Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 22,510,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1916 S 1C MS obverse 1916 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1916 was the first year in which the San Francisco Mint produced a large number of cents, and survivors are thus more plentiful than for earlier dates. Circulated pieces are available across all grades, while Mint State specimens are fairly plentiful in any grade short of fully red gem. This issue is frustratingly rare with full, original color.

Poorly struck coins are the exception. While most will show some die erosion, there are a fairly large number of amazingly sharp survivors that rival the proofs of this date in their wealth of detail. The coin illustrated falls short of this perfection, but it still has a pleasing look.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/29/2019

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1916 S 1C MS BN
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Base $ 2.25 2.75 5.25 7.50 35.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 80.00 100.00 115 135 220 430 1000 2200 - - - -
$ - - - 65.00 85.00 - 120 140 240 500 1300 - - -
1916 S 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 160 190 285 660 1475 2550 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 335 800 1700 - - -
1916 S 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 280 635 1650 9650 25000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 325 1075 2850 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 916
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
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: 4/13/2021 1916 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-56116023291217377111160113101404----601
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Total-56116023291217377211160113101404----602
 -1%1%2%10%4%5%2%3%6%12%0%2%10%19%17%7%1%---- 
1916 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2--1875120553----273
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Total----------2--1875120553----273
 ----------1%--7%27%44%20%1%---- 
1916 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------72951----42
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Total--------------72951----42
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6691228941431832012302823663954506631036170725852770296532973656
671017501101561892112473103764135217871260200026472835307634173839
0000001561892112473103764135217871260200026472835307600
0000001701952202653383854325929121483229227082900318600
1916 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base991216371021592012202483043955275977931345210627812976318235313908
9101323591211732072292673344395506629771599233128463045329836574103
0000001732072292673344395506629771599233128463045329800
00000018721423928536548357472811611852255629113113341500
1916 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121216204111517122024127233042656578313152233508274317834825289559700
1213172766134187227251291362472638960162131835865756579738486920310185
00000018722725129136247263896016213183586575657973848600
000000204234262311394519710113819274132664877008113872100
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2106
Owner: Coinbuf
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2106
Owner: wheat'swheats
 
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