Lincoln Cent Fine 1909 VDB

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    The 1909 VDB Lincoln Cent is a numismatic treasure, steeped in history and shrouded in intrigue. This coin, from the very first year of the Lincoln Cent's production, holds a special place in the hearts of collectors and history enthusiasts alike. 1909 marked the introduction of the Lincoln Cent, a coin that would become one of the most recognizable and enduring pieces of American currency. This inaugural issue was significant not only for its design but also for its tribute to President Abraham Lincoln, one of the nation's most revered leaders. The Lincoln Cent was the first U.S. coin to feature a historical figure’s portrait, breaking a longstanding tradition of allegorical figures. Victor David Brenner, a talented sculptor, was commissioned to design the coin in honor of the centennial of Lincoln’s birth.

    The obverse of the coin features a detailed and dignified portrait of Lincoln, with the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “LIBERTY,” and the year of minting. The reverse of the original 1909 Lincoln Cent displayed two wheat ears encircling the words “ONE CENT” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” along with the motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” However, what sets the 1909 VDB Lincoln Cent apart are the designer's initials - "VDB" for Victor David Brenner - prominently placed at the bottom of the reverse. This inclusion sparked controversy, leading to the removal of the initials in later dates, making the 1909 VDB variant particularly unique and sought after.

    The mintage of the 1909 VDB Lincoln Cent was substantial, yet finding these coins in Fine condition today is a rare feat. Coins from this era, especially from the inaugural year, were often heavily circulated. The 1909 VDB Lincoln Cent in such a pristine condition is a testament to its historical significance and enduring appeal.

    The 1909 VDB Lincoln Cent in Fine condition is a notable piece for any collector, reflecting over a century of history. In this grade, the coin shows moderate wear consistent with its age. Abraham Lincoln's iconic profile on the obverse retains its overall integrity, with some softening in the finer details, particularly in the hair and facial areas. The inscriptions, including the year, remain clear but are slightly worn. On the reverse, the wheat ears design, symbolic of American agriculture, is still distinguishable, though the individual grains and stalks show signs of flattening.

    For collectors, the 1909 VDB Lincoln Cent is not merely a coin; it is a piece of Americana. It represents a pivotal moment in U.S. numismatic history - the dawn of a new era in American coinage, marked by the commemoration of a national hero. Its outstanding preservation makes it a highly coveted item, cherished for both its historical significance and its rarity.

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    • Year: 1909
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