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1955-S Lincoln Cent : A Collector’s Guide

1955-S Lincoln Cent. Image: Heritage Auctions (visit www.ha.com).
1955-S Lincoln Cent. Image: Heritage Auctions (visit www.ha.com).

Due to the pending (and ultimately temporary) shut down of the United States Mint facility in San Francisco, the 1955-S Lincoln cent is one of the most hoarded coins in American coin collecting history. The quality of these Wheat cents was not as high as preceding issues.

Historic Pricing and Certified Populations of the 1955-S Lincoln Cent

The PCGS population for MS-68RD has remained constant for more than 20 years, with the single finest specimen last appearing at public auction in September 2002.

Dealer Bob Creps offered uncirculated rolls for $31 USD in the January 1965 issue of Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine. In that same issue, bag and roll dealer Ray Kotansky of Streator, Illinois, offered BU bags of this date for $3,575.

In the July 1974 issue of Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine, SilverTowne offered BU rolls of 1955-S Lincoln cents for $22 each.

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Market Data and Noteworthy Specimens

Top Population: PCGS MS-68RD (1, 4/2023). NGC MS-68RD (1, 4/2023). CACG MS-67RD (73:0 stickered:graded, 2/2024).

  • NGC MS-68RD #6260474-001: Legend Rare Coin Auctions, April 28, 2022, Lot 75 – Passed.
  • PCGS MS-68RD #04039260: As PCGS MS-68RD #4039260. Heritage Auctions, September 26, 2002, Lot 5632 – $7,475. Old Green Holder at the time of sale. No public sales reported since, however the coin has been re-certified with the cert number modified to PCGS’ current 8-digit format. A TrueView was also taken.
  • PCGS MS-67+RD CAC #81339677: “The Bender Family Collection — Post-1932 Lincoln Cents.”, Heritage Auctions, December 15, 2022, Lot 3369 – $870. Bender Collection on insert. Toned.
  • PCGS MS-67+RD CAC #80611889: Heritage Auctions, May 9, 2022, Lot 46137 – $1,380.
  • PCGS MS-67+RD QA #25670531: Heritage Auctions, June 18, 2019, Lot 25152 – $288; Heritage Auctions, March 22, 2022, Lot 27199- $576.
  • PCGS MS-67+RD #81286057: Heritage Auctions, January 22, 2019, Lot 27109 – $336; Heritage Auctions, March 15, 2022, Lot 25103 – $324. Jerald L. Martin Collection on insert.
  • PCGS MS-67+RD #25651047: Heritage Auctions, September 7, 2021, Lot 23094 – $336.
  • PCGS MS-67+RD CAC #37140127: Heritage Auctions, June 22, 2021, Lot 27214 – $480.
  • PCGS MS-67+RD CAC #07855397: Heritage Auctions, March 24, 2020, Lot 27095 – $432.
  • PCGS MS-67+RD #81744214: Heritage Auctions, April 30, 2017, Lot 7153 – $423; Heritage Auctions, June 11, 2019, Lot 25230 – $228. Toned.
  • PCGS MS-67+RD CAC #81342043: Heritage Auctions, July 9, 2017, Lot 7152 – $763.75.
  • PCGS MS-67+RD CAC #25602107: Heritage Auctions, July 9, 2017, Lot 7153 – $940.
  • PCGS MS-67+RD CAC #82136000: Legend Rare Coin Auctions, January 26, 2017, Lot 114 – $1,086.88.

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Coin Specifications

Country: United States of America
Year Of Issue: 1955
Denomination: One Cent (USD)
Mint Mark: S (San Francisco)
Mintage: 44,610,000
Alloy: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Weight: 3.11 g
Diameter: 19.00 mm
Edge: Plain
OBV Designer Victor David Brenner
REV Designer Victor David Brenner
Quality: Business Strike


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  1. I have so many coins I need help valuing. I just don’t know were to turn. If you can pls help me figure out how something I would greatly appreciate it.

    • ro that’s crazy because they talk a very good one and never promote people that are truly interested or that will actually help others in the coin endeavor .one because I personally have more than 3 pennys with the S UNDER THE DATE ALSO MANY DOUBLE DIE PENNYS FROM 1935AND BETTER..IF you happen to get some good news on how who and we’re to sell these things I’ve been collecting pennys for over 20 years. plus I have a wild collection of very very old pennys dimes and nickles

    • LaQuinta,

      I do not know where you live (please don’t say on a comment), but there are very good odds that if you google “coin dealer near me” that you might find a reputable business that is willing to look at your coins and give you an idea of what you have. Just because a cold is old or looks old, does not necessarily make it valuable. There are price guides for all types of coins. You can either buy one of them – or see if your local library has one that you can borrow.


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