Which One’s Worth $1,000? The 1909 VDB Wheat Penny Versus The 1909 S VDB Cent

1909-s-vdb-penny-photo-by-joshua.JPG You’ve probably heard about the 1909 VDB wheat penny. You know — the coin that you’ve heard is worth about $1,000 and up.

The only problem is you’re not sure if you have the vdb penny everyone is talking about…

In fact, it takes more than just seeing VDB on your penny for it to be rare and expensive. It also takes an S on your coin, along with the VDB, for it to be the key coin that is worth $1,000 and up.

But what does the VDB and the S mean on the 1909 Lincoln cent?

  • The VDB is the designer’s initials – (V)ictor (D)avid (B)renner
  • The S is the mintmark for San Francisco

Only 484,000 1909 S VDB pennies were made.

The more common 1909 VDB cent was made in Philadelphia. With over 27 million minted, it’s worth $12 to $25 in circulated grades.

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of both the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, food, and living green.

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  • Terryannlandells

    I have two 1943 Lincoln steel wheaties, one has an intermmintent line of dots running from the U in United diagonally down to and on the rim across the wheat on the right. So it runs left to right downward. Anybody got any ideas as cannot find out anything about this anomily.