Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 181,835,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1953 S 1C MS obverse 1953 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The certified population of high grade 1953-S cents seems adequate to meet the demand from advanced collectors of this series. Those that didn't make the cut often failed to do so because of streaking and staining. These problems plagued many cents from the late 1940s and the '50s, probably as a consequence of the planchet cleaning process employed prior to striking. Shallow details and frosty, diffused luster are common for this issue.

More than two dozen repunched mintmark varieties have been recorded for this issue, and all but a few are extremely slight.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1953 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.10 0.10 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.20 0.35 0.40 1.20 1.50 1.75 5.75 11.00 29.00 - - -
1953 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.75 5.50 11.50 19.00 67.50 - - -
1953 S 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9.00 14.00 34.00 260 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 16.00 75.00 2575 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3691
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: 10/8/2019 1953 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1-2-11---11141----13
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Total----1-2-11---11141----13
 ----8 %-15 %-8 %8 %---8 %8 %8 %31 %8 %---- 
1953 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------7151712----51
----------------1-1---2
-----------------1----1
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Total--------------71518131---54
 --------------13 %28 %33 %24 %2 %--- 
1953 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------3253332850416---3627
----------------1-----1
-----------------311---14
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Total--------------3253342853427---3642
 --------------0 %1 %9 %78 %12 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
8/23/2004 PCGS MS 67   Red Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Bullet Sale #353, 353/Lot# 331 $281.75
6/27/2006 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26071, 26071/Lot# 11037 $21.00
7/17/2006 NGC MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 96, 101/Lot# 167 $13.80
10/28/2007 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 2441, 2441/Lot# 1060 $134.40
1/8/2012 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/08/2012, 2/Lot# 27878 $39.00
3/28/2014 PCGS MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6007 $1,880.00
6/22/2014 NGC MS 67   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 175490 $99.00
7/6/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 200028 $59.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1953 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1953 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333369204576265298360429
333333333333471328551392763193830
0000003333334713285513927631900
0000003333335816376620228733900
1953 1C MS S Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333391232721471066116313301514
3333333333335101945974531098121913910
0000003333335101945974531098121900
00000033333371125591227601131127400
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1066
Owner: Bruce Miller
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1066
Owner: Coinbuf
 
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