Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 85,590,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1942 S 1C MS obverse 1942 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The long suspension of cent coinage at San Francisco during 1941 was still being overcome in the early months of 1942, when that mint made cents alone through March. Due to restrictions on the use of copper, production of cents gradually dwindled during the remainder of the year.

Gem 1942-S cents oftentime have a slightly subdued red color, rather than the bright and flashy look of the specimen illustrated. This issue has long been perceived as slightly more scarce than other cents of the 1940s in top grades.

Numerous repunched mintmark varieties are known for 1942-S, most of them quite minor. One is also combined with a doubled-die obverse.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1942 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.10 0.15 0.35 0.80 1.05 1.25 1.50 1.85 2.20 4.25 4.50 5.00 7.00 10.50 12.50 15.00 25.00 - - -
1942 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 4.85 5.15 5.75 8.70 12.50 17.00 20.00 37.50 - - -
1942 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 12.00 16.30 22.25 40.50 170 12000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 60.00 1000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2371
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 66
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: 6/19/2019 1942 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1-3982-2---11111----30
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Total--1-3982-2---11111----30
 --3 %-10 %30 %27 %7 %-7 %---3 %3 %3 %3 %3 %---- 
1942 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------3101181---33
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Total--------------3101181---33
 --------------9 %30 %33 %24 %3 %--- 
1942 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1482481292719---2308
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-----------------110---11
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Total--------------1482481293729---2319
 --------------0 %2 %11 %56 %31 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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12/29/2003 PCGS MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 1825, 1825/Lot# 1095 $176.00
6/22/2009 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 386, 392/Lot# 113 $69.00
6/10/2012 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 28745 $35.00
2/7/2013 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7383 $199.75
2/13/2015 NGC MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers iAuction 3521, 6090/Lot# 20028 $158.63
3/12/2017 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131712/Lot# 25833 $104.00
9/7/2017 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1259/Lot# 7158 $960.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333366612161624415059102119147183
33333334668131619304453731081281590
000000346681316193044537310812800
0000003566101516213547568811313800
1942 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333366616162032506781155175216265
333333346691617243856721061621892320
0000003466916172438567210616218900
00000035661316192844617613016820200
1942 1C MS S Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333999202037455981163597556360896651
33333335991320264050661083082252573862760
00000035991320264050661083082252573800
00000037991620314254741364523908591400
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 2252
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 597
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
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