Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 198,100,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Brass
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1946 S 1C MS obverse 1946 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With a high mintage for a San Francisco Mint coin and the usual hoarding of S-Mint cents by collectors and speculators, this issue is quite plentiful in Mint State grades. Even gems are only slightly scarce, though the more astute collector will want to hold out for one which is fully struck from fresh dies.

These are surprisingly difficult to locate, as the San Francisco Mint in the late 1940s was very budget minded and ran the dies way too long. When the dies became too worn, they were refinished to restore their smooth fields, but this resulted in the loss of all shallow design features.

Numerous repunched mintmark varieties have been recorded for 1946-S cents, but by far the most desirable variety is the S/D overmintmark, FS-511.

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Last Updated: 12/18/2020

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1946 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 1.50 1.85 6.50 12.50 28.00 - - -
$ 0.05 0.05 0.05 - - - - - - - - - - -
1946 S 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.25 5.25 8.50 17.50 45.00 - - -
1946 S 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11.50 16.00 32.00 250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 13.00 20.00 65.00 7000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5998
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 65
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: 6/15/2021 1946 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--119362414--3112-----38
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Total--119362414--3112-----38
 --3%3%24%8%16%5%11%3%11%--8%3%3%5%----- 
1946 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------316303610---95
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-----------------1----1
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Total--------------316303710---96
 --------------3%17%31%39%10%--- 
1946 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------14727044360724---5865
-----------------32---5
-----------------812---20
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Total-------------14727044371738---5890
 -------------0%0%1%12%74%13%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1946 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
666666666666666112447167494810904
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1946 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333339163272183209230282
33333333333335112145109192216247296
0000003333333511214510919221600
0000003333333714275914620022300
1946 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333331245761551393151017121935
3333333333333623551025681432157717862032
0000003333333623551025681432157700
0000003333333934661299801471164500
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1393
Owner: ABK
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1393
Owner: asdfgh
 
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