Catalog Notes for 1909 VDB 1c PR RB: The 1909 VDB proof cent is one of the scarcest regular-issue proofs around, despite having a higher mintage than several other proof Lincoln cents of the 1909-1916 era. There?s some speculation that the United States Mint may have destroyed unsold examples or distributed them as business strikes. Whatever the case, there are likely fewer than 200 examples in existence, making this first-year issue a very challenging coin in any grade or color designation.
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Catalog Details

Coin Date: 1909
Denom: 1c / Cent
Desg: PR
Mint Mark: P
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,194
Coinage Type: Lincoln obverse, Wheat reverse
Coinage Years: 1909-1958
Composition: 95% copper; 5% tin & zinc
Variety: VDB
Strike Type: Proof
Diameter: 19 mm
Weight: 2.5 gr
Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Catalog #: 3301