From the NGC Archives: 1909 VDB Lincoln Cent

Posted on 9/11/2012

On August 2, 1909 this was the coin on everybodys mind — the brand-new Lincoln penny.

It seemed that all America went mad for the new coins on the day of their release, though only coin collectors still recall that date with fondness.

The arrival of the new cents had been heralded for months, and both numismatists and the general public set many thousands aside. Indeed, so many examples of the first Lincoln Cents were saved that choice coins are not especially scarce. Superb gems such as this amazing piece, however, are few and far between. Boldly struck and intensely lustrous, this delightful specimen displays a uniform color of fiery orange, imparting an aesthetic value that draws the eye.

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