Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 34,680,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1918 S 1C MS obverse 1918 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is another issue that enjoyed a generous mintage but is nonetheless rare in fully red, gem condition. Most 1918-S cents were less than sharply struck, with the reverse dies being particularly subject to extreme wear. This is because they were undated and could thus be retained from one year to another until they failed altogether.

1918-S cents were widely hoarded in low grades from the 1930s through the 1950s, and their modest values even today reflect this abundance. Examples in the higher circulated grades are a bit scarce and command greater premiums.

All S-Mint cents dated 1918-40 have the mintmark style introduced in 1917, with the sole exception of some 1928-S cents made late in that year with a much larger mintmark.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/29/2019

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1918 S 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.35 1.25 2.75 9.00 19.00 30.00 38.00 55.00 75.00 100.00 110 145 250 360 1350 3400 - - - -
$ - - - 62.00 80.00 - 115 155 275 450 - - - -
1918 S 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 135 215 305 675 1550 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 345 925 - - - -
1918 S 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 300 625 2650 12500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 335 800 3500 15000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 653
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 1918 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-133318258142846114597867162----404
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Total-133318258142846114597867162----404
 -0%1%1%8%2%6%2%3%7%11%0%3%15%19%17%4%0%---- 
1918 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------21-1251107392----214
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-----------------1----1
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Total----------21-1251107393----215
 ----------1%0%-6%24%50%18%1%---- 
1918 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------17216-----35
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Total-------------17216-----35
 -------------3%20%60%17%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333694585123155230288366395489725925200931943410363840234438
33472158981341802493143764265687921286240432663486376641614660
000000981341802493143764265687921286240432663486376600
0000001101442052693403854586468581648279933383562389500
1918 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36691250941351712483113954636538291363216133403564379941974625
46710256510814719726933941852671210071629255434153642393243404856
00000010814719726933941852671210071629255434153642393200
00000012115922229036744059077011851895294734893721406400
1918 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base69912165410214718626833642649782013032834565659866329668772897930
791013297011716021329136645060598118133775576661006448688875038327
00000011716021329136645060598118133775576661006448688800
000000132173241313396473712114223244715587662156568708800
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Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 3194
Owner: Coinbuf
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2161
Owner: Just coins
 
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