Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 282,760,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Brass
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1944 S 1C MS obverse 1944 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1944-S cents were made in large numbers, but this mintage could have been much higher. The San Francisco Mint ceased coining cents after July of that year to concentrate its bronze (actually brass) production on Philippine one-centavo coins, as it was expected that this commonwealth would be liberated shortly.

1944-S cents, while common in fully red gem, require careful examination by potential buyers. Regardless of the numeric grade assigned, these coins may have signs of extreme die erosion such as that seen on the reverse die above (photo). From 1944 through the end of production in 1955, quality control at the San Francisco Mint fell to lows not seen since the mid 1920s.

That the emphasis was clearly on quantity rather than quality is illustrated by an innovation that occurred at the SFM in 1944. Two employees devised a dual die-pair collar that could thus strike two coins in one blow of the press. This improved output by 90%, but it reduced the frequency with which worn dies were replaced, since shutting the press would henceforth take two die pairs out of action instead of one.

Several repunched mintmark varieties are known for this issue, but none are particularly compelling.

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1944 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.10 0.10 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.20 0.25 0.40 0.50 1.20 1.85 3.50 8.50 12.00 24.00 - - -
1944 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.40 5.25 11.00 17.50 32.50 - - -
1944 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 6.50 11.75 16.00 35.00 110 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 55.00 2000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6737
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 66
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: 10/22/2019 1944 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----12431-3---1--410----38
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Total----12431-3---1--410----38
 ----32 %11 %8 %3 %-8 %---3 %--11 %26 %---- 
1944 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------18201019254---96
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Total-------------18201019254---96
 -------------19 %21 %10 %20 %26 %4 %--- 
1944 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------54176242731522---6603
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-----------------313---16
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Total--------------54176242761535---6619
 --------------0 %1 %12 %65 %23 %--- 

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10/23/2019 MS 67  Red Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131943/Lot# 27113


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6/28/1999 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 1180, 1180/Lot# 1087 $32.75
7/22/2003 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23075, 23075/Lot# 13117 $63.25
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 67   Red Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 417 $276.00
9/22/2011 PCGS MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 621, 628/Lot# 4114 $138.00
6/10/2012 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 19870 $25.00
2/2/2014 NGC MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131406/Lot# 20548 $20.00
2/16/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 171235 $25.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1944 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333612324598123131155
3333333333333481936631061261390
00000033333334819366310612600
000000333333351025418011512800
1944 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333336164172135151167205
3333333333333492451931401561800
00000033333334924519314015600
0000003333333513336211414616200
1944 1C MS S Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333669244589151450502595695
33333333334671431601102514675336280
000000333346714316011025146753300
000000333356819387413035048556400
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 467
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 450
Owner: Big Tiger
 
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