Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 52,070,000
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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1939 S 1C MS obverse 1939 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1939-S cents enjoyed a large mintage for a San Francisco coins of the 1930s, and they are thus fairly common in worn condition. Mint State pieces are likewise plentiful, though the quality of pieces certified as fully red gems may be disappointing to a collector seeking technical quality, as well. The dies for this issue frequently reveal blurry details and erosion lines from overuse.

The vast majority of 1939-S cents were coined during Fiscal Year 1940, which began July 1, 1939. The appropriation for the previous FY, which was based on the recession economy of 1937-38, was inadequate to meet the growing demand for cents, and the mint had to play catch up when new funding arrived July 1.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/19/2014

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1939 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.15 0.20 0.30 0.70 1.00 1.00 1.50 1.65 1.75 2.00 2.35 2.65 3.25 4.50 5.50 8.50 23.00 32.50 - - -
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1939 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 3.00 3.50 4.00 5.75 9.00 18.00 26.00 45.00 - - -
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1939 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 4.50 5.50 8.00 13.00 26.00 45.00 200 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1450 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3140
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67


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10/21/2014 MS 67  Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131442/Lot# 25078


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10/23/1996 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 0887, 887/Lot# 1093 $29.75
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 146 $120.75
7/17/2006 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 96, 101/Lot# 116 $66.70
1/9/2007 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #27013, 27013/Lot# 11119 $31.00
9/22/2008 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 285, 291/Lot# 103 $18.00
3/9/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 145918 $45.00
7/18/2014 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers IAuction 3491, 6042/Lot# 21029 $1,498.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333366912162472102119135155
333333333346710131840821071241410
0000003333467101318408210712400
0000003333568111421569211312900
1939 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333369924376785147167194220
3333333333479142847731051531762020
00000033334791428477310515317600
00000033335891932577912616018500
1939 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333312203263102147487113812391346
33333333333614244276117260704117112740
00000033333614244276117260704117100
00000033333917285289132373921120500
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 774
Owner: GGerald
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 487
Owner: Bob Corsini
 
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