Description and Analysis
1909 INDIAN 1C MS
Description & Analysis
Production of Indian Head Cents was terminated in the spring of 1909, as the Mint anticipated that the Lincoln Cent dies would be ready shortly. This proved to not be the case, but there seems to have been enough cents on hand to wait out the delay.
In any other year such a relatively low mintage would have resulted in a rare issue, but this date was widely hoarded in Mint State as the last of its kind. Fully red gems are more available for 1909 than for any other coin in the series.
Starting with 1909's coinage across all denominations, dates were no longer punched into each working die. Instead, the master die for this year included a complete date that was transferred without any irregularities to all working hubs and working dies. Thus, there were no more repunched or misplaced dates.