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Obverse of 1909-S One Cent - Indian Head     Reverse of 1909-S One Cent - Indian Head


1909-S ONE CENT - INDIAN HEAD (see also 1909-S One Cent - Lincoln)

PCGS Nos: 2238, 2239, 2240

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 309,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: James B. Longacre

Diameter: 19 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 95%
Tin and Zinc - 5%

Weight: 3.11 grams

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco) below the bow of the wreath on the reverse

Notes:
The 1909-S Indian Head Cent has THE lowest mintage of the entire series (at 309,000 pieces, the mintage is less than half that of the revered 1877 Indian Head Cent).  Collectors love this date not only for its rarity but because it is one of only two dates struck at the San Francisco Mint (the other being the 1908-S).  1909 was the last year of production for the Indian Head Cent and fore-sighted collectors saved many nice examples, thus keeping the price of Uncirculated examples reasonable relative to their rarity.  Many counterfeit examples of this date exist, so certification is a must. 

The finest Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65BN's.

The finest Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66RB.

The finest Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67RD.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-66 Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 2056, sold for $12,650.00

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6646, not illustrated, sold for $4,025.00 

PCGS MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6644, not illustrated, sold for $1,092.50

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7612, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 253, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

NGC MS-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6645, not illustrated, sold for $948.75

NGC MS-64 Red.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5916, not plated, sold for $977.50

NGC MS-64 Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 62, sold for $1,063.75

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7613, not illustrated, sold for $1,092.50

MS-64 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 173, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

MS-64 Red, Lightly Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5101, not illustrated, sold for $506.00

MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 63, sold for $667.00

MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5100, not illustrated, sold for $805.00

NGC MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7611, not illustrated, sold for $576.15

MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 294, illustrated, sold for $604.00

MS-64 (illustrated above).  From Superior Stamp & Coin's "Pre-Long Beach Sale", February 7-8, 2000, Lot 59, "Mint State 64.  Red and Brown", sold for $1,035.00

MS-64 Brown.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6666, not illustrated, sold for $471.50

Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 188, sold for $575.00

ANACS MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7610, not illustrated, sold for $488.75

NGC MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1236, sold for $437.00

MS-62 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 174, not illustrated, sold for $437.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 189, sold for $368.00

ANACS MS-62 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6643, not illustrated, sold for $546.25

MS-62 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5099, not illustrated, sold for $644.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 172, not plated,  sold for $517.50

Almost Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 173, not plated,  sold for $448.50

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4105, not illustrated, sold for $431.25

AU-58 Questionable color.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5437, not plated, sold for $379.50

AU-55.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4106, not illustrated, sold for $414.00

ANACS Cleaned Unc Details, Net AU-50.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5915, not plated, sold for $379.50

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1237, sold for $391.00

ANACS EF-40.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7609, not illustrated, sold for $299.00

EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 295, not illustrated, sold for $322.00

EF.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 200, not plated, sold for $373.75

Choice Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 167, not plated, sold for $431.25

VF-30.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5474, not illustrated, sold for $287.50

VF-25.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 296, not illustrated, sold for $ 299.00

About Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 174, not plated, sold for $310.50

PCGS Fine 15.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4107, not illustrated, sold for $258.75

PCGS Fine-15.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 175, not illustrated, sold for $253.00

PCGS Fine 12.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4108, not illustrated, sold for $258.75

Fine-12.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5473, not illustrated, sold for $241.50

PCGS graded MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1336, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…With the typical pale golden yellow color always seen on these, as compared to the brick red blazers of a few years earlier. Only 87 have been graded this high, with 9 graded higher by PCGS. The lowest mintage date in the series, with just 309,000 struck, most of which entered circulation for a time. Final year of issue as momentum finally placed Lincoln on our one cent coins, later in 1909 to commemorate his 100th year since birth. From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister.", sold for $1,437.00

PCGS graded MS-64 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1337, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…Bright red with just a bit of brown toning starting to close in on the reverse. A touch weak on the ends of some of the head dress feathers, and nearly a gem. This is the lowest mintage date of the series, and is seldom found this nice.", sold for $1,092.00

EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1338, not illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…Cleaned and one that needs to be retoned. A scarce, low-mintage date.", sold for $345.00

VF-20.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1339, not illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…A nice coin for the grade with full LIBERTY and excellent surfaces. The color is even and brown. Purchased from Ira S. Reed, 6/29/45 for $15.", sold for $270.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October
2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

 
 

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