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time of issue because of the controversial initials V.D.B. The public assumed, incorrectly, that this variety would be withdrawn.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: 7/21/2017

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1909 S VDB 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 760 815 875 950 1150 1250 1300 1400 1475 1550 1675 1700 1775 2000 2800 5250 20000 - - -
$ - 1260 1325 1425 1485 - - 1710 1795 2025 3300 - - -
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1600 1775 1950 2150 2450 3500 7000 27500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2750 4400 - - -
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2000 2300 2575 2950 4950 13750 145000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 2200 - 2750 3600 8000 30500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9003
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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8/24/2008 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2575, 2575/Lot# 1011 $2,744.00
1/27/2011 NGC AU 55   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 553, 560/Lot# 5042 $1,265.00
1/30/2011 NGC MS 62   Brown Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1174 $1,560.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1010 $2,925.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(2), 1173/Lot# 3648 $3,965.63
10/17/2012 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24172 $1,123.30
4/27/2014 PCGS AU 58   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 189114 $1,028.60
4/27/2016 PCGS VF 20   Brown Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7175 $705.00
4/27/2016 NGC F 12   Brown Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7173 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S VDB 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1450146115211583165818431886192820292124219722502268231924012555291039024153441548605336
1454148115421608172018571900196220612148221522562285234624522673324139864240456350190
0000001900196220612148221522562285234624522673324139864240456300
0000001914199520922173223222622302237425042792357140694328471200
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1755180618571909196320172072213021872247230723352385243326432807323844314706499454806001
1772182318741927198120352091214922072267231623522401250326982951363645234802515656540
0000002091214922072267231623522401250326982951363645234802515600
0000002111216822272287232623682417257327523094403346144898531800
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red
 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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