Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 484,000
Catalog: KM-132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11g
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time of issue because of the controversial initials V.D.B. The public assumed, incorrectly, that this variety would be withdrawn.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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/29/2016

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1909 S VDB 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 760 815 875 950 1150 1250 1375 1500 1600 1700 1775 1900 2150 2800 5250 - - - -
$ - - 1450 - - - - - - - - - -
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1875 1950 2300 2600 3500 7000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2900 4400 - - -
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 2100 2400 2575 3050 4700 14000 145000 - - -
$ - - - - - 2200 2475 2750 3500 8550 32500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 8557
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/3/2007 NGC MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 174, 180/Lot# 80 $2,185.00
2/3/2010 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 161 $5,462.50
7/7/2011 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7270 $632.50
5/27/2012 NGC MS 64   Red Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1228 $21,060.00
9/2/2012 NGC VF 25   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/02/2012, 38/Lot# 63445 $140.80
10/17/2012 PCGS VF 20   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 608 $718.75
1/14/2013 PCGS VF 20   Brown Teletrade Auction 3413, 3413/Lot# 1117 $650.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 950 $2,526.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S VDB 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1581162816751724177318241876192820482179223323022335236824642525300939024153441546905154
1597164416911740179018411893196820922197225623132346240024842686330739864240450748450
0000001893196820922197225623132346240024842686330739864240450700
0000001911200821352215227923242357243225052848360440694328459800
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1755180618571909196320172072213021872247230723682417255526712699334543194589487151675665
1772182318741927198120352091214922072267232723842463259426802914367044094683497053330
0000002091214922072267232723842463259426802914367044094683497000
0000002111216822272287234824012509263226903130399444994777506800
1909 S VDB 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17211771182118721926197920342090214722052265232525252699280731034217632413762143951505016141
1738178818381890194419972053210921662225228523922583273529063474491988031397314613154140
000000205321092166222522852392258327352906347449198803139731461300
0000002071212821862245230524582641277130043846562211283141841483200
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Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 4409
Owner: LGRIMES
 
Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 4409
Owner: M. WHEAT
 
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