Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 27,995,000
Catalog: KM-132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1909 VDB 1C MS obverse 1909 VDB 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The first emission of the Lincoln Cent debuted in August of 1909 to wide acclaim. The only fly in the ointment was a newspaper campaign against Victor D. Brenner's small initials on the coin's reverse. This had been a compromise from his original insertion of his full surname, but the greater scrutiny given to the cent as opposed to other coins compelled the Mint to cease production of this variety and produce all subsequent cents through 1917 without the designer's initials.

This issue was quite widely hoarded by both numismatists and the general public, with the result that Mint State examples are very common right up through the fully red gem level.

A couple of doubled-die obverse varieties are known, with one of these recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/7/2013

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1909 VDB 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 8.63 9.20 10.35 11.50 12.65 12.65 13.80 14.38 15.60 16.80 19.20 20.40 22.00 27.00 37.00 59.00 104 156 - - -
$ - - - - - - 23.00 24.00 31.00 42.00 67.00 116 175 -
1909 VDB 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 20.40 21.60 24.00 34.00 60.00 90.00 150 450 - - -
$ - - - - - 23.00 24.00 27.00 39.00 80.00 105 167 650 -
1909 VDB 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 25.20 30.00 52.00 80.00 125 235 1100 10850 - -
$ - - - - - - 28.00 34.00 59.00 95.00 140 350 1800 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10361
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/8/2007 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Online Session #423, 423/Lot# 60441 $276.00
8/13/2007 PCGS MS 68   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2407, 2407/Lot# 1919 $73.00
5/5/2008 NGC MS 64   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 244, 250/Lot# 24 $138.00
2/17/2013 PCGS MS 65   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/17/2013, 62/Lot# 93564 $110.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30124 $464.13
8/25/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131336/Lot# 24564 $68.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1208 $5,520.00
12/8/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/08/2013, 104/Lot# 157029 $68.20


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 VDB 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base203232374145505454636776818911515523735451782012711886
243233384246515457647077839712818227640861897014760
000000515457647077839712818227640861897000
00000052546065737986106141209315462719112000
1909 VDB 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2832323745505054546367818998139248351517974150521973103
293233394650515457647183921111752824066691151173524990
000000515457647183921111752824066691151173500
000000525460657686951252113164618211328196600
1909 VDB 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2832323745505054636776811021232013204297451808533868208849
29323339465051576470778810914924035653410992984583274960
00000051576470778810914924035653410992984583200
00000052606573799511617528039263914534161632600
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 1808
Owner: Just coins
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 999
Owner: Stephen420
 
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