Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 26,380,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1925 S 1C MS obverse 1925 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite a fairly substantial mintage, 1925-S cents of desirable quality are quite scarce. Worn examples are quite common from widespread hoarding during the 1930s-50s, and Mint State pieces of so-so quality are likewise available. Fully red gems are very rare and tend to be much darker in shade than Philadelphia Mint cents.

This issue is perhaps not quite as hard to find with a decent strike as its Denver Mint cousin, but the typical 1925-S cent is mushy on one or both sides. The dies were used way too long and may have been improperly hardened, as well, but the result was coins having blurry and grossly distorted features.

A very minor doubled-die obverse variety is known for this issue but holds little interest. More popular are two repunched mintmark varieties recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1925 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.60 1.40 1.60 8.90 18.50 31.00 32.00 40.50 60.00 120 160 200 250 410 910 3950 - - - -
$ - - - 45.00 70.00 - - - 290 510 - - - -
1925 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 230 370 1350 4900 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 260 550 1700 - - - -
1925 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 350 550 5000 28000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 7000 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 543
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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: 6/25/2019 1925 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--4417122014192825112666349121----347
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---------------1------1
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Total--4417122014192825112666350121----348
 --1 %1 %5 %3 %6 %4 %5 %8 %7 %0 %3 %19 %18 %14 %3 %0 %---- 
1925 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1325556011-----155
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---------------2------2
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Total-----------1325556211-----157
 -----------1 %2 %16 %35 %39 %7 %----- 
1925 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------210263-----41
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Total-------------210263-----41
 -------------5 %24 %63 %7 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/8/2000 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1305, 1305/Lot# 1051 $392.40
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 333 $1,725.00
5/16/2005 NGC AU 53   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #39, 43/Lot# 47 $36.80
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3184 $2,585.00
7/27/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 208606 $864.60
11/16/2014 NGC MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131447/Lot# 27548 $101.05
7/17/2015 PCGS   Red Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 4106 $1,057.50
10/31/2016 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1241/Lot# 7131 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1925 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333941671151311552374235276207451028165834273655389342994734
33352050831201391822994585586628391238224835033734402844440
000000831201391822994585586628391238224835033734402800
000000991261472103614925897039341448283735793814416400
1925 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336612457612314316725845656568410282009378340284284455350075494
346823559213015119732449260579913552600386541134374470451690
0000009213015119732449260579913552600386541134374470400
00000010713615922839052964491316823192394641994463485600
1925 1C MS S Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6699165085135155183278489604908123933037317771581288559928010045
679112762102142164215348527705101819274641745078538272879995350
000000102142164215348527705101819274641745078538272879900
000000118148174246419566807112926155979758279908415904000
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1658
Owner: coppermania
 
Grade: MS 61 BN
Points: 527
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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