Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 17,266,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1928 S 1C MS obverse 1928 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1928-S cents were widely hoarded from circulation, with the result that ones grading VF and lower are quite common. Mint State survivors are moderately scarce across all grades, but a few rolls survived long enough to be saved when the hoarded of uncirculated rolls began to catch on in the mid 1930s.

Fully red gems are quite rare, due to a combination of toning, spotting and less than satisfying strikes. As is seemingly always true of copper/bronze coins, the most sharply struck examples tend to tone more readily than the mushy ones, and the surviving population of 1928-S cents adheres to this pattern.

Late in the year 1928, dies for the cent, dime, quarter dollar and half dollar were shipped to San Francisco bearing a large, heavy mintmark of a style not seen in decades. Circulated 1928 Large S cents are slightly scarce, while Mint State pieces are very scarce and carry a substantial premium. The common, Small S variety is illustrated.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/8/2014

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1928 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.90 1.40 2.40 3.50 9.00 25.00 27.00 34.00 47.00 68.00 72.00 80.00 160 195 350 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 100.00 185 225 - - - -
1928 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 110 150 265 460 1400 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 300 625 - - - -
1928 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 160 335 875 5500 31650 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 185 400 1150 8450 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 362
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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3/14/2001 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1417, 1417/Lot# 1013 $370.60
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 342 $242.00
12/3/2006 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #66122, 66122/Lot# 24097 $115.00
7/26/2009 PCGS MS 65   Red Teletrade Auction 2723, 2723/Lot# 1064 $5,290.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10295 $243.80
9/7/2011 PCGS MS 62   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7231 $184.00
9/22/2011 PCGS MS 64   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 621, 628/Lot# 4067 $621.00
10/9/2011 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 3151, 3151/Lot# 1129 $172.50
9/29/2013 PCGS AU 58   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 113831 $42.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1928 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33361232631021111391902652783045276099089941085118213511538
334819427610512015621526928737855470993710241117123814130
0000007610512015621526928737855470993710241117123800
0000008910813017324027429545358280896510551150129500
1928 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33691637721151231512092823955027541081204822052370254328403162
347112349861181321702333204315868631403210022602428264229470
000000861181321702333204315868631403210022602428264200
0000001011201421902583574666709721726215323152485274100
1928 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6691220418112713516722730442652788215833984812085508996974410449
67101527549613014618725334546064511162383536382638699924599790
0000009613014618725334546064511162383536382638699924500
00000011213215620727838549376413493184674184078847949500
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Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1081
Owner: wheat'swheats
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 908
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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