Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 139,760,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1919 S 1C MS obverse 1919 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Cent production quadrupled at the San Francisco Mint from 1918 to 1919, which seems odd when viewed from today, as the war had already ended. All the conditions that it had set in motion, however, remained until a nationwide recession set in toward the end of 1920.

Despite the huge number of 1919-S cents issued, this date is rare in fully red, gem condition. The dies were used way beyond the point at which they would have been retired during the pre-war period, and there were in 1919 very few collectors of Lincoln Cents to preserve the best pieces. What has survived to the present day has done so randomly.

The San Francisco Mint went though 220 dies during Fiscal Year 1919, and it's clear from the resulting coins that more were needed.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1919 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.25 0.60 1.95 4.35 10.40 22.25 23.00 25.00 40.50 69.00 77.00 82.00 155 240 540 - - - - -
$ - - - - 45.00 - 77.50 95.00 180 275 650 - - -
1919 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 125 190 500 1350 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 140 225 615 1750 - - -
1919 S 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 180 390 1500 9500 55000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 225 575 2000 13500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 726
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: 8/13/2019 1919 S 1C MS Brown
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Base-46599174103247116939190161----451
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Total-46599174103247116939190161----451
 -1 %1 %1 %2 %2 %4 %1 %2 %7 %10 %0 %4 %21 %20 %20 %4 %0 %---- 
1919 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------4197510923-----230
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Total------------4197510923-----230
 ------------2 %8 %33 %47 %10 %----- 
1919 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1-102851----45
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Total------------1-102851----45
 ------------2 %-22 %62 %11 %2 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/18/1998 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 1998 Mid-Winter ANA Bullet Sale #183, 183/Lot# 70 $1,265.00
5/28/2003 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2003 May Long Beach Signature Sale #324, 324/Lot# 5348 $546.25
9/5/2005 NGC MS 63   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #52, 57/Lot# 33 $92.00
8/30/2009 PCGS XF 45   Brown Teletrade Auction 2738, 2738/Lot# 1056 $26.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1369 $1,495.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10261 $204.70
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 128532 $550.00
2/26/2017 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131710/Lot# 21045 $164.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1919 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333620598194102163237272314515705119312981409152717321957
33341133668597122188249286381578868122813351448159518070
000000668597122188249286381578868122813351448159500
0000007490991432122603004486421030126313721488166400
1919 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336692467891021151792582954375971138200921692335252528073126
3467143874931061362052703424907771428206222242398261929130
00000074931061362052703424907771428206222242398261900
00000082981111582322833905449581719211622802462271300
1919 1C MS S Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66991228769811512719427831757599021245049991810418109351179812711
67910174483104119149222291403713136830996672100851059011223121020
0000008310411914922229140371313683099667210085105901122300
0000009110912317225030448985217464074829510251107631151000
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1193
Owner: coppermania
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1138
Owner: Albert Huber
 
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