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1943-S 1C Bronze, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Lincoln Cents 1909-1958

PCGS MS62BN

PCGS MS62BN

PCGS AU58BN

PCGS AU58BN

PCGS AU55BN

PCGS AU55BN

PCGS #:
82715
Designer:
Victor David Brenner
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Weight:
3.11 grams
Mintage:
191,550,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 2 R-9.9 2 / 3 2 / 146
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 3 1 / 146
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 3 1 / 146
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.9
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 3
60 or Better 1 / 3
65 or Better 1 / 3
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 2 / 146
60 or Better 1 / 146
65 or Better 1 / 146

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS62BN PCGS grade
Wexler and Flynn number 3
 
Reportedly found in a Mint-sewn bag of 1943-S Steel Cents (cited in the Goldbergs 2000 appearance, but questionable in light of the subsequent grading) - Dr. Charles Ruby Collection - Superior 6/1974 - Superior 6/1977, $49,500 - Goldbergs 2/2000:257, $115,000 - brokered by Legend Numismatics in early 2013 for a reported $1 million - Bob R. Simpson Collection
2 AU58 PCGS grade

Wexler and Flynn number 1

Sold by Dave Berg in 1989 - anonymous collector - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2004:380, $138,000 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 2/2016:3087, $282,000

3 AU55 PCGS grade

“...from an unspecified auction ‘sometime during the 1980s’” (per the Heritage 2016 catalog) - Sorensen Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5267, $211,500

4 XF45 PCGS estimated grade

Found in circulation in 1944 by 14-year-old collector Kenneth S. Wing, Jr. in Long Beach, California - Kenneth S. Wing family, sold in 7/2008 for $72,500 - Park Avenue Numismatics (as PCGS XF45 06994485), sold privately in 8/2008 for $173,000 - Rare Coin Wholesalers (as PCGS XF45 11456467) - Kerry Rudin Collection - Heritage 1/2018:4764, $228,000

5 VF35 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/1999:1122, $51,750 - Superior 10/2000:4147, $60,375 - Bowers & Merena 11/2001:6076, $62,100 - The Alfred V. Melson Collection - Heritage 2/2010:178, $207,000 - Geyer Family Collection - Heritage 11/2013:3510, $141,000

#1 MS62BN PCGS grade
Wexler and Flynn number 3
 
Reportedly found in a Mint-sewn bag of 1943-S Steel Cents (cited in the Goldbergs 2000 appearance, but questionable in light of the subsequent grading) - Dr. Charles Ruby Collection - Superior 6/1974 - Superior 6/1977, $49,500 - Goldbergs 2/2000:257, $115,000 - brokered by Legend Numismatics in early 2013 for a reported $1 million - Bob R. Simpson Collection
#2 AU58 PCGS grade

Wexler and Flynn number 1

Sold by Dave Berg in 1989 - anonymous collector - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2004:380, $138,000 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 2/2016:3087, $282,000

#3 AU55 PCGS grade

“...from an unspecified auction ‘sometime during the 1980s’” (per the Heritage 2016 catalog) - Sorensen Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5267, $211,500

#4 XF45 PCGS estimated grade

Found in circulation in 1944 by 14-year-old collector Kenneth S. Wing, Jr. in Long Beach, California - Kenneth S. Wing family, sold in 7/2008 for $72,500 - Park Avenue Numismatics (as PCGS XF45 06994485), sold privately in 8/2008 for $173,000 - Rare Coin Wholesalers (as PCGS XF45 11456467) - Kerry Rudin Collection - Heritage 1/2018:4764, $228,000

#5 VF35 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/1999:1122, $51,750 - Superior 10/2000:4147, $60,375 - Bowers & Merena 11/2001:6076, $62,100 - The Alfred V. Melson Collection - Heritage 2/2010:178, $207,000 - Geyer Family Collection - Heritage 11/2013:3510, $141,000

Ron Guth:

Only five examples are known of the 1943-S Bronze Cent. This is an extremely rare coin that has not shown up with the frequency of the 1943 Bronze Cent, despite intense searching. This is also the most difficult of all the 1943/1944 off-metals to find in nice condition. The discovery date for this off-metal error appears to be 1944, when a young 14 year-old collector found a 1943-S Bronze Cent in circulation.