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: 12/13/2020

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1953 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 1.75 5.75 11.00 29.00 - - -
$ 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.10 - - - - - - - - - -
1953 S 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.75 5.50 11.50 19.00 67.50 - - -
1953 S 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9.00 14.00 25.00 260 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 16.00 75.00 2575 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3762
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/23/2021 1953 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1-2-11---12252----17
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Total----1-2-11---12252----17
 ----6%-12%-6%6%---6%12%12%29%12%---- 
1953 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------7181915----59
----------------1-1---2
-----------------1----1
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Total--------------71820161---62
 --------------11%29%32%26%2%--- 
1953 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------32735028844211--3686
----------------1-----1
-----------------310---13
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Total--------------32735128874311--3700
 --------------0%1%9%78%12%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1953 S 1C MS BN
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Base6666666666666666203276348785861
666666666666666112447167494810904
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1953 S 1C MS RB
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Base333333333333369204576265298360429
33333333333347132855139276319383450
0000003333334713285513927631900
0000003333335816376620228733900
1953 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333391232721471066116313301514
3333333333335101945974531098121913911590
0000003333335101945974531098121900
00000033333371125591227601131127400
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1066
Owner: Beauzo
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1066
Owner: Bruce Miller
 
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