Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 17,266,000
Catalog: KM-132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1928 S 1C MS obverse 1928 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1928-S cents were widely hoarded from circulation, with the result that ones grading VF and lower are quite common. Mint State survivors are moderately scarce across all grades, but a few rolls survived long enough to be saved when the hoarded of uncirculated rolls began to catch on in the mid 1930s.

Fully red gems are quite rare, due to a combination of toning, spotting and less than satisfying strikes. As is seemingly always true of copper/bronze coins, the most sharply struck examples tend to tone more readily than the mushy ones, and the surviving population of 1928-S cents adheres to this pattern.

Late in the year 1928, dies for the cent, dime, quarter dollar and half dollar were shipped to San Francisco bearing a large, heavy mintmark of a style not seen in decades. Circulated 1928 Large S cents are slightly scarce, while Mint State pieces are very scarce and carry a substantial premium. The common, Small S variety is illustrated.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/8/2014

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1928 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 0.90 1.40 2.40 3.50 9.00 25.00 27.00 34.00 47.00 72.00 80.00 160 195 350 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 100.00 185 225 - - - -
1928 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 110 150 265 460 1400 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 300 625 - - - -
1928 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 160 335 875 5500 31650 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 185 400 1150 8450 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 347
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 65


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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 342 $242.00
9/20/2009 PCGS MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 2747, 2747/Lot# 1145 $138.00
7/4/2011 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 598, 605/Lot# 4728 $1,265.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(2), 1173/Lot# 3721 $4,993.75
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7572 $223.25
10/6/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 141420 $8.00
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1218 $2,056.25
11/2/2014 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131445/Lot# 23079 $381.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1928 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33361232981021111391902651553045276099089941085118213511994
334819549910512015621526520537855470993710241117123815650
0000009910512015621526520537855470993710241117123800
00000010110813017324026525445358280896510551150129500
1928 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base981021111151231271351431471551631752015027541081204822052370254328403926
991051121181241301381441501581671843015868631403210022602428264232020
0000001381441501581671843015868631403210022602428264200
0000001401461521601711924026709721726215323152485274100
1928 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14715516317118319019820922023024125128852788215833984812085508996974412364
150158166175185193202213223234244263368645111623835363826386999245106170
00000020221322323424426336864511162383536382638699924500
00000020521622723724827644776413493184674184078847949500
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Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1081
Owner: M. WHEAT
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 908
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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