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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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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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1915 S 1C MS BN
  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 RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 275 465 850 2100 3900 7500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1100 2600 4500 - - -
1915 S 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 600 1300 3300 7500 30000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1700 4900 14750 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 855
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, 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: 5/4/2021 1915 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1105376177354416172556-9445149213----687
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---------------1------1
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Total1105376177354416172556-9445150213----688
 0%1%8%11%26%5%6%2%2%4%8%-1%6%7%7%3%0%---- 
1915 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------82764332----134
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---------------1------1
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Total-------------82765332----135
 -------------6%20%48%24%1%---- 
1915 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1318102----34
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Total-------------1318102----34
 -------------3%9%53%29%6%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5963819812725533640945050258663167494912391531246432383457368640754494
606987108170282360423467530601645766104613361842272233113533381642154719
000000360423467530601645766104613361842272233113533381600
000000385436485558616660857114214342153298033843610394500
1915 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base677289106139278363439484539629674774108815582525340645654847514156376169
697895117185306388454502569644707879124518802819379246594945530658146477
000000388454502569644707879124518802819379246594945530600
000000414469521599659741983140122033112417947535043547200
1915 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7681981191513013894715196006727218261271196931495158796083838823956110343
78871051302013304164875466246887569741504236238196092810185309069982210860
000000416487546624688756974150423623819609281018530906900
0000004445035736487057911123173627564488702682428676931500
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 7960
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 2525
Owner: pestrele
 
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Disclaimer: The auction prices realized listed in the NGC Auction Central are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. The auction data listed by NGC may occasionally contain typographical or input errors that can result in incorrect prices realized appearing on the NGC website. Therefore, the prices realized listed in NGC Auction Central are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and facts that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and – when appropriate – expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Auction Central. By using the NGC Auction Central, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the NGC Auction Central.