Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,026,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1911 S 1C MS obverse 1911 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The low mintage of cents at San Francisco in 1911 attracted no attention at that time, but the collecting of current coins grew in popularity during the 1930s and revealed just how few pieces could still be found in circulation. Mint State coins were always quite scarce, with fully red gems being exceedingly so.

Sharp examples are not that hard to find, but more typical are coins having worn and cracked dies. U. S. Mint budget cuts that began in 1910 really took their toll, as the three active minting facilities overused their dies to remain within their allotments.

A single repunched mintmark variety is recognized by NGC for this date, and it is quite scarce.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1911 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 45.00 55.00 62.00 69.00 74.00 115 130 155 175 190 220 240 325 415 1020 1250 - - - -
$ 80.00 - 135 165 185 - 225 260 350 500 - - - -
1911 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 220 240 285 435 585 1430 3500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 435 750 2600 - - -
1911 S 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 325 550 900 3200 21500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1250 4750 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1265
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/11/2019 1911 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-35946824054652635546711443686215-----941
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Total-35946824054652635546711443686215-----941
 -4 %10 %7 %26 %6 %7 %3 %4 %6 %7 %0 %1 %5 %7 %7 %2 %----- 
1911 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------22145125604----257
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Total------------22145125604----257
 ------------1 %8 %18 %49 %23 %2 %---- 
1911 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1233247----67
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---------------1------1
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Total-------------1234247----68
 -------------1 %3 %50 %35 %10 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/3/2001 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2001 October Long Beach Signature Sale #271, 271/Lot# 5570 $299.00
1/7/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 4597 $6,612.50
2/20/2005 NGC MS 64   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 70 $604.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 63   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 77 $173.65
4/26/2010 PCGS XF 40   Brown Teletrade Auction 2844, 2844/Lot# 1171 $74.75
1/1/2013 PCGS AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14207 $112.80
8/31/2014 NGC VF 35   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 171891 $50.00
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1227/Lot# 7129 $793.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1911 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1631832012202372552884094505155636206637058741013147719282078223525052798
1701892072262432663284234725315826346777619201168162719782130232526030
0000003284234725315826346777619201168162719782130232500
0000003694364935476016496918189671322177820282183241500
1911 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1792012202412582783144394845515976637057939971271206832383457368640754494
18620722724726529035645450656661967773486110881537245833113533381642150
00000035645450656661967773486110881537245833113533381600
00000039746952958264169176492911801802284833843610394500
1911 1C MS S Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19422024426228230133947151959164070974986511381609310370147400780184759192
20322825026928831438348754360766372278895612952107440771437534802687140
00000038348754360766372278895612952107440771437534802600
000000427503567624686736826104714522605571072717667825000
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 7014
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2068
Owner: Coinbuf
 
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