Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 96,190,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1954 S 1C MS obverse 1954 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Quality control for this issue was poor, even by San Francisco Mint standards of the 1950s. Worn and overpolished dies left many of these coins quite blurry and their details incomplete. Only widespread roll hoarding of this date has provided enough gems to satisfy the demand from collectors.

Numerous repunched mintmarks are known for 1954-S, most of them quite minor and of little interest. Small die breaks affecting the date and lettering are frequently seen, including the "San Jose" variety in which a J-shaped break on the right side of the mintmark makes it look like letters SJ. These minor breaks are of interest only to series specialists.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/12/2020

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1954 S 1C MS BN
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Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.15 0.15 0.20 0.30 0.40 0.65 0.90 1.50 3.75 9.00 25.00 - - -
1954 S 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.50 5.00 11.00 17.50 35.00 - - -
1954 S 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8.00 15.00 34.50 160 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 22.00 65.00 1350 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10171
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1954 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----3-322-2--13483----31
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Total----3-322-2--13483----31
 ----10%-10%6%6%-6%--3%10%13%26%10%---- 
1954 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------11128608217---199
----------------22211---35
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Total-------------111286210428---234
 -------------0%5%12%26%44%12%--- 
1954 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2510510817788960---9941
-----------------11---2
-----------------914---23
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Total-------------2510510817798975---9966
 -------------0%0%1%11%78%10%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1954 S 1C MS BN
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Base6666666666666666203276348785861
6666666666666661124471674948100
00000066666666611244716749400
00000066666666615286125763900
1954 S 1C MS RB
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Base333333333333369164172143163201248
33333333333347112451961501762170
000000333333471124519615017600
0000003333335814336211915618800
1954 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333691628721237157879111051
3333333333347112043893207398289580
00000033333471120438932073982800
000000333335814245710651876387000
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 739
Owner: KKM
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 715
Owner: Big Tiger
 
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