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
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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: 8/1/2014

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1909 VDB 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 10.00 11.00 13.50 15.00 16.50 18.00 19.00 20.00 21.00 23.50 25.00 32.00 42.00 67.50 115 200 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 35.00 45.00 77.50 - - -
1909 VDB 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 25.00 27.00 50.00 75.00 100.00 175 950 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 57.50 85.00 115 225 - -
1909 VDB 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 28.00 35.00 57.50 95.00 160 300 1350 22500 - -
$ - - - - - - - 65.00 115 190 400 2250 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10746
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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8/17/2009 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 402, 408/Lot# 61 $149.50
10/4/2009 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2753, 2753/Lot# 1054 $38.00
12/5/2010 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2972, 2972/Lot# 1084 $92.00
4/21/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 108951 $46.00
1/19/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131404/Lot# 26455 $70.00
9/12/2014 NGC MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers iAuction 3499, 6053/Lot# 21018 $82.25
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 67   Brown Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1207 $833.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 VDB 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373741545967677276818589981021311712654096206847981239
373845566267697378828692991121442023134796417229450
0000006973788286929911214420231347964172200
00000070757984889510112115823436155066376000
1909 VDB 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5454596367727681858994981021112012883665631658179220222875
5456606469737882869195991051412303144329281703186923060
0000007882869195991051412303144329281703186900
000000798488929710110817125934049712931747194500
1909 VDB 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5454596367677276818594981151432303515278202009713877699997
545660646769737882889510412417227041062512163719734885120
000000737882889510412417227041062512163719734800
000000757984919710913420131146872216135428755900
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 2009
Owner: Alan Lastufka
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 2009
Owner: Just coins
 
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