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1909-S VDB - The initials VDB were those of Victor David Brenner, who designed the coin at the request of none other than President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Collectors have consistently paid more for the 1909 S VDB than for any other Lincoln penny, except for the 1943 copper cent, because of the low numbers of them that were made.

The key dates for the U.S. Wheat Pennies are as follows: Date and Approximate Mintage 1909-S - 1.8 million, 1909-S VDB - 0.5 million, 1914-D - 1.2 million, 1922 (No mint mark) - unknown (D is missing), 1931-S - 0.9 million.

Did You Know... Roosevelt considered Lincoln the savior of the Union, so he ordered a new "Lincoln penny" based on sculptor, engraver, and medalist, Victor David Brenner's work, and that it be produced to commemorate Lincoln's 100th birthday in 1909. The first Lincoln pennies prominently displayed the initials of the artist, “VDB” at the base of the reverse. Responding to public outcries that this was tasteless self-advertisement, production was halted after only 484,000 coins where struck.

1909 VDB First year of issue Lincoln cent coin in great condition All 3 Dots

The 1909 S VDB penny is perhaps one of the most famous rare U.S. coins. Find out some reasons why the 1909 S VDB cent is so popular and discover just how many 1909 S VDB pennies were actually made.


The 1909 S VDB can be worth thousands in high grade. The "VDB: initials are located on the back of the coin, centered on the bottom. It was later removed due to the fact that citizens felt it was disrespectful.

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On August 2, 1909, the Lincoln Penny was the first American coin to bear the likeness of a president on its face.