Lincoln Cent G-VG 1909-S

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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 higher conditions today is a rare feat. Coins from this era, especially from the inaugural year, were often heavily circulated.

    The 1909 VDB Lincoln Cent in Good to Very Good condition is a captivating piece of numismatic history. Despite its age, this coin has admirably withstood the test of time, maintaining key features that make it a treasure. In Good to Very Good condition, the iconic profile of Abraham Lincoln on the obverse is still discernible, with some wear evident on Lincoln's higher relief areas, especially the cheek and hair. The reverse, featuring the classic wheat ears design, retains its overall structure, though finer details may be softened. For collectors, this coin is not just currency; it's a tangible piece of early 20th-century Americana, steeped in history and charm.

    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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