Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 50,148,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1929 S 1C MS obverse 1929 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The typical 1929-S cent shows moderate to heavy die erosion, though certainly not to the extent of S-Mint cents of the early-mid 1920s.

This issue is quite common in all circulated grades, and Mint State pieces are likewise plentiful from the many rolls saved. All cents 1929-33 saw only limited distribution at the time of minting, since the economy demanded little in the way of new coin. When the practice of saving uncirculated rolls developed in the mid 1930s, this date was among the ones still available for the picking.

Fully red coins are scarce but not rare. Those certified as gems (MS 65 RD or higher) may or may not be well struck, as the role of strike in grading is limited. Only a very badly struck coin will have points deducted, so the opportunity exists for a bit of cherrypicking.

Collectors should also be on the alert for a nice repunched mintmark variety known for this issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/12/2020

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1929 S 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.50 0.75 1.50 2.50 6.50 14.00 15.00 15.50 18.00 22.00 25.00 27.00 33.00 55.00 85.00 160 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 37.00 60.00 90.00 - - -
1929 S 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 28.00 32.00 40.00 65.00 150 300 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 85.00 185 - - -
1929 S 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 38.00 65.00 110 400 2150 8300 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 48.00 75.00 170 625 8000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 897
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1929 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--4214334141012132227141----125
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Total--4214334141012132227141----125
 --3%2%11%2%2%3%1%3%8%1%2%10%18%22%11%1%---- 
1929 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------22681447231---310
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----------------1-----1
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Total-------------22681447331---311
 -------------7%22%46%23%1%0%--- 
1929 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------137224160364---462
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----------------15----6
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Total-------------137224161414---468
 -------------0%8%48%34%9%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1929 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333620325054597694102111135220304527584646754875
33341124385156658297105119163248378546605682794919
00000038515665829710511916324837854660568200
00000044535770889910812719227645356562571800
1929 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3366924415459678510211513116325550282090098511321296
346714304556627391106120142194337608847928103411871361
0000004556627391106120142194337608847928103400
0000005057647996111126152224420714873957108300
1929 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base669912284559677694115127155212450120638524499477752485657
67910173450627082101119136174291702208840684592493453845940
00000050627082101119136174291702208840684592493400
00000054647388108123146193371954297042834684509100
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 3852
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 1206
Owner: KR614
 
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