Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 8,700,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1923 S 1C MS obverse 1923 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

It was not until the final quarter of 1923 that the San Francisco Mint's existing stock of earlier cents was drawn down to the point that additional pieces were needed.

Most 1923-S cents were coined from worn dies that displayed incomplete or distorted details. The example illustrated is thus a pleasing exception. In some instances the mintmark is shallow, but this doesn't seem to be as big a problem as for 1921-S cents.

Survivors having full, original red color are extremely rare. This color is likely to be more brassy than coppery, and it may be marred by "woodgrain" toning streaks from incomplete mixing of the alloy.

Well worn examples are common from widespread hoarding that began with the arrival of coin boards in 1935 and lasted until this date essentially disappeared from circulation around 1960.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/13/2019

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1923 S 1C MS BN
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Base $ 2.75 3.75 5.00 28.00 42.00 79.00 95.00 130 200 230 265 315 485 650 1400 - - - - -
$ 50.00 90.00 100.00 150 225 - - - - 800 - - - -
1923 S 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 435 975 1700 3100 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1200 2400 - - - -
1923 S 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 460 1600 2850 29000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3300 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 517
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1923 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-458402835151827511123633322-----347
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Total-458402835151827511123633322-----347
 -1 %1 %2 %12 %8 %10 %4 %5 %8 %15 %0 %3 %10 %10 %9 %1 %----- 
1923 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------31213516120-----151
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---------------1------1
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Total----------31213516220-----152
 ----------2 %1 %1 %9 %34 %41 %13 %----- 
1923 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------13132-----19
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Total-------------13132-----19
 -------------5 %16 %68 %11 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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10/23/2006 NGC MS 61   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 110, 115/Lot# 77 $184.00
12/4/2008 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 467 $3,450.00
12/2/2009 PCGS AU 53   Brown Teletrade Auction 2779, 2779/Lot# 1051 $161.00
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 63   Red Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1186/Lot# 3732 $1,292.50
1/19/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 164976 $1,100.00
1/26/2014 NGC MS 64   Red Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 974 $1,468.75
3/6/2015 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 59 $3,525.00
6/6/2019 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2019 June 6 - 9 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1296/Lot# 3442 $1,320.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1923 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9912163218325532034545062068475484711171333204822052370254328403162
91013218220727732838050764170778593711891571210022602428264229470
00000027732838050764170778593711891571210022602428264200
000000298337415563663731816102712611810215323152485274100
1923 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1212162037201275348372484663731806104416832215305732663486371741094530
1213172692226299356409544686756885125718602496312733393563384842490
000000299356409544686756885125718602496312733393563384800
000000324364447603708781965147020382776319634133640397800
1923 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16162024412202983754015197097798581108208732387834825286879139989610698
161721301012463243844405827328059411434247147707973839788389391101630
000000324384440582732805941143424714770797383978838939100
0000003493924806467568321025176128546302811385428988964400
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 7834
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 3057
Owner: coppermania
 
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