Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 198,100,000
Catalog: KM-A132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Brass
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1946 S 1C MS obverse 1946 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With a high mintage for a San Francisco Mint coin and the usual hoarding of S-Mint cents by collectors and speculators, this issue is quite plentiful in Mint State grades. Even gems are only slightly scarce, though the more astute collector will want to hold out for one which is fully struck from fresh dies.

These are surprisingly difficult to locate, as the San Francisco Mint in the late 1940s was very budget minded and ran the dies way too long. When the dies became too worn, they were refinished to restore their smooth fields, but this resulted in the loss of all shallow design features. For example, the lapel of Lincoln's coat is partially effaced on the specimen illustrated.

Numerous repunched mintmark varieties have been recorded for 1946-S cents, but by far the most desirable variety is the S/D overmintmark, FS-511.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/20/2014

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1946 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 0.05 0.08 0.09 0.12 0.15 0.16 0.17 0.18 0.23 0.40 1.20 1.50 1.85 6.50 12.50 28.00 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1946 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 3.25 5.25 8.50 17.50 45.00 - - -
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1946 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 11.50 19.00 37.50 700 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 65.00 6000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4160
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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11/29/2004 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 1968, 1968/Lot# 2094 $132.00
10/24/2005 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #59, 64/Lot# 46 $19.55
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 67   Red Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2368 $575.00
11/11/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/11/2012, 48/Lot# 76464 $28.00
5/19/2013 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 108055 $21.00
9/15/2013 NGC MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131339/Lot# 20475 $18.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7411 $411.25
9/7/2014 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 101303 $22.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1946 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1946 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333339163272183209230412
333333333333351121451091922162910
0000003333333511214510919221600
0000003333333714275914620022300
1946 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333345761551531165718432643
3333333333333317551026141573171921100
0000003333333317551026141573171900
00000033333333316612910721615178100
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1573
Owner: lazeroo
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1531
Owner: AYA3
 
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