Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 112,940,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1940 S 1C MS obverse 1940 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While the Census data reveal a large number of certified gems, collectors will want to be picky in selecting the right coin. Many 1940-S cents were coined with worn dies displaying very distorted features. The San Francisco Mint was pushed to its limit during the year supplying coins outside of its usual territory: "...163 tons of San Francisco Mint coins were delivered to the Federal Reserve Bank [of Chicago] during November. A sizable fleet of express trucks was required to deliver the coins. It is believed that this is the first time that 'S' mint coins have been brought as far east as Chicago for distribution."

A very distinct repunched mintmark variety for 1940-S is recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service. Several lesser ones are not recognized at this time.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/19/2014

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1940 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.07 0.10 0.25 0.40 0.60 0.90 1.00 1.10 1.40 1.95 2.15 2.75 3.50 6.00 10.50 17.00 32.50 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1940 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.75 8.75 15.00 27.00 52.50 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1940 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.00 10.00 18.00 29.00 220 9750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 60.00 900 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2907
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67


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Date
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Grade
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Sale / Lot
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1/24/1996 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 0809, 809/Lot# 175 $17.75
7/26/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Bullet Sale #321, 321/Lot# 357 $65.55
2/22/2010 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 456, 462/Lot# 59 $18.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 67   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1389 $506.00
6/29/2014 NGC MS 67   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 201232 $140.00
11/9/2015 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 24722 $117.50
8/7/2016 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131633/Lot# 25756 $89.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1940 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1940 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333669912163259111212237288348
33333333467910132141761452202543080
000000334679101321417614522025400
000000335689111527509417822927100
1940 1C MS S Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366991212162450102201908510455986127
33333346791012131933671354372307526957740
00000046791012131933671354372307526900
00000056891112152141851686723705543300
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 908
Owner: 66RB
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 908
Owner: asdfgh
 
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