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: 9/4/2019

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1928 S 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.90 1.50 2.50 9.50 17.50 26.00 27.00 35.00 50.00 75.00 78.00 85.00 160 190 350 1200 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 100.00 185 225 - - - -
1928 S 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 110 150 265 475 1850 5700 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 300 700 1900 - - -
1928 S 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 115 160 265 1175 5200 32500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 400 1400 6750 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 435
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
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: 2/23/2021 1928 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-12214612581524-833261651----178
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Total-12214612581524-833261651----178
 -1%1%1%8%3%7%3%4%8%13%-4%19%15%9%3%1%---- 
1928 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------120628922-----194
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--------------1--1----2
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Total------------1206389221----196
 ------------1%10%32%45%11%1%---- 
1928 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------514377-----63
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Total-------------514377-----63
 -------------8%22%59%11%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1928 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33361232631021111391902652783045276099089941085118213511538
334819427610512015621526928737855470993710241117123814131615
0000007610512015621526928737855470993710241117123800
0000008910813017324027429545358280896510551150129500
1928 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33691637721151231512092823955027541081204822052370254328403162
347112349861181321702333204315868631403210022602428264229473320
000000861181321702333204315868631403210022602428264200
0000001011201421902583574666709721726215323152485274100
1928 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6691220418112713516722730442652788215833984812085508996974410449
671015275496130146187253345460645111623835363826386999245997910971
0000009613014618725334546064511162383536382638699924500
00000011213215620727838549376413493184674184078847949500
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2048
Owner: Kirk Weaver
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1081
Owner: wheat'swheats
 
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