Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 112,940,000
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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1940 S 1C MS obverse 1940 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While the Census data reveal a large number of certified gems, collectors will want to be picky in selecting the right coin. Many 1940-S cents were coined with worn dies displaying very distorted features. The San Francisco Mint was pushed to its limit during the year supplying coins outside of its usual territory: "...163 tons of San Francisco Mint coins were delivered to the Federal Reserve Bank [of Chicago] during November. A sizable fleet of express trucks was required to deliver the coins. It is believed that this is the first time that 'S' mint coins have been brought as far east as Chicago for distribution."

A very distinct repunched mintmark variety for 1940-S is recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service. Several lesser ones are not recognized at this time.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/19/2014

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1940 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 0.07 0.10 0.25 0.40 0.60 0.90 1.00 1.10 1.40 2.15 2.75 3.50 6.00 10.50 17.00 32.50 - - -
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1940 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 4.75 8.75 15.00 27.00 52.50 - - -
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1940 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 7.00 13.00 25.00 50.00 350 9750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2530
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/28/1997 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 0949, 949/Lot# 1062 $29.75
1/14/2007 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #67013, 67013/Lot# 24147 $31.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 67   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1389 $506.00
7/4/2011 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 598, 605/Lot# 4133 $22.00
7/29/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 3319, 3319/Lot# 1082 $15.00
12/9/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 88388 $25.00
7/26/2015 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131531/Lot# 21059 $193.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1940 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1940 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333122850111212237288505
333333333333361735701452202543600
0000003333333617357014522025400
0000003333333923439117822927100
1940 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333334567201908510455987360
3333333333333317521124372307526961850
0000003333333317521124372307526900
0000003333333331601566723705543300
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 908
Owner: 66RB
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 908
Owner: Bob Corsini
 
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