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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Last Updated: 12/18/2020

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1944 S 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.10 0.15 0.30 0.40 1.20 1.85 3.50 8.50 12.00 24.00 - - -
$ 0.05 0.05 0.05 - - - - - - - - - - -
1944 S 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.40 5.25 11.00 17.50 32.50 - - -
1944 S 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 6.50 11.75 16.00 35.00 110 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 55.00 2000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6983
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: 2/23/2021 1944 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----17631-3--111-410----47
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Total----17631-3--111-410----47
 ----36%13%6%2%-6%--2%2%2%-9%21%---- 
1944 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------18231031324---118
-----------------1----1
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Total-------------18231031334---119
 -------------15%19%8%26%28%3%--- 
1944 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------64179244031576---6818
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-----------------414---18
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Total--------------64179244071590---6836
 --------------0%1%12%64%23%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1944 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333612324598123131155
333333333333348193663106126139163
00000033333334819366310612600
000000333333351025418011512800
1944 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333336164172135151167205
333333333333349245193140156180215
00000033333334924519314015600
0000003333333513336211414616200
1944 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333669244589151450502595695
3333333333467143160110251467533628730
000000333346714316011025146753300
000000333356819387413035048556400
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 467
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 450
Owner: Anthony Klick
 
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