1909 VDB 1C, RB PR66RB Certification #39179498, PCGS #3301

Expert Comments

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.
PCGS #
3301
Designer
Victor David Brenner
Edge
Plain
Diameter
19.00 millimeters
Weight
3.11 grams
Mintage
1,194
Metal
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Pop Higher
2
Pop Lower
75
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 147 R-7.5 1 / 19 1 / 19
All Grades 147 R-7.5 1 / 19 1 / 19
60 or Better 67 R-8.3 1 / 19 1 / 19
65 or Better 147
All Grades 147
60 or Better 67
65 or Better R-7.5
All Grades R-7.5
60 or Better R-8.3
65 or Better 1 / 19
All Grades 1 / 19
60 or Better 1 / 19
65 or Better 1 / 19
All Grades 1 / 19
60 or Better 1 / 19

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail 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 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
PR66RB PCGS grade #5 PR66RB PCGS grade