Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 866,000
Catalog: KM-132
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
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1931 S 1C MS obverse 1931 S 1C MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This issue has been a key coin in the Lincoln series since its inception, and examples were always extremely difficult to locate in circulation.

Nearly the entire mintage was produced early in 1931 before the demand for additional cents simply evaporated. Most pieces remained unissued until 1935, at which time dealers and speculators were waiting to scoop them up by the roll and the bag.

Due to this unusual pattern of distribution, 1931-S cents are fairly plentiful in Mint State while being rare in worn condition. Ones grading less than Very Fine are genuinely rare. This accounts for the very small spread in value from Good though the lower Mint State grades. Fully red examples are plentiful, though they seem to suffer from spotting and staining. At the gem level, this issue is scarce. Most 1931-S cents are reasonably well struck, but they seldom are found fully struck from fresh dies.

This issue has been widely faked by adding an S mintmark to a 1931(P) cent or by altering the date on a genuine S-Mint cent of some other date in the 1930s. Most of these alterations are easily detected, but collectors should seek a certified coin for peace of mind.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/30/2015

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1931 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 95.00 98.00 105 115 125 135 145 150 155 170 185 200 250 300 525 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 195 210 265 350 - - -
1931 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 190 200 215 270 375 775 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 300 450 - - -
1931 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 220 250 350 775 2350 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 275 400 1150 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4552
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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9/1/2015 MS 64  Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131535/Lot# 21419


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11/13/2008 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 300, 306/Lot# 5072 $345.00
12/26/2010 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 211011/Lot# 20013 $195.50
10/2/2011 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 3147, 3147/Lot# 1094 $130.00
6/17/2012 NGC AU 58   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/17/2012, 27/Lot# 54867 $119.90
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 40   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24263 $88.13
5/12/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/12/2013, 74/Lot# 115019 $606.10
3/16/2014 PCGS AU 50   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 158387 $90.20
5/18/2014 NGC F 15   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131421/Lot# 20046 $57.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 579 $529.00
6/21/2015 NGC VF 35   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131526/Lot# 29375 $69.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1931 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33635136038140943744546348950251553953758662072582011731276138615762292
34135436739041844045147249350652353955359765575793812071313144918150
00000045147249350652353955359765575793812071313144900
000000457480498511531539570609690788105512421349151300
1931 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base30832033635136638139541242944846648454662065376494914771600173019542787
312325341356371386401418435454472505571631690826112515181643180522320
000000401418435454472505571631690826112515181643180500
000000406423442460478525595642727887130115591687187900
1931 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base311323339351366384398415431450466487549663725908147726712861306034004635
3153283433563723894044204374554735085876847861098187527342927317338120
0000004044204374554735085876847861098187527342927317300
0000004094264444614805286257048471287227327982994328700
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 2671
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 1477
Owner: D.M. Russo
 
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