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: 8/29/2019

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1920 S 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.50 0.75 2.50 10.00 22.00 34.00 40.00 45.00 77.50 105 120 145 220 470 1150 2050 - - - -
$ - - - 50.00 90.00 - 125 155 250 525 - - - -
1920 S 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 240 375 975 3000 8500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 265 400 1250 4350 - - -
1920 S 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 385 925 2150 55000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 440 1150 3750 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 597
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: 4/20/2021 1920 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-82519152413113048-7626244113----364
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Total-82519152413113048-7626244113----364
 -2%1%1%5%4%7%4%3%8%13%-2%17%17%12%3%1%---- 
1920 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------326571181----187
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Total-------------326571181----187
 -------------17%35%38%10%1%---- 
1920 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------192610-----46
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Total-------------192710-----47
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333641891391511752983814234896631095184324952676286531903539
333418571061431592163263954455478071344206025552739297333063716
0000001061431592163263954455478071344206025552739297300
0000001221471672573534094676059511594227826162802308200
1920 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3366945981511631903204094567059491683300948175109541559316483
3467216311615517223335042553978611942125361249145211558761156807
00000011615517223335042553978611942125361249145211558700
00000013315918127737944062286814382567421450125313575900
1920 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base669912501061631792053454394899661634255599181041610932114671236013305
679102569125168188252376456648118919415009100841058811110117651267513970
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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