Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 44,610,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1955 S 1C MS obverse 1955 S 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint struck coins only during the first three months of 1955, when this activity was suspended for an entire decade. It was found to be more cost effective to make additional coins at Denver and ship them west than to strike them at the small and inadequate San Francisco facility.

Though die erosion is a factor with 1955-S cents, they were generally of better quality than those from Philly and Denver. This fact, combined with absolutely massive hoarding of this final S-Mint cent, has given the hobby a large pool of high grade survivors.

A small number of repunched mintmark varieties are known for this relatively small mintage, but only one of these has much popularity. It is distinctive for its triple-punched S.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1955 S 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 0.05 0.05 0.10 0.10 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.20 0.20 0.40 0.45 0.65 0.90 1.35 3.75 7.25 17.00 - - -
1955 S 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.50 5.75 11.00 15.00 35.00 - - -
1955 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8.50 15.00 35.00 115 9750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 17.00 45.00 850 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19214
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 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, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1955 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----132534--115176----48
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Total-----132534--115176----48
 -----2 %6 %4 %10 %6 %8 %--2 %2 %10 %35 %13 %---- 
1955 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1439931106---253
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------------------1---1
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Total-------------1439931107---254
 -------------0 %2 %15 %37 %43 %3 %--- 
1955 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2222153389122293055-1-18913
---------------1-11---3
----------------2344---40
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Total-------------2222163391122643060-1-18956
 -------------0 %0 %1 %18 %65 %16 %-0 %- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68023, 68023/Lot# 63060 $19.00
2/10/2008 NGC MS 67   Red Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 69 $57.50
11/6/2008 NGC MS 67   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 298, 304/Lot# 5096 $62.10
12/25/2011 NGC MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 3195, 3195/Lot# 2672 $75.00
5/20/2013 PCGS MS 66   Red Teletrade Auction 3431, 3431/Lot# 1115 $320.00
8/18/2013 NGC MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131335/Lot# 22578 $36.00
12/22/2013 NGC MS 66   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 99562 $15.00
6/3/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3580 $246.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1955 1C MS S Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333331224678198127
3333333333333336163872871080
00000033333333361638728700
00000033333333392053769200
1955 1C MS S Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333612204159143163201248
33333333333348152747871501762170
000000333333481527478715017600
00000033333351017345311515618800
1955 1C MS S Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333369163272123674743861996
3333333333347112145893076977829060
00000033333471121458930769778200
000000333335814275910649072082200
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 674
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 674
Owner: asdfgh
 
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