 15.60 30.00 200 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 34.00 220 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2548
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67


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11/2/1998 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 1101, 1101/Lot# 1143 $49.05
12/4/2008 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 255 $402.50
10/3/2010 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 2935, 2935/Lot# 3296 $69.00
5/15/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/15/2011, 115/Lot# 8494 $16.00
7/4/2011 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 598, 605/Lot# 4164 $111.55
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2236 $364.25
3/10/2013 NGC MS 67   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/10/2013, 65/Lot# 99565 $71.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1947 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661024461664938100
00000066666666610244616649300
00000066666666615286125763900
1947 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333333203772123143175201
3333333333333382548891291531830
00000033333333825488912915300
0000003333333314316010613616400
1947 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333334563123563123913461461
33333333333333175183269788127413840
00000033333333175183269788127400
0000003333333331571034161013131000
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 563
Owner: Big Tiger
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 563
Owner: Bob Corsini
 
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