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The Michael J. Kittle Collection - 2nd

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Rank

2
GPA with Top Bonuses

65.801
GPA Weighted

65.801
Complete

100.00%
Set Rating

65.801

About This Set: Overall, the 1909 Mint Set is a great and challenging set to collect as it was a very special year for U.S. coins. Most notably, it was the year of the transition from the Indian Head Cent design to the Lincoln Cent design. That transition, combined with the subsequent controversy over the V.D.B. initials on the Lincoln Cent, resulted in six different business strike cents to collect for the year (plus several varieties). This was also the second year of cent production outside of the Philadelphia Mint and the final year of coin production at the New Orleans Mint. Several of the coins of this year are famous key-date coins and a few others are well-known semi-key dates. Additionally, several varieties exist on the 1909 issues, many of which I have included in the photos of my set below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. Thank you for looking and thank you to PCGS for awarding my set as a Best of the Registry Award Winner!

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The Michael J. Kittle Collection

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1909 1C Indian 2237 1909 1C MS66RD 188 41 18842
Mintage: 14,368,470; Weight: 3.11 grams; Composition: .950 copper, .050 tin and zinc; Diameter: 19 mm; Plain Edge; Designer: James B. Longacre ===== Purchased from Angel Dee’s Coins and Collectibles – September 2008. Although the 1909 Indian Head Cent is widely available in gem condition, the final year Indian Cent becomes much scarcer at the MS66RD level. The present coin is one of my favorite coins in the entire set. This example has very few marks worth mentioning, exhibits tons of original luster and a very attractive golden-red color which lightens to a more straw-gold color towards the centers. I really love to show this one off.
1909-S 1C Indian 2240 1909-S 1C MS65RD 148 28 14828
Mintage: 309,000; Weight: 3.11 grams; Composition: .950 copper, .050 tin and zinc; Diameter: 19 mm; Plain Edge; Designer: James B. Longacre ===== Purchased from Eagle Eye Rare Coins – December 2009. The 1909-S has the lowest mintage of any coin in the entire Indian Head Cent series. To find another business strike cent with a mintage lower than this date you would have to look all the way back to 1811 (excluding the 1856 Flying Eagle Cent). Accordingly, the 1909-S Indian Head Cent is indeed a major key-date. Though the two issues are currently priced similarly, the 1909-S Indian Head Cent is much scarcer than the more popular 1909-S V.D.B. The present coin is well struck for the date and is a very nice bright golden-red color. It is a true gem in all respects. This example was originally purchased in an old green-label holder which was Photo Sealed by Rick Snow.
1909 1C Lincoln 2431 1909 1C MS66+ RD 27 82 2782
Mintage: 72,702,618; Weight: 3.11 grams; Composition: .950 copper, .050 tin and zinc; Diameter: 19 mm; Plain Edge; Designer: Victor D. Brenner ===== Purchased from Angel Dee's Coins and Collectibles – February 2009. Mintage of the 1909 Lincoln Cent commenced only a couple of weeks following the initial release of the 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent as a result of the negative reaction to the designer’s initials featured on the reverse. This coin has the highest mintage of all of the 1909 cent varieties. Even with the highest mintage number, the 1909 Lincoln Cent is less available that the lower mintage 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent in grades of MS66RD and higher which was apparently saved in greater numbers. The present example was the first example certified MS66+RD, has no marks of note and exhibits some light blue-green toning on its lustrous surfaces. There are also a few very minor doubled die reverse varieties of the 1909 Lincoln Cent, none of which are listed in the Cherrypickers’ Guide nor recognized by PCGS. An ANACS MS64RD example of the doubled die reverse is also pictured here.
1909 VDB 1C 2425 1909 VDB 1C MS67RD 256 22 25922
Mintage: 27,995,000; Weight: 3.11 grams; Composition: .950 copper, .050 tin and zinc; Diameter: 19 mm; Plain Edge; Designer: Victor D. Brenner ===== Purchased from Angel Dee’s Coins and Collectibles – May 2010. The 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent is a highly desirable first year issue as well as a one-year type coin. The first Lincoln Cents were released to the public on August 2, 1909. Very soon after their initial release, complaints were made regarding the prominent V.D.B. initials of the coin’s designer featured on the lower reverse even though other U.S. coins of the era feature the initial or initials of the designer. In response to such complaints, the Mint ordered the initials removed from the design. Although the 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent is generally available in the MS67RD grade, with just over 200 examples graded by PCGS alone, the present example was carefully and patiently selected from countless examples. The coin is nearly flawless, is practically dripping with luster and is likely one of the best surviving 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cents. There are also two doubled die obverse varieties of the 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent listed in the Cherrypickers’ Guide. An MS64RB example of the more prominent doubled die obverse, the FS-1101, as well as an MS67RB example of the less prominent doubled die obverse, the FS-1102, are also pictured here.
1909-S 1C Lincoln 2434 1909-S 1C MS66RD 168 28 24341
Mintage: 1,825,000; Weight: 3.11 grams; Composition: .950 copper, .050 tin and zinc; Diameter: 19 mm; Plain Edge; Designer: Victor D. Brenner ===== Purchased from private party – April 2009. The 1909-S Lincoln Cent has the fourth lowest mintage of all regular issue Lincoln Cents and is a semi-key-date in the series. However, the importance and rarity of the 1909-S Lincoln Cent is often overlooked given the popularity of both of the major key-date 1909 cents; the 1909-S Indian Cent and the 1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln Cent. The present example is a bright-red specimen which is very beautiful in hand. The coin has virtually no noticeable marks and no spotting. This example is encapsulated in an old green-label holder. There are also two varieties of this date which feature repunched mintmarks. An MS64RB example of the very scare “S over S” variety, the FS-1501, and an MS65RD example of the much more common “S over Horizontal S” variety, the FS-1502, are also pictured here.
1909-S VDB 1C 2428 1909-S VDB 1C MS65RD 890 269 890269
Mintage: 484,000; Weight: 3.11 grams; Composition: .950 copper, .050 tin and zinc; Diameter: 19 mm; Plain Edge; Designer: Victor D. Brenner ===== Purchased from Eagle Eye Rare Coins – September 2008. Just about every collector of U.S. coins knows the 1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln Cent as one of the most popular key-date coins in all of numismatics and is highly ranked in the “100 Greatest U.S. Coins.” The wide availability of this coin, even in mint state grades, is somewhat offset by the extreme demand for this special coin. It is the lowest mintage business strike Lincoln Cent and had the lowest mintage of any small cent aside from the 1909-S Indian Head Cent and the 1856 Flying Eagle Cent. The present example is a solid gem example which exhibits excellent color and subtle rim toning. Although I typically think of other coins in this set as my favorites, this coin was by far my favorite coin to purchase. Ever since I started collecting as a kid I wanted to own a 1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln Cent and finally getting one of them, especially in gem condition, was just awesome.
1909 5C 3870 1909 5C MS66 34 5 345
Mintage: 11,585,763; Weight: 5 grams; Composition: .750 copper, .250 nickel; Diameter: 21.2 mm; Plain Edge; Designer: Charles E. Barber ===== Purchased from Heritage CSNS U.S. Coin Auction #1124 – May 2009. With the exception of the two branch mint issues, and of course ultra-famous 1913, all 20th century Liberty Nickels are basically common dates based on their mintages. That said, the 1909 Liberty Nickel is the lowest mintage Philadelphia Liberty Nickel of the 20th century, though it really does not become a condition rarity until the MS66 level. The present example displays stunning luster and remarkably well struck design elements. The coin is essentially untoned, both sides of the piece are distraction-free, and surface marks of any kind are virtually nonexistent. Neither of the major grading services has certified a higher graded example of this date as of my purchase.
1909 10C 4850 1909 10C MS66 11 3 113
Mintage: 10,240,000; Weight: 2.5 grams; Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper; Diameter: 17.9 mm; Reeded Edge; Designer: Charles E. Barber ===== Purchased from private party – August 2009. The 1909 Barber Dime is considered a common-date in the series with a mintage just over ten million. Despite that, the coin is far from common in MS66 or better condition. The present example is booming with luster is well struck. The coin has some faint dirty toning on the obverse that sort of gives the coin a little character but is not overly distracting in hand. The reverse of the coin is essential perfect.
1909-D 10C 4851 1909-D 10C MS66 14 11 1411
Mintage: 954,000; Weight: 2.5 grams; Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper; Diameter: 17.9 mm; Reeded Edge; Designer: Charles E. Barber ===== Purchased from Heritage CSNS U.S. Coin Auction #1124 – May 2009. A generally overlooked issue, the 1909-D Barber Dime is one that only series specialists tend to truly appreciate. The issue is the only Denver minted Barber Dime with a mintage below one million coins and is by far the lowest production of any other Barber Dime minted in Denver. The present example features whispers of light golden-tan across its frosty and lustrous surfaces. A well executed strike leaves bold detail on the design elements, and close examination reveals just a few minor handling marks on the portrait, but this specimen is far and away finer than virtually all others of this date. PCGS has not yet certified a higher graded example of this date as of my purchase.
1909-O 10C 4852 1909-O 10C MS65 17 20 1720
Mintage: 2,287,000; Weight: 2.5 grams; Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper; Diameter: 17.9 mm; Reeded Edge; Designer: Charles E. Barber ===== Purchased from Northeast Numismatics – February 2009. The 1909-O Barber Dime is significant as the final dime issue from the New Orleans Mint. Although this issue is generally considered to have one of the poorest overall strikes of any Barber Dime, the present example is fairly well struck. The coin is mostly white and lustrous on the obverse and the reverse has a bit of dirty toning near the rims. Very few examples have been certified in a higher grade than the present specimen.
1909-S 10C 4853 1909-S 10C MS65 6 9 69
Mintage: 1,000,000; Weight: 2.5 grams; Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper; Diameter: 17.9 mm; Reeded Edge; Designer: Charles E. Barber ===== Purchased from Heritage Long Beach U.S. Coin Auction #1140 – June 2010. The 1909-S is a surprisingly scarce issue in the Barber Dime series in spite of a mintage of an even one million pieces. Many pieces are weakly struck and do not show full details. This present example shows some soft detailing on Liberty’s forecurls and overall softness on the leaves in the wreath. The coin has bright and frosted luster, however, and there are no mentionable abrasions that interrupt the flow of luster around each side. While there is considerable brightness and even some original brilliance still to be seen, each side also displays speckled multicolored golden, rose, and blue toning. The 1909-S Barber Dime was the final coin I acquired in completing my 1909 Mint Set exclusive of the gold issues.
1909 25C 5653 1909 25C MS65 65 27 6527
Mintage: 9,268,000; Weight: 6.25 grams; Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper; Diameter: 24.3 mm; Reeded Edge; Designer: Charles E. Barber ===== Purchased from Type Coin Company – September 2008. The 1909 Barber Quarter is a common date in the series. This Philadelphia issue is also frequently found sharply struck. Although a common date in the series, all Barber Quarters in gem condition are to be appreciated. The present coin exhibits no toning or other issues worthy of mention. Well struck and lustrous, the coin is a wonderful representative of the type.
1909-D 25C 5654 1909-D 25C MS66 17 6 176
Mintage: 5,114,000; Weight: 6.25 grams; Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper; Diameter: 24.3 mm; Reeded Edge; Designer: Charles E. Barber ===== Purchased from Kaminski Coin Company – March 2009. ex. Dale Friend. Although the mintage of the 1909-D Barber Quarter is relatively high, the coin more difficult to find in gem and higher grades than its mintage would indicate. The present example is an amazing coin. The coin is deeply toned on both the obverse and reverse and exhibits a multitude of colors which radiate as the underlying luster passes through. Although a slight weakness in the strike is noted, this coin is all there when it comes to overall eye appeal. Very few coins of this date have been certified at this level of quality and very few of those, if any, are likely to have the eye appeal of the present example.
1909-O 25C 5655 1909-O 25C MS64 19 8 198
Mintage: 712,000; Weight: 6.25 grams; Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper; Diameter: 24.3 mm; Reeded Edge; Designer: Charles E. Barber ===== Purchased from private party – October 2008. The Barber Quarter produced during the final year of operations at the New Orleans Mint is a semi-key date in the series and a very difficult coin to find in all but the very lowest of grades. Because of the big three key-dates in the series, the 1909-O Barber Quarter is often overlooked and is considered by some to be one of the most underrated dates in the series. Not only is the date difficult to find, but once one is found it is difficult to find with a decent strike. The present example is very well struck for the date. This all white example has slightly muted luster and just a few small hits in the fields which limit the grade. Less than ten examples have been certified by PCGS in gem condition or better.
1909-S 25C 5656 1909-S 25C MS66 13 4 134
Mintage: 1,348,000; Weight: 6.25 grams; Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper; Diameter: 24.3 mm; Reeded Edge; Designer: Charles E. Barber ===== Purchased from David Lawrence Rare Coins – June 2009. Although the 1909-S Barber Quarter has a relatively low mintage, it is not nearly as difficult to find as the New Orleans example. That said, the coin is a tough coin to find in gem condition or better. Unlike the famous San Francisco cents of 1909, the 1909-S Barber Quarter was obviously not saved in quantity. The present example is a beautiful coin that shows great looking cartwheel luster. The coin also exhibits the slightest bit of toning around the rims. Only a couple of coins exist of this date in higher grade. This example was originally purchased in an old green-label holder.
1909 50C 6516 1909 50C MS65 65 15 6515
Mintage: 2,368,000; Weight: 12.5 grams; Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper; Diameter: 30.6 mm; Reeded Edge; Designer: Charles E. Barber ===== Purchased from Certified Assets Management – May 2009. The 1909 Barber Half is one of the most available dates in the series in mint state condition. However, the coin is most frequently encountered in grades of MS64 or below; in MS65 and above, the coin is much rarer. The present example features a medley of pastel violet, greenish-yellow, and lilac patina which resides on highly lustrous surfaces. A solid strike results in excellent definition on the design elements. A few trivial marks concealed within the toning likely limit the grade.
1909-O 50C 6517 1909-O 50C MS65 10 4 104
Mintage: 925,400; Weight: 12.5 grams; Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper; Diameter: 30.6 mm; Reeded Edge; Designer: Charles E. Barber ===== Purchased from Harry Laibstain Rare Coins – February 2009. ex. Dale Friend. The 1909-O Barber Half was the final New Orleans Barber Half before that facility permanently shut off its coin presses and is one of the better dates in the series. The present example exhibits a trace of champagne toning, surrounded by pale lilac in the obverse fields. The reverse is mostly brilliant with frosty silver surfaces and traces of similar pale lilac, more intense at the lower right. The far right of the shield on the reverse is slightly weak, which is common for the date, but the coin is otherwise boldly detailed. A couple of small hidden marks likely limit the grade. The coin is easily one of my favorite coins in the set as it has the eye appeal of an MS66 or MS67 example and is one of the best survivors of the date.
1909-S 50C 390501 1909-S 50C MS64 1 1 2235
Mintage: 1,764,000; Weight: 12.5 grams; Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper; Diameter: 30.6 mm; Reeded Edge; Designer: Charles E. Barber ===== Purchased in Heritage Long Beach U.S. Coin Auction #1116 – September 2008 (then in an NGC MS65 holder). Similar to the 1909-S Barber Quarter, the 1909-S Barber Half is not a difficult coin to acquire in circulated grades, but finding the coin in mint state is challenging. The present example was a blast white gem coin which I decided to submit to PCGS for crossover and variety designation in order to have the FS-501 Inverted Mintmark variety denoted on the holder. I have seen estimates that approximately one-quarter to one-third of the entire mintage of 1909-S Barber Half Dollars exhibit the inverted mintmark. The concept of an inverted S mintmark is difficult from some to comprehend, as would be an inverted O mintmark, but the difference is easily seen, especially when compared alongside a normal S mintmark. PCGS disagreed with the previous NGC grade and the coin was downgraded to an MS64. Though the coin was almost certainly dipped in the past, has slightly muted luster and exhibits a few light abrasions, this coin is a very solid Barber Half and is very high end for the current MS64 grade.

COMMENTS

What a great set. The 09 O half is a stunner among other great coins. Nice job putting together such wonderful set and thank you for sharing it with us.

Posted @ 9/10/2013 9:14 AM By MWoodsCollection

Wonderful set, great pictures! Glad to see my former 1909-O quarter is still part of your set!

Posted @ 12/1/2011 12:55 PM By Connecticoin

Mike, this set is one of my favorites in the PCGS Registry. Awesome is an understatement!

Posted @ 1/6/2011 5:28 AM By Dsessom

Thank you everyone for the nice comments. I have learned quite a bit and have had lots of fun putting this set together. I am honored that this set has been selected as one of the Best of the Registry! Thank you PCGS!

Posted @ 9/1/2010 3:16 PM By illini420

Amazing set Mike! - only need to work on the svdb? j/k

Posted @ 8/28/2010 9:39 PM By rlarick

Congrats! It is a very impressive set. ~ Greg

Posted @ 7/29/2010 6:53 PM By keyman64

Congratulations Mike!!! on 100% complete and an AWESOME set. Very professionally displayed.

Posted @ 3/11/2010 2:47 AM By dbemike

Thanks Mike for allowing me to see this really kool set in person at the 09' ANA show...

Posted @ 8/9/2009 9:06 PM By robkool

WOW!!!

Posted @ 4/7/2009 11:35 AM By rcmlgm

Fantastic Additions Mike, that 1909-O half is gorgeous.

Posted @ 3/2/2009 12:22 PM By dbemike