Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 81,735,000
Catalog: KM-A132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1948 S 1C MS obverse 1948 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1948-S cents typically display poor details from worn and/or overly polished dies. The example illustrated is thus exceptional. The relatively high certified population in MS 67 RD may be explained by the dazzling luster that results from worn dies and the tendency of such surfaces to resist or simply hide contact marks.

The San Francisco Mint during this period kept dies in the press until they were severely eroded and their fields furrowed. Then the dies were heavily repolished, making them prooflike for a brief time but also leaving them without the shallow features of the design and with distorted peripheral lettering.

Nearly the entire mintage of 1948-S cents was effected from January through June, this being the only denomination coined at the SFM during those months, with the exception of the annual run of Booker T. Washington Halves. An additional production of cents came in December, when 135,000 more were produced to meet the usual holiday shopping rush.

Only minor varieties are known for this issue, including several repunched mintmarks that are difficult to discern.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/20/2014

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1948 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.10 0.13 0.13 0.15 0.16 0.20 0.25 0.90 1.05 1.25 1.65 2.75 6.50 11.50 23.50 - - -
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1948 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.00 4.50 10.50 16.50 37.00 - - -
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1948 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.50 20.00 32.00 235 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2458
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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10/28/2014 MS 67  Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131443/Lot# 27368


Auction Prices Realized

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5/1/1996 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 0837, 837/Lot# 198 $32.75
5/25/2002 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22113, 22113/Lot# 15164 $16.00
6/28/2004 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #9, 13/Lot# 22 $12.65
3/1/2009 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 2659, 2659/Lot# 2951 $86.25
6/29/2011 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 3093, 3093/Lot# 1143 $20.00
12/30/2012 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/30/2012, 55/Lot# 78518 $30.00
2/16/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 170345 $20.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7413 $164.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1948 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661024461664938100
00000066666666610244616649300
00000066666666615286125763900
1948 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333333123763143163186212
3333333333333362045891491701940
00000033333333620458914917000
000000333333339285411615617800
1948 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333332463123453130314151533
33333333333333103783233736134014540
00000033333333103783233736134000
0000003333333317501033431019137700
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 774
Owner: JD Roselle Park
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 453
Owner: Rick's Keepers
 
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