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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 2.75 3.50 4.00 4.50 5.75 11.00 11.50 12.50 13.50 17.00 19.00 25.00 35.00 65.00 100.00 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 40.00 75.00 - - -
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 17.50 20.00 35.00 55.00 95.00 175 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 40.00 60.00 110 250 - -
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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: 1630
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 66   Red Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 199 $276.00
9/13/2004 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #11, 15/Lot# 7 $63.25
2/28/2005 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #367, 367/Lot# 180 $253.00
7/10/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Teletrade Auction 2063, 2063/Lot# 1007 $93.50
9/25/2011 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131140/Lot# 22018 $53.00
5/6/2012 NGC MS 66   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/06/2012, 21/Lot# 43633 $214.50
3/31/2015 PCGS MS 66   Red Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32515 $364.25
7/12/2015 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131529/Lot# 25561 $282.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2828323232373741455054636776102143255366409456539875
28293232343738424751576470851161802923804254846510
000000384247515764708511618029238042548400
000000404448536066739312921832939544051100
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base32373741414545505454596372811432203515636226868001244
343738414245475154566066751021692644225836437249480
0000004751545660667510216926442258364372400
0000004853545762697812219430749260266576200
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45505054596363677276818510212317533655111033365359039725352
47505156606364697378829110914022940873518573440371744320
00000064697378829110914022940873518573440371700
00000066707579849611615828247991926113515384500
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 3365
Owner: bradman
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 1103
Owner: dcg
 
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