Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,833,000
Catalog: KM-132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1915 S 1C MS obverse 1915 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This low-mintage cent is scarce in all circulated grades, while Mint State examples are particularly elusive. Most such coins are reasonably well struck, the example illustrated being fairly representative. A few are exceptionally sharp, mimicking the appearance of proofs.

Coins having full red color that is original and not the result of a chemical dipping are very rare. It is essential to purchase MS RD coins that have been certified by a major grading service, as so many unworn examples have non-original color. This practice was at one time common and acceptable, but today's buyers are far more discriminating.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/4/2014

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1915 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.50 19.50 23.50 31.00 65.00 65.00 115 130 150 185 205 225 375 575 825 1150 2450 - - - -
$ 70.00 120 135 165 195 210 250 400 600 960 1500 - - -
1915 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 275 450 650 1700 3900 7500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 800 2400 4500 - - -
1915 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 600 1150 3800 10250 30000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1700 5500 13750 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 602
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
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11/10/2014 MS 63  Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7210
11/10/2014 MS 63  Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7211


Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
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4/16/2007 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 135, 140/Lot# 106 $1,437.50
6/1/2011 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3123 $3,220.00
6/5/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Teletrade Auction 3078, 3078/Lot# 1103 $207.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 647 $1,292.50
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 53   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 110669 $54.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1234 $1,035.00
10/14/2013 PCGS MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 3452, 3452/Lot# 1083 $400.00
6/16/2014 PCGS XF 45   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20073 $79.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333394155237288323369404106621243009414155631750032122
33333333311418225429933838062414182419338646159542223740
0000003331141822542993383806241418241933864615954200
00000036313420927131135339284517712714376350891352100
1915 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333123201304366409463502127124643639493565452084338221
333333343149235324380427476758166828554071547111311266350
00000034314923532438042747675816682855407154711131100
000000383175269345394445489101420663247450360081607700
1915 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333183288423502558627674160930094141556373172425044330
333333363218333449520581642985207533864615614712961309430
00000036321833344952058164298520753386461561471296100
0000003123253378475539604658129725423763508967321860500
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Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1066
Owner: rlm's cents
 
Grade: MS 63 BN
Points: 404
Owner: Joshua Murphy
 
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