Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 46,220,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1920 S 1C MS obverse 1920 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It's hard to imagine how a mintage of 46 million cents could leave us with so few gems, but this is certainly the case for 1920-S. The vast majority of Mint State survivors are poorly struck from overused dies and reveal little or no red color. Those that are certified as MS RD typically have a subdued shade of red, rather than the flashy color associated with P-Mint Lincolns. The specimen illustrated, though it has a moderately worn reverse die, is about as nice as they come.

This issue was widely hoarded from the mid 1930s onward, until the last examples were found in the early 1960s. 1920-S cents are thus quite common in grades of Fine and lower.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/22/2017

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1920 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.40 0.65 1.45 2.30 10.50 34.00 37.00 42.50 77.50 105 120 145 220 470 1150 2050 - - - -
$ - - - 50.00 87.50 - 125 155 250 525 - - - -
1920 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 240 375 975 3000 8500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 265 400 1250 4350 - - -
1920 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 385 925 2150 55000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 440 1150 3750 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 528
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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1/27/1997 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 0914, 914/Lot# 1051 $844.75
5/25/2002 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22061, 22061/Lot# 11029 $138.00
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 302 $322.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10271 $96.60
9/6/2012 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3541 $8,812.50
1/27/2013 PCGS XF 40   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/27/2013, 59/Lot# 94581 $18.00
3/21/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(3), 1198/Lot# 11080 $763.75
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 723 $775.00
10/30/2016 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131645/Lot# 25087 $199.75
4/4/2017 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1253/Lot# 17161 $822.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333641891391511752983814234896631095184324952676286531903539
333418571061431592163263954455478071344206025552739297333060
0000001061431592163263954455478071344206025552739297300
0000001221471672573534094676059511594227826162802308200
1920 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3366945981511631903204094567059491683300948175109541559316483
3467216311615517223335042553978611942125361249145211558761150
00000011615517223335042553978611942125361249145211558700
00000013315918127737944062286814382567421450125313575900
1920 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base669912501061631792053454394899661634255599181041610932114671236013305
67910256912516818825237645664811891941500910084105881111011765126750
0000001251681882523764566481189194150091008410588111101176500
0000001441741962984084728071411224874641025010760112891206200
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 3009
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 3009
Owner: wheat'swheats
 
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