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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1920 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.40 0.70 2.35 9.00 21.60 32.00 37.00 42.50 78.00 115 120 150 220 470 1150 2050 - - - -
$ - - - 50.00 87.50 - 125 155 250 525 - - - -
1920 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 240 375 975 3000 8500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 265 400 1250 4350 - - -
1920 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 385 975 1750 55000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 440 1150 3750 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 564
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: 8/20/2019 1920 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-32318152013112843-760594592----338
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Total-32318152013112843-760594592----338
 -1 %1 %1 %5 %4 %6 %4 %3 %8 %13 %-2 %18 %17 %13 %3 %1 %---- 
1920 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------296070181----178
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Total-------------296070181----178
 -------------16 %34 %39 %10 %1 %---- 
1920 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1102710-----48
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Total-------------1102810-----49
 -------------2 %20 %57 %20 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/13/2005 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #42, 46/Lot# 32 $391.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1371 $1,897.50
4/17/2011 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/17/2011, 111/Lot# 7548 $15.00
8/19/2012 PCGS MS 62   Brown Teletrade Auction 3331, 3331/Lot# 1040 $150.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24237 $49.35
3/9/2014 PCGS MS 61   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131411/Lot# 20047 $90.00
5/10/2015 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131520/Lot# 25040 $282.00
6/8/2017 PCGS MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7095 $646.25
7/6/2017 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2017 July 6 - 9 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1257/Lot# 7101 $675.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333641891391511752983814234896631095184324952676286531903539
333418571061431592163263954455478071344206025552739297333060
0000001061431592163263954455478071344206025552739297300
0000001221471672573534094676059511594227826162802308200
1920 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3366945981511631903204094567059491683300948175109541559316483
3467216311615517223335042553978611942125361249145211558761150
00000011615517223335042553978611942125361249145211558700
00000013315918127737944062286814382567421450125313575900
1920 1C MS S 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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