Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,550,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1926 S 1C MS obverse 1926 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint registered low mintage numbers for most denominations in 1926, and the reason for this is unknown. Perhaps that facility was undergoing some sort of renovations that year.

The typical 1926-S displays poor details from moderately to heavily worn dies on one of both sides. The coin illustrated is truly exceptional in that it was struck with fresh dies. Fully red examples, regardless of grade or strike, are very rare. Most such coins will have subdued shade of red that is nothing like the fiery color of a 1926(P) cent.

Well worn examples are common despite the low mintage, as collectors were attracted to this magical number and hoarded every example they could find from the mid 1930s through the 1950s. Pieces in the higher circulated grades are scarce and command good prices.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/12/2020

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1926 S 1C MS BN
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Base $ 9.50 9.00 11.50 15.00 30.00 70.00 72.00 90.00 140 270 350 385 525 1200 2900 - - - - -
$ 35.00 - - - 155 - - 400 675 1400 - - - -
1926 S 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 825 1150 2150 12500 23500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3250 - - - -
1926 S 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 900 1400 13500 130000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 47500 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1136
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
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 1926 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-5718146781205362687821648877912-----879
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Total-5718146781205362687821648877912-----879
 -1%1%2%17%9%14%6%7%8%9%0%2%5%10%9%1%----- 
1926 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------3073112312----248
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Total-------------3074112312----249
 -------------12%30%45%12%1%---- 
1926 S 1C MS RD
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Base--------1-----251-----9
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Total--------1-----251-----9
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base242832415912318323727233647776490896611731886296031653380360639884401
2529354780143201249293383573812927103514112244302832373455373341264621
000000201249293383573812927103514112244302832373455373300
000000219260315430668860947110416482602309733083531386100
1926 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2832374567135198258295363512815966153118432555565672587654806587569489
29344052901562182703184136138651154163520803589619073907791829590009963
0000002182703184136138651154163520803589619073907791829500
0000002382833404627149161343173923184622672475227928852600
1926 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base32374150761472162783173895498681027161724645747132811389914537151971629517452
343844591001702372913414426559211224189935588258134871411214757155631668118325
00000023729134144265592112241899355882581348714112147571556300
000000257304365496762974142021824653107701369314324149771592900
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 5656
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 2960
Owner: James Pulley
 
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