Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 96,190,000
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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1954 S 1C MS obverse 1954 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Quality control for this issue was poor, even by San Francisco Mint standards of the 1950s. Worn and overpolished dies left many of these coins quite blurry and their details incomplete. Only widespread roll hoarding of this date has provided enough gems to satisfy the demand from collectors.

Numerous repunched mintmarks are known for 1954-S, most of them quite minor and of little interest. Small die breaks affecting the date and lettering are frequently seen, including the "San Jose" variety in which a J-shaped break on the right side of the mintmark makes it look like letters SJ. These minor breaks are of interest only to series specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/7/2013

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1954 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.08 0.09 0.10 0.10 0.12 0.13 0.14 0.16 0.29 0.35 0.58 0.86 1.44 3.60 7.50 23.75 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 27.00 -
1954 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.60 9.90 15.00 32.50 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 36.00 -
1954 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6.90 14.40 27.50 120 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 31.00 134 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5837
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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10/28/1998 NGC MS 63   Red Teletrade Auction 1100, 1100/Lot# 1072 $8.75
1/30/2007 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27021, 27021/Lot# 13052 $23.00
11/12/2007 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 194, 200/Lot# 73 $9.20
5/16/2010 NGC MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210054, 210054/Lot# 26265 $26.00
12/12/2010 NGC MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 210123/Lot# 24038 $15.00
5/4/2014 NGC MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131419/Lot# 26032 $15.00
5/25/2014 NGC MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22671 $144.53
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 170362 $7.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1954 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333333333333
3333333333333333333330
0000003333333333333300
0000003333333333333300
1954 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333333163759183104411311222
3333333333333372344100470107311610
0000003333333372344100470107300
00000033333333113051141757110200
1954 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333332450119453111712061303
33333333333333103273230674114612380
00000033333333103273230674114600
00000033333333174196341895117600
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 774
Owner: hunter's gold
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 453
Owner: Rick's Keepers
 
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