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: 8/1/2014

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1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.75 3.50 4.00 4.50 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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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: 1795
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/15/2003 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 95 $2,875.00
12/5/2010 PCGS MS 65   Red Teletrade Auction 2972, 2972/Lot# 1068 $138.00
4/22/2012 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131218/Lot# 22053 $62.00
9/16/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/16/2012, 40/Lot# 74545 $225.50
6/2/2013 PCGS MS 66   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 754, 763/Lot# 18 $360.00
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5231 $152.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base69121216202841455054636776102143255366409456539635
7101213172332424751576470851161802923804254845710
000000324247515764708511618029238042548400
000000374448536066739312921832939544051100
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base912161620243745505459637281143220351563622686800928
101316172128404751566066751021692644225836437248430
0000004047515660667510216926442258364372400
0000004248535762697812219430749260266576200
1909 LINCOLN 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162020242841505459677210212317533655111033365359039724383
13172021253244515662698210914022940873518573440371741090
00000044515662698210914022940873518573440371700
00000047535764709211615828247991926113515384500
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Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 1103
Owner: BJOH067
 
Grade: MS 66 RD
Points: 1103
Owner: njf
 
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