Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 72,702,618
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 LINCOLN 1C MS obverse 1909 LINCOLN 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Within days of the Lincoln Cent's initial release a decision was made to remove the designer's initials V.D.B. Nearly three times as many 1909 Lincoln Cents were coined without the initials, yet the public made no particular effort to save these, as it assumed the earlier issue would be the rare one.

While 1909 plain cents are certainly not rare in Mint State, the supply of gem pieces is noticeably smaller than for the 1909 V.D.B. cents.

There are no notable varieties, but close examination reveals that the reverse rim on this second emission is in lower relief. This unheralded change was prompted by reports of the 1909 V.D.B. cents stacking higher than an equal number of Indian Head Cents.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/1/2014

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1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.75 3.50 4.00 4.50 5.75 5.75 11.00 11.50 12.50 13.50 16.00 17.00 19.00 25.00 35.00 65.00 100.00 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 40.00 75.00 - - -
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 16.00 17.50 20.00 35.00 55.00 95.00 175 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 40.00 60.00 110 250 - -
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 30.00 43.00 90.00 170 475 3800 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 50.00 110 205 950 6500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1499
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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8/30/2000 PCGS MS 67   Red Teletrade Auction 1352, 1352/Lot# 1009 $972.00
10/3/2001 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2001 October Long Beach Signature Sale #271, 271/Lot# 5557 $207.00
10/17/2005 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #58, 63/Lot# 30 $86.25
6/18/2008 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2545, 2545/Lot# 1012 $32.00
7/8/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131229/Lot# 24019 $126.50
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 551 $86.25
10/13/2013 PCGS MS 65   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/13/2013, 96/Lot# 99584 $45.00
6/9/2014 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20049 $68.15


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333391220282832325417123742370515732915
33333335101422282932399319329951799420200
00000035101422282932399319329951799400
0000003711172528303246132215361611128300
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333391628374145457222333657592521613998
3333333511203138424554122260415691133727730
0000003511203138424554122260415691133700
0000003713243439434563172298495808174900
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333316284559636772111317423705111028195188
3333333720334960646885179352517840167936080
0000003720334960646885179352517840167900
00000031124395461657098248387611975224900
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 705
Owner: bradman
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 423
Owner: dcg
 
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