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US VDB Lincoln Cent  1909
US VDB Lincoln Cent 1909

Roger -- We have a page that covers all dates of Lincoln wheat-backed cents, it appears at this link [Press Here].

This page is dedicated to Lincoln cents dated 1909. First we list the Grey Sheet catalog value of the possible variations of a 1909 Lincoln in average circulated condition. (The Grey Sheet is a conservative price guide for US coins).

1909 $4 US dollars
1909 VDB $12
1909S $140
1909S VDB $950

These values correspond to numismatic grade Very Fine, which is roughly like our picture. To qualify for these values, the coin must be free of all problems, like scratches, stains, scuffs, nicks, gouges, and cleanings.

There is quite a range with specific S and VDB markings. Use the picture to look closely to determine which coin you have. You might need a magnifier.

Value, of course, changes with condition. A 1909 in worn condition catalogs for $3 and a 1909S VDB in fully uncirculated catalogs for $2800. Be sure you understand what 'catalog' means by using the Terminology page.

THIS IS IMPORTANT -- The 1909S VDB Lincoln cent is probably the most famous valuable coin in the States. For that reason, it is the most counterfeited coin in the States. NEVER buy a 1909S VDB cent unless you are 100% sure it is a genuine coin. Skilled numismatists can use a microscope to read small indicators on genuine coins that separate them from fake coins. Unless you are a skilled numismatist, buy rare and valuable coins only in numismatic holders from PCGS, NGC, ICG, or ANACS, and only from a dealer you trust. Sad to say, just like there are counterfeit coins, there are counterfeit numismatic slabs, also.

NEVER CLEAN A COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.

Coin: 1333 , Genre: United States
Requested by: roger, Fri, 18-Sep-2009 06:39:03 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 23-Sep-2013 23:09:01 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 13-Sep-2014 22:55:32 GMT
Requester description: 1909 easy to describe, Lincoln head,lettering, date and wheat strand on back are very clear.
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Comments

How much for a 1909 S VDB 1oz Copper Bullion Rounds Lincoln Wheat Cent? - Katrina
Hi Katrina -- Copper bullion rounds are medals (not coins) made in a large number of different patterns for collectors. They are worth their weight in copper, and usually sell for $3 to $5 US dollars each. Only genuine US one cent coins with the 1909 S VDB are worth a bundle. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Hi, I have been looking through my great grandfathers coin collection, and found a 1909 NO S vdb cent in almost uncirculated condition. Any appraisals?
- RICKY
Not a bad find, though probably not worth more than a worn silver dollar. The 1909 VDB cent with NO mintmark currently catalogs at $15 when average circulated, $17 well preserved, $20 almost uncirculated, $25+ fully uncirculated. - CoinQuest (Chris)

Good Day Everyone!!! _

I've Found a 1909S VDB Lincoln Coin in my Backyard,,
How much for this??
and I would like to ask if there are Fake Coins like this which circulated before??
How will you know that the Lincoln Coin you're Holding is the REAL one??
Interesting thing to find in your backyard. If you'd like us to help you determine authenticity and value, please CLICK HERE and you'll be able to upload photos for us to check out.

As Paul wrote above, this is a highly counterfeited coin. You could also bring it to a reputable coin dealer in your area for his or her opinion.
- CoinQuest (Todd)

  

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