Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 27,995,000
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1909 VDB 1C MS obverse 1909 VDB 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The first emission of the Lincoln Cent debuted in August of 1909 to wide acclaim. The only fly in the ointment was a newspaper campaign against Victor D. Brenner's small initials on the coin's reverse. This had been a compromise from his original insertion of his full surname, but the greater scrutiny given to the cent as opposed to other coins compelled the Mint to cease production of this variety and produce all subsequent cents through 1917 without the designer's initials.

This issue was quite widely hoarded by both numismatists and the general public, with the result that Mint State examples are very common right up through the fully red gem level.

A couple of doubled-die obverse varieties are known, with one of these recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/25/2020

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1909 VDB 1C MS BN
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Base $ 8.50 10.50 12.00 13.00 15.00 15.50 16.50 18.00 20.00 22.00 24.00 26.00 30.00 50.00 75.00 180 275 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 35.00 60.00 95.00 - - -
1909 VDB 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 24.00 25.00 27.00 50.00 70.00 100.00 175 950 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 55.00 75.00 115 250 1750 -
1909 VDB 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 28.00 35.00 60.00 90.00 165 325 1100 19250 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 65.00 115 185 400 2500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 15440
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1909 VDB 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1641551475785375596133-28190394415276483---2076
----------------11----2
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Total-1641551475785375596133-28190394415277493---2078
 -1%2%3%7%3%4%2%3%5%6%-1%9%19%20%13%2%0%--- 
1909 VDB 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-316711282328156136730---5585
----------------3811--13
---------------213----6
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Total----------1-3167112823301565378311--5604
 ----------0%-0%3%20%42%28%7%1%0%-- 
1909 VDB 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-240585259330821379952--7779
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--------------1711301---50
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Total----------1-240586260030931409962--7829
 ----------0%-0%1%7%33%40%18%1%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 VDB 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28323750546367727681858998102131171265409620684798925
29344151576469737882869299112144202313479641722840971
0000006973788286929911214420231347964172200
00000070757984889510112115823436155066376000
1909 VDB 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3237415459677276818589981021112012883665631658179220222273
3438455662697378828692991051412303144329281703186921062387
0000007378828692991051412303144329281703186900
000000757984889510110817125934049712931747194500
1909 VDB 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37414559637276818589941021151432303515278202009713877698529
384250606673788286919710612417227041062512163719734880228955
000000788286919710612417227041062512163719734800
000000798488929911113420131146872216135428755900
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Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 2009
Owner: BJOH067
 
Grade: MS 67 RD
Points: 2009
Owner: Just coins
 
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