1909 VDB 1C, RB (Proof)

Series: Lincoln Cents 1909-1958

PCGS PR67+RB<BR>Image courtesy of BluCC Photos (McCullagh Collection)

PCGS PR67+RB
Image courtesy of BluCC Photos (McCullagh Collection)

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PCGS PR67RB

PCGS PR67RB

PCGS PR66RB

PCGS PR66RB

PCGS #:
3301
Designer:
Victor David Brenner
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Weight:
3.11 grams
Mintage:
1,194
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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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 147 R-7.5 1 / 19 1 / 19
60 or Better 147 R-7.5 1 / 19 1 / 19
65 or Better 67 R-8.3 1 / 19 1 / 19
Survival Estimate
All Grades 147
60 or Better 147
65 or Better 67
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.5
60 or Better R-7.5
65 or Better R-8.3
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 19
60 or Better 1 / 19
65 or Better 1 / 19
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 1 / 19
60 or Better 1 / 19
65 or Better 1 / 19

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR67+RB PCGS grade

John Story Jenks (one of two 1909 VDB matte proofs in the auction) - Stack's, sold privately - Eric Steiner - Michael Ruben - Evan Gale (Aspen Park Rare Coins), sold privately around 1993-94 - Legend Numismatics - Brian Wagner Rare Coins - McCullagh Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Heritage 8/2014:5536, $258,500

2 PR67RB estimated grade
2 PR67RB estimated grade
4 PR66+RB PCGS grade
5 PR66RB PCGS grade
5 PR66RB PCGS grade
5 PR66RB PCGS grade
5 PR66RB PCGS grade
5 PR66RB PCGS grade
5 PR66RB PCGS grade
#1 PR67+RB PCGS grade

John Story Jenks (one of two 1909 VDB matte proofs in the auction) - Stack's, sold privately - Eric Steiner - Michael Ruben - Evan Gale (Aspen Park Rare Coins), sold privately around 1993-94 - Legend Numismatics - Brian Wagner Rare Coins - McCullagh Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Heritage 8/2014:5536, $258,500

#2 PR67RB estimated grade
#2 PR67RB estimated grade
#4 PR66+RB PCGS grade
#5 PR66RB PCGS grade
#5 PR66RB PCGS grade
#5 PR66RB PCGS grade
#5 PR66RB PCGS grade
#5 PR66RB PCGS grade
#5 PR66RB PCGS grade
Jaime Hernandez: The 1909 V.D.B. Matte Proof Lincoln Cent is by far the scarcest of all the Matte Proof Lincoln cents produced from 1909 to 1916, and including for all non error proof Lincoln cents produced from 1909 to date.

Surprisingly, the 1909 V.D.B. Matte Proof Lincoln Cent is not the lowest mintage coin in the Lincoln Matte Proof series as believed for many years. Instead, the 1916 is actually the lowest mintage coin in the Matte Proof Lincoln cent series, followed by the 1915 Matte Proof and then the 1909 V.D.B. Proof, which is the third lowest mintage in the series.

Throughout the years, many 1909 V.D.B. business strike cents have been presented or described as Matte Proof coins. However, an authentic 1909 V.D.B. Matte Proof Lincoln Cent will display great details and square sharp edged rims. Genuine examples will also have a die marker touching the back of Lincoln's coat and right underneath the R and T of Liberty. Authentic examples will also display several die scratches in front of Lincoln’s nose.

It's a mystery as to why there are less than 200 examples in existence of the 1909 V.D.B. Matte Proof Lincoln cents, when coins such as the 1916 with the lowest mintage exist in higher numbers. In 1909, or the year in which the Lincoln cents was originally introduced, there was great demand for 1909 V.D.B. cents. Perhaps, the Mint gave some of them out as business strike coins to meet the demand or even worst, maybe the Mint destroyed any examples that they couldn't sell.

Whatever the case is, the 1909 V.D.B. Matte Proof Lincoln Cent has always been the most desired coin in the Matte Proof Lincoln cent series.