Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,431,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1912 S 1C MS obverse 1912 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With its very low mintage for a 20th Century cent, 1912-S is scarce in all grades and genuinely rare in fully red gem condition. Examples in the higher circulated grades of VF-AU are seldom seen, and most pieces in lower grades are marred by damage or corrosion. As far back as the late 1930s, collectors were already reporting great difficulty in finding this issue in circulation.

Well struck 1912-S cents may be found within the surviving Mint State population, as the example illustrated clearly reveals. The reverse is more likely to show heavy die erosion, as these undated dies were used in succeeding years until they failed.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1912 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18.55 23.45 31.50 59.00 77.00 110 115 125 185 210 225 245 305 420 845 1600 - - - -
$ 85.00 - 120 135 195 - 230 260 325 475 1200 - - -
1912 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 240 285 340 625 1375 3250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 425 750 1800 - - -
1912 S 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 400 520 975 4300 21500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 625 1600 7800 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1001
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: 8/13/2019 1912 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-3473721152834142241641762624810-----687
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Total-3473721152834142241641762624910-----688
 -5 %11 %10 %17 %4 %5 %2 %3 %6 %9 %0 %1 %9 %9 %7 %1 %----- 
1912 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2--1876109333----241
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Total----------2--1876109333----241
 ----------1 %--7 %32 %45 %14 %1 %---- 
1912 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------941221----73
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Total--------------941221----73
 --------------12 %56 %30 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/26/2006 NGC MS 66   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 119, 124/Lot# 59 $1,380.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1817 $488.75
4/29/2012 NGC VF 30   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/29/2012, 20/Lot# 47507 $50.00
11/25/2012 NGC MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 3387, 3387/Lot# 1137 $437.00
1/20/2013 PCGS AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 92862 $161.70
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5250 $399.50
1/18/2015 PCGS MS 63   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131504/Lot# 27044 $352.50
7/6/2017 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2017 July 6 - 9 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1257/Lot# 3411 $1,057.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1912 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7681981151753043513954094375866426747158291028158321972362253528313152
78871041352183203664004184876056536887538951213178822522420263429380
0000003664004184876056536887538951213178822522420263400
0000003804044285366236637017919621398199223072477273200
1912 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base85891061271903303784264394716276657057939411303202931263340356339434352
869511314823734639443045052364067873484210621545239531973414369040790
00000039443045052364067873484210621545239531973414369000
00000041043546057565269276489211821787276032693489381600
1912 1C MS S Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base949811513920935440945647150767071175299011381928356470147400780184759192
95104123162257372425461483561684725831103914012473471471437534802687140
000000425461483561684725831103914012473471471437534802600
000000440466495616697738911108916653019586472717667825000
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2029
Owner: Coinbuf
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2029
Owner: Joshua Murphy
 
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