Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 15,180,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1938 S 1C MS obverse 1938 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The low mintage of this issue made it moderately scarce in circulation, but it also attracted speculators who put aside BU rolls at or near the time of minting. Fully red gems thus survive in sufficient numbers to satisfy advanced collectors.

With a slowed economy, the mintage of this issue was sporadic, with nearly all pieces struck in two bursts of activity at the beginning and the end of 1938. Most were not released until the following year, which only encouraged more hoarding.

Two spectacular repunched mintmark varieties are known for 1938-S cent. FS-501 is notably more scarce than FS-502, but both are widely collected as part of the series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/12/2020

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1938 S 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.35 0.45 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.75 1.75 2.00 2.25 4.25 5.00 6.00 8.00 9.00 13.50 19.00 38.00 - - -
1938 S 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 4.50 6.00 7.00 9.00 12.50 22.00 32.50 55.00 - - -
1938 S 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 7.00 8.50 11.00 14.00 28.00 45.00 200 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 70.00 1300 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3517
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 11/24/2020 1938 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----321-----12312-----15
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Total----321-----12312-----15
 ----20%13%7%-----7%13%20%7%13%----- 
1938 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1-52335181---83
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Total------------1-52335181---83
 ------------1%-6%28%42%22%1%--- 
1938 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------19955121998804---3419
----------------19----10
----------------154---10
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Total-------------19955142012808---3439
 -------------0%0%3%15%59%23%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 S 1C MS BN
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Base6666666666666666203276348785861
666666666666666112447167494810904
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1938 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33336669999162024325089135220248301363
3334667999111721273863104163229266322381
000000799911172127386310416322926600
000000899914192329447612019223928300
1938 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33669991212121220243241541152556848299591104
3467991012121215212735457416239873287210071159
0000001012121215212735457416239873287200
0000001112121217232938509520854178191600
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 732
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 684
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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