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.