Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 72,702,618
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
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: 12/16/2019

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1909 LINCOLN 1C MS BN
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Base $ 2.25 3.00 3.75 4.75 7.00 11.00 12.00 13.00 13.50 15.00 15.50 17.50 22.00 32.00 60.00 100.00 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 40.00 75.00 - - -
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 16.00 17.50 20.00 35.00 55.00 100.00 175 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 40.00 60.00 110 250 - -
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 30.00 43.00 90.00 170 350 2000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 50.00 110 205 550 5500 -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2109
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1909 LINCOLN 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-776224614713176415916287222---581
------------------1---1
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Total-776224614713176415916287223---582
 -1%1%1%4%1%1%0%1%1%2%0%1%11%27%28%15%4%1%--- 
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2311128025962----735
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Total-------------23111280260621---737
 -------------3%15%38%35%8%0%--- 
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2241514141948---793
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---------------1-4----5
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Total-------------2241524141988---798
 -------------0%3%19%52%25%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 LINCOLN 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base69121216202841455054636776102143255366409456539635
710121317233242475157647085116180292380425484571667
000000324247515764708511618029238042548400
000000374448536066739312921832939544051100
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base912161620243745505459637281143220351563622686800928
10131617212840475156606675102169264422583643724843974
0000004047515660667510216926442258364372400
0000004248535762697812219430749260266576200
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162020242841505459677210212317533655111033365359039724383
13172021253244515662698210914022940873518573440371741094602
00000044515662698210914022940873518573440371700
00000047535764709211615828247991926113515384500
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 3365
Owner: pestrele
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 1857
Owner: KKM
 
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