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: 6/21/2019

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1918 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.25 1.30 2.95 8.65 19.30 35.00 37.50 57.00 75.00 100.00 115 140 250 360 1350 3400 - - - -
$ - - - 62.50 80.00 - 115 155 275 450 - - - -
1918 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 135 215 305 675 1550 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 345 925 - - - -
1918 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 300 620 2650 12500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 335 800 3500 15000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 612
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: 6/25/2019 1918 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-122307226142743114547762152----379
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Total-122307226142743114547762152----379
 -0 %1 %1 %8 %2 %6 %2 %4 %7 %11 %0 %4 %14 %20 %16 %4 %1 %---- 
1918 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------21-124699392----201
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-----------------1----1
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Total----------21-124699393----202
 ----------1 %0 %-6 %23 %49 %19 %1 %---- 
1918 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------16196-----32
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Total-------------16196-----32
 -------------3 %19 %59 %19 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/25/1999 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 1999 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #210, 210/Lot# 46 $184.00
8/24/2008 PCGS MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 2575, 2575/Lot# 1023 $476.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7528 $345.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 656 $1,092.50
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 113080 $35.77
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 567 $460.00
11/30/2014 PCGS MS 62   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 832, 841/Lot# 513 $150.00
12/6/2015 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131550/Lot# 25538 $48.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333694585123155230288366395489725925200931943410363840234438
33472158981341802493143764265687921286240432663486376641610
000000981341802493143764265687921286240432663486376600
0000001101442052693403854586468581648279933383562389500
1918 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36691250941351712483113954636538291363216133403564379941974625
46710256510814719726933941852671210071629255434153642393243400
00000010814719726933941852671210071629255434153642393200
00000012115922229036744059077011851895294734893721406400
1918 1C MS S Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base69912165410214718626833642649782013032834565659866329668772897930
791013297011716021329136645060598118133775576661006448688875030
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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