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1909-S 1C VDB, RB Lincoln Cent MS63 NGC

[1909-S 1C VDB, RB Lincoln Cent MS63 NGC: Front Picture]
[1909-S 1C VDB, RB Lincoln Cent MS63 NGC: Back Picture]
Coin Info
Coin Denom:01110 Cents
Coin Country:United States
Coin Composition:
Coin Grade:MS63
Coin Graded By:NGC
Coin Date: 1909
Coin ID80779
Price: $1667.50
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HISTORY:

When the Lincoln one-cent coin made its initial appearance in 1909, it marked a radical departure from the accepted styling of United States coins, introducing as it did for the first time a portrait coin in the regular series. A strong feeling had prevailed against using portraits on our coins, but public sentiment stemming from the 100th anniversary celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birth proved stronger than the long-standing prejudice.

The only person invited to participate in the formulation of the new design was Victor David Brenner. President Theodore Roosevelt was so impressed with the talents of this outstanding sculptor that Brenner was singled out by the President for the commission. The likeness of President Lincoln on the obverse of the coin is an adaptation of a plaque Brenner executed several years earlier which had come to the attention of President Roosevelt.

In addition to the prescribed elements on our coins -- LIBERTY and the date -- the motto In God We Trust appeared for the first time on a coin of this denomination. Of interest also is the fact that the Congress passed the Act of March 3, 1865, authorizing the use of this motto on coins during Lincoln's tenure in office.

Lincoln Cents 1909-1958:

Designer: Victor David Brenner
Composition: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Weight: 3.11g
Diameter: 19.00 mm
Edge: Plain
Mints: Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco

Two different design variations

Type 1, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Type 2, Steel (1943)

Item ID: 11609
Unit ID: 80779

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