Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 99,000,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1947 S 1C MS obverse 1947 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of cents at San Francisco in 1947 fell to have that of the previous year, as an economic recession joined with the huge production of the war years to lessen demand for new coins across all denominations.

Quality control at the San Francisco Mint was abysmal in 1947. Under a tight, post-war budget, the dies were run until they became visibly worn and eroded, at which point they were crudely polished for further use. This sometimes resulted in slightly prooflike surfaces combined with heavy polishing lines.

The certified population of 1947-S cents nevertheless reveals a fair number of high grade gems. The bright luster which results from die erosion is quite appealing to many, and such coins may earn high grades despite having incomplete strikes. A well struck coin with excellent surfaces is a true rarity, a fact not always reflected in the Census data.

Several repunched mintmark varieties are known for this issue, all of them minor and of little general interest.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/18/2020

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1947 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 7.75 11.50 23.50 - - -
$ 0.05 0.05 0.05 - - - - - - - - - - -
1947 S 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.00 6.00 10.00 18.50 32.50 - - -
1947 S 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12.00 16.00 45.00 215 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 115 1450 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3946
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
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 1947 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----3-1---1---1-22----10
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Total----3-1---1---1-22----10
 ----30%-10%---10%---10%-20%20%---- 
1947 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------42037433---107
-----------------1----1
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Total--------------42037443---108
 --------------4%19%34%41%3%--- 
1947 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------3395842650553---3829
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-----------------58---13
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Total--------------3395842655561---3842
 --------------0%1%15%69%15%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1947 S 1C MS BN
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Base6666666666666666203276348785861
666666666666666112447167494810904
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1947 S 1C MS RB
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Base333333333333339203776135115190234
3333333333333513265096135140205246
000000333333351326509613514000
0000003333333716316311513516500
1947 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333331245761431206131214951695
333333333333362355984971241137315621780
000000333333362355984971241137300
0000003333333934661218521277143400
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1241
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1206
Owner: ABK
 
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