Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 52,070,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1939 S 1C MS obverse 1939 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1939-S cents enjoyed a large mintage for a San Francisco coins of the 1930s, and they are thus fairly common in worn condition. Mint State pieces are likewise plentiful, though the quality of pieces certified as fully red gems may be disappointing to a collector seeking technical quality, as well. The dies for this issue frequently reveal blurry details and erosion lines from overuse.

The vast majority of 1939-S cents were coined during Fiscal Year 1940, which began July 1, 1939. The appropriation for the previous FY, which was based on the recession economy of 1937-38, was inadequate to meet the growing demand for cents, and the mint had to play catch up when new funding arrived July 1.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/12/2020

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1939 S 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.15 0.20 0.30 0.75 1.00 1.50 1.75 1.75 2.00 2.50 2.75 3.25 4.50 5.50 8.50 23.00 32.50 - - -
1939 S 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 3.00 3.50 4.00 5.75 9.00 18.00 26.00 45.00 - - -
1939 S 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 4.50 5.50 7.00 9.00 17.00 50.00 200 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 52.00 1300 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4117
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/27/2021 1939 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---152-2----12513-----22
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Total---152-2----12513-----22
 ---5%23%9%-9%----5%9%23%5%14%----- 
1939 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------134954304---141
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------------------1---1
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Total-------------134954305---142
 -------------1%2%35%38%21%4%--- 
1939 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------7615982321967---3954
------------------3---3
-----------------511---16
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Total--------------7615982326981---3973
 --------------0%2%15%59%25%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333366666916203294135151190234
333333346666711172453108140164205246
00000034666671117245310814016400
00000035666681419287312114617700
1939 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333336699991212203272106183209255308
33333467999101215244583132192224273323
0000006799910121524458313219222400
0000006899911121728599515720024000
1939 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333366991212121216202850106183620684798925
3334679101212121317233569132329641722840971
000000910121212131723356913232964172200
000000911121212151925438715747466376000
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 641
Owner: DaMitch
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 641
Owner: The Cents of my Life
 
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