1924-S Lincoln Cent. MS-64 RD (PCGS). A warm blend of deep rose and autumn-orange greets the viewer from both sides of this handsome near-Gem. Even with the economy in full swing in the mid-1920s, cent production was desultory at best, especially at the branch mints. A modest 11,696,000 examples of the 1924-S cent were ultimately produced and most entered daily use with little notice. One of a long line of branch mint condition rarities in the early Lincoln series, the 1924-S cent was not actively pursued until the 1930s and by then most specimens had seen considerable circulation. Low grade examples may be obtained with ease, but above even the middle circulated grade levels, the issue proves to be challenging. Mint State specimens are typically weakly defined with muddled details and most often with minimal reddish tones. This is an above average survivor that is worthy of serious consideration.