Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 32,620,000
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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1917 S 1C MS obverse 1917 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As it did at the other mints, cent production rose dramatically at San Francisco in 1917. Due to the hoarding of S-Mint cents that collectors pursued for decades, moderately worn examples of this issue are quite common as compared to its Denver cousin. Mint State coins are not rare, except with full red color, which is seldom seen.

There are fewer sharply struck examples of this date than for 1915-S and 1916-S, as the mint struggled to make its production numbers. The coin illustrated is a truly exceptional specimen in that it is both sharply struck from fresh dies and blessed with much original red. It also displays the old style mintmark of 1909-16, while the vast majority of 1917-S cents have the new mintmark introduced this year and used almost universally through 1941.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/5/2014

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1917 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.50 0.65 1.00 2.25 9.75 9.75 27.50 36.00 55.00 67.50 85.00 90.00 110 205 290 1075 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 135 250 400 - - - -
1917 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 125 190 375 550 1650 3700 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 425 700 2000 - - -
1917 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 375 1250 2500 13750 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 450 1600 3200 27000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 440
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/14/1999 PCGS MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 1174, 1174/Lot# 1078 $735.75
9/26/2002 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Signature Sale #300, 300/Lot# 5540 $977.50
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 286 $2,990.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 88 $253.00
6/3/2012 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/03/2012, 25/Lot# 55272 $26.33
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24236 $31.73
4/6/2014 PCGS AU 58   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 184774 $57.20
4/28/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20059 $152.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333325998123183223265106623853345456560891843234165
3333333124172106143196237532150527053751507310203236760
000000312417210614319623753215052705375150731020300
000000322508511416320925179919453025415855811431700
1917 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333334581131163237288336127127544024541771382190240539
3333333175797141187254304647176531774488599012059281140
000000317579714118725430464717653177448859901205900
0000003316911415221227132095922593600495265641698000
1917 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333372123194237336404463160933454565608979602543346916
33333332689146208270358423845218737515073671213784325940
0000003268914620827035842384521873751507367121378400
000000349106170222303381443122727664158558173361960800
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 2385
Owner: Coinbuf
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 2385
Owner: M. WHEAT
 
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