Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 118,505,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1950 S 1C MS obverse 1950 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With the post-war recession lifting and another war brewing in Korea, the production of cents at the San Francisco Mint finally began to rise this year. As with all S-Mint cents of the 1940s and '50s, the number of pieces certified in top grades is a bit misleading. These coins typically reveal worn dies that produced very bright, shimmering luster which hides contact marks and makes the coins quite appealing overall. The real challenge will be to find an example that is sharply struck, as well. Such coins are slightly more available for 1950-S than for the several years preceding.

Numerous repunched mintmark varieties are known for this issue, but most are quite trivial and of interest to series specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1950 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.10 0.12 0.14 0.15 0.16 0.18 0.40 0.50 1.20 1.50 1.85 5.75 10.50 - - - -
1950 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.65 3.30 11.00 18.50 - - - -
1950 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.75 8.00 16.50 35.00 450 3300 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 18.00 110 2750 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2439
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/18/2019 1950 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---11111-------292----18
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Total---11111-------292----18
 ---6 %6 %6 %6 %6 %-------11 %50 %11 %---- 
1950 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------2492----17
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Total--------------2492----17
 --------------12 %24 %53 %12 %---- 
1950 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------23627518082821--2404
-----------------3----3
-----------------25---7
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Total--------------23627518132871--2414
 --------------0 %1 %11 %75 %12 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/6/2004 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24012, 24012/Lot# 13108 $1,897.50
11/6/2004 NGC MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #64112, 64112/Lot# 24116 $72.45
3/9/2009 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 344, 350/Lot# 106 $26.00
4/29/2012 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/29/2012, 20/Lot# 34521 $30.00
12/9/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Teletrade Auction 3395, 3395/Lot# 1161 $45.00
3/16/2014 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 101255 $30.00
3/28/2014 PCGS MS 67   Red Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5125 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1950 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1950 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333336912417689102127159
3333333333334710225380931101380
00000033333347102253809311000
00000033333358113164859811900
1950 1C MS S Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333691628721631865409545164967
33333333333471120431027302608423546660
00000033333471120431027302608423500
000000333335814245713312983352437600
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1865
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1865
Owner: GILMORE
 
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