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1909 V.D.B. ONE CENT

PCGS Nos: 2423, 2424, 2425, 3300, 3301, 3302

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 27,995,000
Proofs: 
1,194

Designer: Victor David Brenner

Diameter: 19 millimeters

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

Weight: 48 grains (3.11 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) below the date

Notes:
The Lincoln Cent, America’s most enduring design type, debuted in 1909.  Created by Victor David Brenner, the new coin featured a portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the front and two “ears” of wheat on the back.  Although the coin was an immediate success, complaints were raised about the presence of Brenner’s initials (V.D.B.) on the back of the coin.  As a result, new dies were made without the initials, creating two varieties for the year.  Although Brenner’s initials re-appeared in 1918 (hidden at the base of Lincoln’s bust), their prominence on the 1909-VDB Cent makes this an extremely popular variety.

The finest Uncirculated Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66BN's.  The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 27 MS-66RB's  The finest Uncirculated Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68RD.

The finest Proof Brown example graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65BN's.  The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-66RB's.  The finest Proof Red examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-67RD's.

Recent appearances:
PCGS graded Proof 66 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1351, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "VDB…One of the very finest proofs graded of this important one year type coin, only 9 have been graded as such by PCGS, with just 2 coins graded higher. The surfaces are pristine, and boast full flaming fiery red color throughout, no signs of spotting or age, only the slightest mellowing of the original color. Only 420 were struck in Proof, and precious few even qualify as gems, much less as superb gems as offered here. If you demand a pinnacle coin for your portfolio, then see if this piece suits your needs. Color photo.", sold for $20,700.00

PCGS Proof-66 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6731, illustrated, sold for $14,950.00

PCGS Proof 65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6730, illustrated, sold for $4,945.00

NGC MS-67, Red - Superb!  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4109, not illustrated, sold for $258.75

IGC MS-67 Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 64 sold for $69.00

NGC MS-67 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7652, not illustrated, sold for $264.50

PCGS MS-67 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8575, not illustrated, sold for $575.00  From the Mike Hughes Collection

PCGS MS-66 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 298, not illustrated, sold for $230.00

PCGS MS-66 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 299, not illustrated, sold for $103.00

PCGS MS-66 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 300, not illustrated, sold for $529.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated, Red.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 135, plated, sold for $120.75  Purchased privately from Flynn on October 2, 1966

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

 
 

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