Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 15,274,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1921 S 1C MS obverse 1921 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Fully red gems of this issue are extremely rare, though Mint State examples of so-so quality are not hard to find. The coin illustrated has an exceptionally sharp obverse from a fresh die, while its reverse reveals the effects of overuse (since reverse dies carried no date, they did not have to be discarded at the end of each year, but instead were used until they failed completely).

This date was widely hoarded from circulation starting in the mid 1930s, so well worn examples are more common than their relatively low mintage would suggest. Some are difficult to attribute as 1921-S cents, since the mintmark was shallowly punched on one or more obverse dies this year.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/6/2014

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1921 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.75 2.75 3.85 6.50 37.50 65.00 70.00 85.00 105 120 140 165 230 415 850 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 190 265 450 - - - -
1921 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 140 165 245 390 725 1275 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 430 875 - - - -
1921 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 700 1250 2450 13500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1575 4150 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 753
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 304 $1,955.00
4/21/2010 PCGS XF 40   Brown Teletrade Auction 2842, 2842/Lot# 1043 $29.00
12/8/2011 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7443 $247.25
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1509 $3,277.50
4/6/2014 PCGS MS 63   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 798, 807/Lot# 1057 $205.00
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 62   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 203147 $143.00
4/3/2016 PCGS MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131615/Lot# 23464 $111.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66912241552202552723203814234775396841013155816861820196322092476
671016681772322612883403954414985877941195160117311868204522980
0000002322612883403954414985877941195160117311868204500
0000002432663043614094595186369031376164317751915212700
1921 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base991216281712412782953484094775397159741421194920992258242627123023
91013207619425328431336843249859880111231597199921522314252128160
00000025328431336843249859880111231597199921522314252100
00000026628933038945451865688812721773204922052370261700
1921 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1212162037186262301317375439512579139319282727583661736524689075068161
1213172687211275306336396463534850157121943763594862906646709577240
000000275306336396463534850157121943763594862906646709500
0000002883123564184885571122175024614800606164076768730100
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 1949
Owner: coppermania
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1558
Owner: Coinbuf
 
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