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SERIES: Lincoln Cents 1909-1958
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1909 VDB 1C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN


PCGS MS66BN
PCGS #:
2423
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
Victor David Brenner
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
27,995,000
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$4,830 • MS62 • 9-1-2002 • Heritage
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All Grades 3,000,000 R-1.0 26 / 143 TIE 29 / 146 TIE
60 or Better 40,000 R-2.6 143 / 143 145 / 146
65 or Better 20,000 R-2.8 142 / 143 142 / 146
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David Hall: The 1909 Lincoln cent was struck to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The designer was Lithuanian immigrant sculptor Victor D. Brenner. The original design featured the designer's initials "V.D.B" at the bottom of the reverse and those initials were relatively large. The placement and appearance of the initials was widely criticized in the newspapers of the day. The Mint responded by removing the initials. For the rest of 1909 and until 1918 when they were placed much less noticeably on the bottom truncation of Lincoln's bust, the designer's initials were nowhere to be found on the Lincoln cent. But before the initials were removed, 27,995,000 1909 "VDB" Lincoln cents were struck.

This coin was saved in huge quantities by first year of issue souvenir savers, Lincoln and history lovers, and maybe by a few speculators feeling the VDB initials would soon be dropped. Over the years I have seen many original Uncirculated rolls and mini-hoards of this coin. Today, there are probably 30,000 to 40,000 Mint State survivors and maybe as many as 20,000 full Red Gems. The coin is usually very well struck. The full Red Gems are often "very Red" in appearance, not subdued at all. This is by far the easiest of the early Philadelphia Lincoln cents to find in Gem full Red condition.