Even those who merely dabble in the sphere of coin collecting know of the famous 1909-S VDB cent. Struck in a quantity of 484,000 during the first year of the Lincoln Cent series, this well-known key date coin caused a stir upon release for the inclusion of designer Victor David Brenner's initials. Located at bottom center on the reverse these "VDB" initials were removed by the U.S. Mint from the other 1.825 million pennies struck at the San Francisco Mint branch in 1909.
Follow your collecting dreams by capturing this handsome 1909-S VDB cent. Showing pleasing red-brown color and borderline uncirculated (AU+/BU) quality, this dynamic example is sharply defined. Very slight traces of wear occur on the high points of the obverse in the hair just above the ear, on the cheekbone, the beard and the right lapel of "Honest Abe's" jacket. Also noted is a nick on the forehead. These obverse condition notes are unobtrusive to the naked eye and overall this side of the coin presents as a gleaming treasure. The reverse has held up even better over the coin's century-plus existence, with impressive definition of the wheat stalks, lines and lettering against a generally clean field.
The estimated survival rate in all grades for this numismatic rarity is just 6,000 coins, a very small supply that does not come close to satisfying demand. No advanced collection is complete without this major key date coin, which brings historic notoriety, scant availability and this case highly pleasing detail quality together.