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17 Dec 2020

1909 Cent Pieces

Coins-United States | user_93866

Hi everyone! This is my second blog post this week and I am going to talk about the production of one cent pieces in 1909. In the year 1909 the United States mint produced Indian Head Cents and the first year of Lincoln Cents. President Teddy Roosevelt decided that after fifty years of the same coin designs that they needed to change. He had Augustus Saint-Gaudens design the new gold pieces but he passed away before the new cent could be designed. As a result Victor David Brenner designed the new Lincoln Head Wheat Cent. As the cents were released into circulation in 1909 a lot of people noticed the designer's initials at the bottom of the coin V.D.B. Many people felt it was too much and that he did not deserve to put his initials at the bottom because he already got payment for designing the coin. The people felt like they were too bold and very noticeable. Within days the initials of Victor David Brenner were removed creating a rare collectors cent. The initials were not completely removed, if you look at today’s cents his initials are at the bottom of Lincoln sleeve and are not nearly as noticeable as in 1909. The VDB cents minted at the San Francisco mint are very desirable because they only minted a few hundred thousand of the VDB cents at that mint in 1909. The Indian Head Cent was minted for the first part of 1909 ending it’s fifty year long production form when the first one was minted in 1859. The Indian Head Cent took the place of the Flying Eagle Cent which was the first small cent ever produced in the United States. The Flying Eagle Cent was only struck for four years. The Lincoln Head Wheat Cent started it’s production in 1909 and finished the reverse of it switched design in 1959 to the memorial. After 1909 Victor David Brenner's initials were never put on the reverse of the cent again. Today, both the Indian Head cent and Wheat Cent if minted at the San Francisco mint in 1909 are very rare and collectible. I hope that I could find a 1909 Wheat Cent in circulation but that does not seem very possible. You never know what you might find in pocket change so I am going to keep looking. Thanks so much for reading this blog post!

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