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: 12/16/2019

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1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 90.00 100.00 115 140 175 200 220 240 275 300 315 340 375 450 650 1100 - - - -
$ 185 - - - 285 - - - 400 475 - - - -
1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 310 325 350 425 500 675 1230 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 600 775 - - -
1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 375 415 530 735 1200 3000 30000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 385 450 600 875 1900 5000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4801
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-13347163010451841915054112125-3510310296203----3354
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--------------11------2
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Total-13347163010451841915054112125-3510310397203----3356
 -4%14%19%31%5%6%1%2%3%4%-1%3%3%3%1%0%---- 
1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3-246204374189171---836
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--------------123-----6
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Total----------3-246205376192171---842
 ----------0%-0%5%24%45%23%2%0%--- 
1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------330239237939---611
-----------------1----1
---------------1451---11
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Total-------------3302402419910---623
 -------------0%5%39%39%16%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3043363664234896537057457747938208568749089581066122617991941209123472627
3153463854455446707187557808028328628859259941119141718461991217624402758
0000007187557808028328628859259941119141718461991217600
00000073276478781184486889794110301173160818942041226200
1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36640943750257576478380282085687489192597410661252145019072055221224802771
380418459526638770789808832862880902941100511281318160219562107230125772910
000000789808832862880902941100511281318160219562107230100
000000796814844868885914958103511901384175520062160239100
1909 S LINCOLN 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base42346350257566382083885687489190892594910131179143321243783941598941069611545
436476526604715826844862880897914933970106812641663267756609575101611097912122
0000008448628808979149339701068126416632677566095751016100
0000008508688859029199419921124134818943230753897341042900
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 9415
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 3783
Owner: AKSHCC
 
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