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Obverse of 1916-S One Cent     Reverse of 1916-S One Cent


1916-S ONE CENT

PCGS Nos: 2492, 2493, 2494

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 22,510,000
Proofs: 
0

Designer: Victor David Brenner

Diameter: 19 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 95%
Tin and Zinc - 5%

Weight: 48 grains (3.11 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the date

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Notes:
The finest Brown examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-65BN's.

The finest Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 22 MS-65RB's.

The finest Red examples graded by PCGS are 17 MS-65RD's.

Recent appearances:
Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 233, not plated, sold for $103.50

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 373, not plated $8,625.00

NGC graded MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1387, not illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…Mostly red on the obverse, with some toning on the reverse. Scarce in full gem condition.", sold for $747.00

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5933, not plated, sold for $1,035.00

PCGS graded MS-64 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1388, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…With a high degree of original red that shows faint mellowing on Lincoln. Crisply struck lettering and devices, San Francisco was trying to pull together and correct some earlier production problems from prior years which frequently resulted in poorly struck coins. A couple of faint marks on Lincoln's face, and a die crack leading to each wheat ear from the rim on the reverse.", sold for $1,897.00

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8599, not illustrated, sold for $862.50  From the Mike Hughes Collection

MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5446, not plated, sold for $948.75

ANACS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6702, not illustrated, sold for $184.00

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7694, not illustrated, sold for $241.50

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October
2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service