Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,431,000
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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1912 S 1C MS obverse 1912 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With its very low mintage for a 20th Century cent, 1912-S is scarce in all grades and genuinely rare in fully red gem condition. Examples in the higher circulated grades of VF-AU are seldom seen, and most pieces in lower grades are marred by damage or corrosion. As far back as the late 1930s, collectors were already reporting great difficulty in finding this issue in circulation.

Well struck 1912-S cents may be found within the surviving Mint State population, as the example illustrated clearly reveals. The reverse is more likely to show heavy die erosion, as these undated dies were used in succeeding years until they failed.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/1/2014

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1912 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 20.00 24.00 28.00 42.50 80.00 80.00 110 115 125 185 210 225 245 305 410 875 1600 - - - -
$ 85.00 115 120 135 195 215 230 260 325 475 1200 - - -
1912 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 240 285 370 625 1375 3250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 425 750 1800 - - -
1912 S 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 500 1000 4200 11550 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 625 1500 7800 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 782
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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8/19/1995 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 1995 ANA Sale #139, 139/Lot# 5656 $2,860.00
2/10/2008 NGC MS 64   Red Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1816 $920.00
10/27/2010 PCGS F 15   Brown Teletrade Auction 2950, 2950/Lot# 1041 $23.00
8/19/2012 PCGS F 15   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/19/2012, 36/Lot# 68306 $21.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 50   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24207 $101.05
11/29/2012 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7507 $293.75
3/11/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 3421, 3421/Lot# 1180 $360.00
8/11/2013 PCGS MS 63   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 764, 773/Lot# 528 $280.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2953083203363483633813954094375866422657158291005158321972362253528313915
2993123253403533693864004184876056424157538881198178822522420263431920
0000003864004184876056424157538881198178822522420263400
0000003904044285366236425657919461390199223072477273200
1912 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base545972851021191391631902202552953367939411303202931263340356339435315
5663769110812614717220023226830948884210621545239531973414369044000
00000014717220023226830948884210621545239531973414369000
00000015518121024328232264189211821787276032693489381600
1912 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base859411112715117520523727231436040946399011381707352554765798613366988701
88100116135159185216249286329376427639103913282313417555835910632173660
000000216249286329376427639103913282313417555835910632100
000000226260300345393445814108915172919482656916021651000
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2029
Owner: Coinbuf
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2029
Owner: Joshua Murphy
 
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