Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 46,220,000
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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1920 S 1C MS obverse 1920 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It's hard to imagine how a mintage of 46 million cents could leave us with so few gems, but this is certainly the case for 1920-S. The vast majority of Mint State survivors are poorly struck from overused dies and reveal little or no red color. Those that are certified as MS RD typically have a subdued shade of red, rather than the flashy color associated with P-Mint Lincolns. The specimen illustrated, though it has a moderately worn reverse die, is about as nice as they come.

This issue was widely hoarded from the mid 1930s onward, until the last examples were found in the early 1960s. 1920-S cents are thus quite common in grades of Fine and lower.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/6/2014

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1920 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 0.40 0.65 1.45 2.30 10.50 34.00 37.00 42.50 77.50 120 145 220 470 1100 - - - - -
$ - - - 50.00 87.50 125 155 250 525 - - - -
1920 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 240 375 875 3250 8500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 265 400 1100 4350 - - -
1920 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 385 825 2400 55000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 440 1150 3450 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 495
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

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4/26/2015 MS 65  Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1219/Lot# 3342


Auction Prices Realized

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9/29/2002 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #301, 301/Lot# 349 $120.75
9/10/2006 NGC MS 64   Red Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1082 $1,265.00
3/8/2009 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2662, 2662/Lot# 1061 $299.00
4/13/2009 NGC MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 360, 366/Lot# 219 $276.00
12/9/2012 PCGS AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 75514 $42.00
10/29/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 3378 $3,172.50
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7217 $352.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33336411311391511752983812374896631095179919412091224925203518
333418711341431592163263813215478071330184619912144233928530
0000001341431592163263813215478071330184619912144233900
0000001361471672573533814056059511564189420412196243000
1920 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1591671751831902012122202302412552653047059491583312648175109541559317767
16217017818519420521522323424625827843878611602097369049145211558765430
00000021522323424625827843878611602097369049145211558700
00000021722723725026229157186813722612425350125313575900
1920 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2302412512652752883013143273423573724239661531269999181041610932114671236015467
23424425626827929230531833234736238960411541920510510084105881111011765133960
0000003053183323473623896041154192051051008410588111101176500
0000003103233373523674067851343231075121025010760112891206200
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 3126
Owner: M. WHEAT
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 3126
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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