Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 81,735,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1948 S 1C MS obverse 1948 S 1C MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

1948-S cents typically display poor details from worn and/or overly polished dies. The example illustrated is thus exceptional. The relatively high certified population in MS 67 RD may be explained by the dazzling luster that results from worn dies and the tendency of such surfaces to resist or simply hide contact marks.

The San Francisco Mint during this period kept dies in the press until they were severely eroded and their fields furrowed. Then the dies were heavily repolished, making them prooflike for a brief time but also leaving them without the shallow features of the design and with distorted peripheral lettering.

Nearly the entire mintage of 1948-S cents was effected from January through June, this being the only denomination coined at the SFM during those months, with the exception of the annual run of Booker T. Washington Halves. An additional production of cents came in December, when 135,000 more were produced to meet the usual holiday shopping rush.

Only minor varieties are known for this issue, including several repunched mintmarks that are difficult to discern.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/20/2014

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1948 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.10 0.13 0.15 0.16 0.20 0.25 0.90 1.05 1.25 1.65 2.75 6.50 11.50 23.50 - - -
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1948 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.00 4.50 10.50 16.50 37.00 - - -
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1948 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.50 20.00 35.00 135 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 1525 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3306
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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1/9/2006 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL FUN Online Session #395, 395/Lot# 29046 $195.50
2/21/2008 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 223, 229/Lot# 5031 $78.20
7/29/2009 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 2725, 2725/Lot# 2127 $53.00
4/1/2010 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 467, 473/Lot# 7071 $14.00
1/8/2012 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/08/2012, 2/Lot# 19974 $26.00
2/19/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/19/2012, 8/Lot# 36227 $29.00
7/21/2015 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 33048 $58.75
1/31/2016 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131606/Lot# 23701 $90.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1948 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1948 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333369164167151175212258
33333333333347112450951591872270
000000333333471124509515918700
0000003333335814335812316720000
1948 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333336122028811316957648881024
3333333333348152346983197188059330
00000033333481523469831971880500
0000003333351017256311450774184700
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 718
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 695
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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