Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 15,274,000
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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1921 S 1C MS obverse 1921 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Fully red gems of this issue are extremely rare, though Mint State examples of so-so quality are not hard to find. The coin illustrated has an exceptionally sharp obverse from a fresh die, while its reverse reveals the effects of overuse (since reverse dies carried no date, they did not have to be discarded at the end of each year, but instead were used until they failed completely).

This date was widely hoarded from circulation starting in the mid 1930s, so well worn examples are more common than their relatively low mintage would suggest. Some are difficult to attribute as 1921-S cents, since the mintmark was shallowly punched on one or more obverse dies this year.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/6/2014

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1921 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1.75 2.75 3.85 6.50 37.50 65.00 70.00 85.00 105 140 165 230 415 850 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 190 265 450 - - - -
1921 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 165 245 390 725 1275 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 430 875 - - - -
1921 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 700 1250 2450 13500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1575 4150 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 671
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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3/22/1997 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 1997 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #169, 169/Lot# 5807 $230.00
5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 306 $161.00
10/20/2004 PCGS MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 1951, 1951/Lot# 1029 $467.50
9/25/2011 PCGS MS 63   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/25/2011, 137/Lot# 17960 $962.50
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(2), 1173/Lot# 3700 $1,116.25
11/3/2013 PCGS XF 40   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 141859 $35.00
8/29/2014 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3497, 6051/Lot# 22025 $323.13
1/11/2015 PCGS XF 45   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 838, 847/Lot# 262 $30.00
3/31/2015 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32545 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66912241552442552723203814232235396841013155816861820196322093118
671016681852482612883403954233285877941195160117311868204525120
0000002482612883403954233285877941195160117311868204500
0000002512663043614094234346369031376164317751915212700
1921 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3043173303453603753894064234394584772887159741421194920992258242627123764
30832133535036538039541242844546447743080111231597199921522314252130630
00000039541242844546447743080111231597199921522314252100
00000040041743445247147757388812721773204922052370261700
1921 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base220230241251262275285298311327339354404139319282727583661736524689075069678
223234244255266278289302316331344371734157121943763594862906646709582300
000000289302316331344371734157121943763594862906646709500
0000002943073223353493871063175024614800606164076768730100
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 1949
Owner: coppermania
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1558
Owner: Coinbuf
 
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