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
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Base $ 0.05 0.08 0.09 0.12 0.15 0.15 0.16 0.17 0.18 0.23 0.35 0.40 1.20 1.50 1.85 6.50 12.50 28.00 - - -
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1946 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.25 5.25 8.50 17.50 45.00 - - -
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1946 S 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11.50 19.00 37.50 825 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 65.00 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3678
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67


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11/17/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 1963, 1963/Lot# 1066 $14.00
1/7/2006 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #66013, 66013/Lot# 23088 $21.00
10/22/2007 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 188, 194/Lot# 8046 $37.95
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 67   Red Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2368 $575.00
4/1/2013 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 3424, 3424/Lot# 1180 $82.25
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7411 $411.25
8/31/2014 NGC MS 67   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 213457 $75.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1946 S 1C MS Brown
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Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661024461664938100
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00000066666666615286125763900
1946 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333333162863179205230262
33333333333333720391011872132400
000000333333337203910118721300
0000003333333311245114019622100
1946 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333334581127463170718432276
33333333333333175796239877175219870
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0000003333333331691113511292179700
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 877
Owner: lazeroo
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 774
Owner: jacmitch
 
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