Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 64,290,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1949 S 1C MS obverse 1949 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The number of cents struck at the San Francisco Mint had been in decline since its peak in 1944, and 1949's production was the lowest yet. The minting of domestic coinage at San Francisco was suspended altogether from May through September of this recession year.

Most 1949-S cents will show blurry dies with varying degrees of erosion from overuse. This resulted in bright but diffused luster that is superficially quite pleasing. This fact, combined with the tendency of soft strikes to resist or hide contact marks, has made for a fairly generous supply of top-grade gems. The discriminating collector will want to combine high grade with a good strike, and this will prove quite challenging for 1949-S cents.

No varieties of general interest are noted for this issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/29/2019

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1949 S 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.10 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.20 0.25 0.30 1.25 1.35 2.50 3.00 3.75 6.75 17.00 29.00 - - -
1949 S 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.75 8.50 15.50 20.00 45.00 - - -
1949 S 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 6.25 13.50 20.00 27.00 240 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 22.00 60.00 1650 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3736
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1949 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2---1351----12
-----------------1----1
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Total----------2---1352----13
 ----------15 %---8 %23 %38 %15 %---- 
1949 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------181743233---95
------------------1---1
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Total-------------181743234---96
 -------------1 %8 %18 %45 %24 %4 %--- 
1949 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1213332696578---3629
-----------------3----3
-----------------45---9
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Total--------------1213332703583---3641
 --------------0 %1 %9 %74 %16 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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6/17/2003 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23064, 23064/Lot# 11111 $66.70
10/21/2003 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23104, 23104/Lot# 11164 $49.45
4/14/2008 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 2516, 2516/Lot# 2333 $50.00
6/3/2009 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 2701, 2701/Lot# 1088 $109.25
2/25/2010 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 457, 463/Lot# 7084 $30.00
6/10/2012 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 34528 $30.00
6/16/2014 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20104 $387.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1949 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1949 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333361216326381183209255308
3333333333348132142691151922242730
00000033333481321426911519222400
000000333335101527537514920024000
1949 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333691620541111551028112312841465
333333333347111731731264461060117713440
000000333347111731731264461060117700
000000333358141943921407371091123000
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1060
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1028
Owner: Big Tiger
 
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