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time of issue because of the controversial initials V.D.B. The public assumed, incorrectly, that this variety would be withdrawn.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: 10/8/2019

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1909 S VDB 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 725 800 865 1000 1050 1130 1230 1280 1380 1480 1530 1600 1700 2000 2875 5000 20000 - - -
$ - 1180 1250 1350 1430 - - 1650 1780 2025 3300 - - -
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1600 1710 1800 2150 2500 3450 6125 27500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2825 4400 9000 - -
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2000 2300 2575 2950 4875 10600 105000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 2200 - 2750 3250 7500 27500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9658
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: 10/8/2019 1909 S VDB 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base29640514661774452577175193404501211633735030110115----7267
----------------1-----1
---------1---111------4
-----------------------
Total29640514661774452577175193405501211633835130210215----7272
 0 %1 %6 %20 %24 %6 %8 %2 %3 %6 %7 %0 %2 %5 %5 %4 %1 %0 %---- 
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------321311938187044244----1874
----------------14----5
--------------131-----5
----------------1-----1
Total----------321311938287344548----1885
 ----------0 %0 %1 %6 %20 %46 %24 %3 %---- 
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1728273169381---517
----------------11----2
----------------11----2
-----------------------
Total------------1728273171401---521
 ------------0 %1 %5 %52 %33 %8 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
10/25/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1953, 1953/Lot# 1020 $2,420.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Brown Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2446 $1,868.75
12/3/2009 NGC MS 62   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 101 $1,725.00
12/19/2011 NGC AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 646, 653/Lot# 2019 $1,414.50
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 50   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1642 $1,121.25
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1010 $2,925.00
1/8/2014 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3492 $1,997.50
7/20/2014 PCGS VF 35   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 178036 $880.00
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1227/Lot# 3027 $3,890.43


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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