1909 VDB 1C, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Lincoln Cents 1909-1958

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS #:
2423
Designer:
Victor David Brenner
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Weight:
3.11 grams
Mintage:
27,995,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,000,000
60 or Better 40,000
65 or Better 20,000
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-1.0
60 or Better R-2.6
65 or Better R-2.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 26 / 143 TIE
60 or Better 143 / 143
65 or Better 142 / 143
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 29 / 146 TIE
60 or Better 145 / 146
65 or Better 142 / 146

Condition Census What Is This?

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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.