Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 484,000
Catalog: KM-132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1909 S VDB 1C MS obverse 1909 S VDB 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

For generations of American coin collectors, this issue has been the coin highest on their want lists. It has the lowest mintage of any Lincoln Cent issued for circulation, and examples were rarely found in change.

Had this low figure occurred a few years into the series instead of at the very beginning, examples would be truly rare in Mint State. As it is, many were saved at the time of issue because of the controversial initials V.D.B. The public assumed, incorrectly, that this variety would be withdrawn. The narrow spread over so many grades confirms that there is little difference in rarity below the gem level.

Whatever the facts, the appeal of this issue is undeniable, and no collection of Lincoln Cents is complete without it. Four obverse dies are known from their variable mintmark positions, and knowledge of these dies is key to authenticating this often counterfeited or altered issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/7/2013

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1909 S VDB 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 750 810 870 935 1125 1125 1225 1375 1440 1525 1650 1700 1800 1850 2075 2900 4500 - - - -
$ 1300 1400 1575 1650 1750 1850 1900 2100 2200 2300 3300 5000 - -
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1720 1780 2000 2100 2250 3850 5850 - - - -
$ - - - - - 1890 1975 2300 2350 2500 4200 6500 - -
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1940 2350 2550 3150 5750 12750 78000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 2150 2650 2850 3400 6900 22500 84000 -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7702
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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4/20/2014 VF 25   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 800, 809/Lot# 727
4/22/2014 VF 35   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131416/Lot# 20447
4/27/2014 MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3102
4/27/2014 MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3101


Auction Prices Realized

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12/30/1998 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1119, 1119/Lot# 1097 $999.00
12/8/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 December Dallas Signature Sale #277, 277/Lot# 5207 $3,277.50
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 936 $2,012.50
1/17/2008 NGC MS 64   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 213, 219/Lot# 5026 $3,910.00
12/2/2010 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3244 $2,185.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1639 $1,443.25
3/10/2013 PCGS MS 65   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/10/2013, 65/Lot# 100078 $2,992.00
10/20/2013 NGC VF 20   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131344/Lot# 20018 $705.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S VDB 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1319145015681619173519111945200120792124222622542281234224262614303836354565608964198713
1362148915851657179319221963202720942158223522632301237024882755323739455073619971830
0000001963202720942158223522632301237024882755323739455073619900
0000001982205321092192224422722321239825512896343642555581630900
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base133314661585163717541932196520232101214722492281234225012561275434474157541771382165938003
137715051602167618131943198420492116218122592301239525212625298536834577599011978271070
00000019842049211621812259230123952521262529853683457759901197800
00000020032075213122152270232124482541268932163920499765641681800
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13731508163016831801198320172075215522022306233924262648282331544243585211197128302516144086
1418154816471722186119942036210121702236231723682500270629333517477976331174116940314690
000000203621012170223623172368250027062933351747797633117411694000
000000205521282186227123282397257427643043388053159415122852105000
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Grade: MS 66* RB
Points: 4577
Owner: LGRIMES
 
Grade: MS 66* RB
Points: 4577
Owner: M. WHEAT
 
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