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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.75 2.75 3.85 6.50 37.50 37.50 65.00 70.00 85.00 105 120 140 165 230 415 850 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 190 265 450 - - - -
1921 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 140 165 245 390 725 1275 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 430 875 - - - -
1921 S 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 700 1250 2450 13500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1575 4150 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 647
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 304 $1,955.00
2/7/2005 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #27, 31/Lot# 61 $322.00
5/16/2005 NGC AU 55   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #39, 43/Lot# 45 $78.20
12/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25124, 25124/Lot# 13007 $517.50
6/22/2011 NGC AU 53   Brown Teletrade Auction 3089, 3089/Lot# 1074 $69.00
11/3/2013 PCGS XF 40   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 141859 $35.00
9/19/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3500, 6054/Lot# 22057 $470.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333359102159198223265301153125883605471962781994836839
33333332173121172206237277711188329273976523810834255780
0000003217312117220623727771118832927397652381083400
00000034087140185214251289112122353266434757581539100
1921 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333381135209255288336381179929804323559173512362043570
33333332999159224266304351853219234274745617712774302700
0000003299915922426630435185321923427474561771277400
000000355117184239277320366132625863875516867641819700
1921 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333123198298360404463522223336054893627881912735250290
3333333431482313183744234821092269040345354691514578349980
000000343148231318374423482109226904034535469151457800
000000383173264339389443502166231474463581675532096500
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2980
Owner: coppermania
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 2588
Owner: Coinbuf
 
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