Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 484,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1909 S VDB 1C MS obverse 1909 S VDB 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

For generations of American coin collectors, this issue has been the coin highest on their want lists. It has the lowest mintage of any Lincoln Cent issued for circulation, and examples were rarely found in change.

Had this low figure occurred a few years into the series instead of at the very beginning, examples would be truly rare in Mint State. As it is, many were saved at the time of issue because of the controversial initials V.D.B. The public assumed, incorrectly, that this variety would be withdrawn. The narrow spread over so many grades confirms that there is little difference in rarity below the gem level.

Whatever the facts, the appeal of this issue is undeniable, and no collection of Lincoln Cents is complete without it. Four obverse dies are known from their variable mintmark positions, and knowledge of these dies is key to authenticating this often counterfeited or altered issue.

Note: This coin is commonly targeted by counterfeiters. Learn more here.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/31/2020

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1909 S VDB 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 725 800 865 1000 1050 1130 1230 1280 1380 1480 1530 1600 1700 2000 2750 5000 20000 - - -
$ - 1180 1250 1350 1430 - - 1650 1780 2025 3300 - - -
1909 S VDB 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1600 1700 1800 2150 2250 3500 7350 27500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2500 4400 9000 - -
1909 S VDB 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2000 2300 2575 2950 5475 15600 90000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 2200 - 2750 3250 7500 27500 - -

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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: 9865
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, 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: 8/4/2020 1909 S VDB 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base29941915291826465584181196419508212233935630510115----7468
----------------1-----1
---------1---111------4
-----------------------
Total29941915291826465584181196420508212234035730610215----7473
 0%1%6%20%24%6%8%2%3%6%7%0%2%5%5%4%1%0%---- 
1909 S VDB 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------421312138786944241----1879
----------------14----5
--------------131-----5
----------------1-----1
Total----------421312138887244545----1890
 ----------0%0%1%6%21%46%24%2%---- 
1909 S VDB 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1728274168382---518
----------------11----2
----------------11----2
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Total------------1728274170402---522
 ------------0%1%5%52%33%8%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S VDB 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1450146115211583165818431886192820292124219722502268231924012555291039024153441548605336
1454148115421608172018571900196220612148221522562285234624522673324139864240456350190
0000001900196220612148221522562285234624522673324139864240456300
0000001914199520922173223222622302237425042792357140694328471200
1909 S VDB 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1755180618571909196320172072213021872247230723352385243326432807323844314706499454806001
1772182318741927198120352091214922072267231623522401250326982951363645234802515656540
0000002091214922072267231623522401250326982951363645234802515600
0000002111216822272287232623682417257327523094403346144898531800
1909 S VDB 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18521901195520092065212121792238229823602423245125252699279430333712592213762143951545116564
1868191919732028208421402199225823192381243224762583273128743259444985351397314747158220
000000219922582319238124322476258327312874325944498535139731474700
0000002218227823392402244225002641276229533486518511149141841509900
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Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 4523
Owner: LGRIMES
 
Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 4523
Owner: wheat'swheats
 
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