Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 32,620,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1917 S 1C MS obverse 1917 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As it did at the other mints, cent production rose dramatically at San Francisco in 1917. Due to the hoarding of S-Mint cents that collectors pursued for decades, moderately worn examples of this issue are quite common as compared to its Denver cousin. Mint State coins are not rare, except with full red color, which is seldom seen.

There are fewer sharply struck examples of this date than for 1915-S and 1916-S, as the mint struggled to make its production numbers. The coin illustrated is a truly exceptional specimen in that it is both sharply struck from fresh dies and blessed with much original red. It also displays the old style mintmark of 1909-16, while the vast majority of 1917-S cents have the new mintmark introduced this year and used almost universally through 1941.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/18/2019

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1917 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.75 1.00 2.00 8.00 17.00 30.00 38.00 50.00 65.00 80.00 95.00 115 180 280 925 2100 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 135 220 365 - 7200 - -
1917 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 125 190 375 550 1650 3700 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 425 700 2000 - - -
1917 S 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 375 1250 2100 13750 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 450 1600 3200 27000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 513
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1917 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-15522118510182811541515913-1---294
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Total-15522118510182811541515913-1---294
 -0 %2 %2 %7 %4 %3 %2 %3 %6 %10 %0 %5 %14 %17 %20 %4 %-0 %--- 
1917 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------2196392211----198
----------------1-----1
--------------11------2
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Total------------2196493221----201
 ------------1 %9 %32 %46 %11 %0 %---- 
1917 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------3162-----21
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Total--------------3162-----21
 --------------14 %76 %10 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/7/1996 NGC MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 0865, 865/Lot# 1037 $185.30
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 286 $2,990.00
10/29/2009 NGC MS 62   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 423, 429/Lot# 5071 $89.70
2/21/2010 PCGS AU 58   Brown Teletrade Auction 2814, 2814/Lot# 1083 $103.50
4/29/2012 NGC AU 50   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/29/2012, 20/Lot# 47513 $35.00
5/19/2013 PCGS MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131322/Lot# 26017 $246.75
3/27/2015 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5207 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333363763115147220265320336395631802177619162065222224912783
33341646801261712352833253564746881127182319662117231225880
000000801261712352833253564746881127182319662117231200
000000981361962503023313755527451451186920152170240100
1917 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3366941721271592412853454375979491206223333243546378041774603
346720519013818625630537649071410351548259733983624391243190
0000009013818625630537649071410351548259733983624391200
00000010914821427032540654483211201891296034723702404500
1917 1C MS S Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base669912458113917126230837244294919282525587962186571693975588216
679102357100150201277329395611127521273643599263366694714577770
000000100150201277329395611127521273643599263366694714500
000000120160232293351419780160223264761610564536816735200
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1776
Owner: Coinbuf
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1776
Owner: wheat'swheats
 
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