Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,825,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS obverse 1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Always treated as a poor relation to its predecessor having the initials V.D.B., the 1909-S cent without initial is actually much more challenging to find across all Mint State grades. Though almost four times as many of this revised variety were coined, it was not until the 1930s that there was much interest in collecting Lincoln Cents. Only then did prices for the 1909-S begin to advance.

Two repunched mintmark varieties are recognized by NGC. That having letter S punched over a horizontal S is by far the more common, yet it has broader appeal than the scarce variety with both letters upright.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/29/2015

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1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 90.00 100.00 120 145 215 260 275 285 300 320 330 350 380 450 565 1100 - - - -
$ 225 - - - 310 - - - 400 490 - - - -
1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 340 360 390 450 585 750 1225 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 625 850 - - -
1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 375 415 530 735 1500 4900 47500 - - -
$ - - - - - - 385 450 600 875 1900 7650 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4178
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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4/24/2006 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 84, 89/Lot# 64 $1,955.00
4/18/2010 NGC F 12   Brown Teletrade Auction 2839, 2839/Lot# 1190 $74.75
9/2/2012 PCGS AU 58   Brown Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 834 $230.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30129 $411.25
7/28/2013 PCGS F 12   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131332/Lot# 26574 $91.00
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 171888 $330.00
  PCGS VF 25   Brown Bonhams $468.00
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3177 $822.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3043363664234896537057457747938208568749089581066122617991941209123472627
3153463854455446707187557808028328628859259941119141718461991217624400
0000007187557808028328628859259941119141718461991217600
00000073276478781184486889794110301173160818942041226200
1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36640943750257576478380282085687489192597410661252145019072055221224802771
380418459526638770789808832862880902941100511281318160219562107230125770
000000789808832862880902941100511281318160219562107230100
000000796814844868885914958103511901384175520062160239100
1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base42346350257566382083885687489190892594910131179143321243783941598941069611545
43647652660471582684486288089791493397010681264166326775660957510161109790
0000008448628808979149339701068126416632677566095751016100
0000008508688859029199419921124134818943230753897341042900
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 9415
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 1799
Owner: coppermania
 
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