Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,833,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1915 S 1C MS obverse 1915 S 1C MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This low-mintage cent is scarce in all circulated grades, while Mint State examples are particularly elusive. Most such coins are reasonably well struck, the example illustrated being fairly representative. A few are exceptionally sharp, mimicking the appearance of proofs.

Coins having full red color that is original and not the result of a chemical dipping are very rare. It is essential to purchase MS RD coins that have been certified by a major grading service, as so many unworn examples have non-original color. This practice was at one time common and acceptable, but today's buyers are far more discriminating.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/27/2015

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1915 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.50 19.50 23.50 31.00 65.00 115 130 150 185 205 225 375 575 825 2000 3500 - - - -
$ 70.00 - - 165 195 - 250 400 600 1050 2300 - - -
1915 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 275 465 850 2100 3900 7500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1100 2600 4500 - - -
1915 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 600 1300 3300 10000 30000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1700 4900 14750 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 701
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/1/1997 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 0985, 985/Lot# 1051 $261.60
9/6/2004 NGC MS 66   Brown Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 332 $1,150.00
3/17/2011 NGC MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3118 $1,725.00
3/11/2012 NGC AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/11/2012, 12/Lot# 38415 $121.00
6/2/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 754, 763/Lot# 36 $2,700.00
7/11/2014 PCGS XF 45   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20054 $79.90
7/11/2014 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5266 $851.88
12/18/2016 PCGS AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131652/Lot# 27848 $141.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5963819812725533640945050258663167494912391531246432383457368640754494
606987108170282360423467530601645766104613361842272233113533381642150
000000360423467530601645766104613361842272233113533381600
000000385436485558616660857114214342153298033843610394500
1915 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base677289106139278363439484539629674774108815582525340645654847514156376169
697895117185306388454502569644707879124518802819379246594945530658140
000000388454502569644707879124518802819379246594945530600
000000414469521599659741983140122033112417947535043547200
1915 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7681981191513013894715196006727218261271196931495158796083838823956110343
7887105130201330416487546624688756974150423623819609281018530906998220
000000416487546624688756974150423623819609281018530906900
0000004445035736487057911123173627564488702682428676931500
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Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1531
Owner: rlm's cents
 
Grade: MS 63 BN
Points: 1239
Owner: PGUA57
 
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