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: 8/19/2014

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1939 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.15 0.20 0.30 0.70 1.00 1.50 1.65 1.75 2.00 2.35 2.65 3.25 4.50 5.50 8.50 23.00 32.50 - - -
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1939 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 3.00 3.50 4.00 5.75 9.00 18.00 26.00 45.00 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1939 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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: 3533
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67


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5/25/2002 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22112, 22112/Lot# 13111 $20.00
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 146 $120.75
2/21/2008 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 223, 229/Lot# 5016 $51.75
3/2/2011 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 3024, 3024/Lot# 1098 $41.00
9/16/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/16/2012, 40/Lot# 61248 $20.00
12/30/2012 NGC MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131302/Lot# 26473 $42.00
8/15/2014 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3495, 6049/Lot# 20025 $1,368.88
8/21/2016 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131635/Lot# 29050 $114.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333366666916203294135151190234
3333333466667111724531081401642050
00000034666671117245310814016400
00000035666681419287312114617700
1939 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333336699991212203272106183209255308
333334679991012152445831321922242730
0000006799910121524458313219222400
0000006899911121728599515720024000
1939 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333366991212121216202850106183620684798925
33346791012121213172335691323296417228400
000000910121212131723356913232964172200
000000911121212151925438715747466376000
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 620
Owner: CBC
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 620
Owner: Eagles Nest
 
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