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1909-S VDB WHEAT PENNY VALUES, STATS, AND FACTS

Updated on May 18, 2012
This image gives you a better look at the mint mark and initials of the 1909-S VDB Wheat penny.
This image gives you a better look at the mint mark and initials of the 1909-S VDB Wheat penny.

1909-S VDB WHEAT PENNY HISTORY


When it comes to rare and valuable wheat pennies, the 1909-S VDB is by far the most valued. The 1909-S VDB Wheat penny has a very interesting history. In this article, we will learn how the 1909-S VDB came to be and why it quickly became one of the most controversial coins in history. We will also discuss the values and stats of the 1909-S VDB Wheat penny.


The wheat penny was created by Victor David Brenner to replace the previous Indian Head penny series. In 1909, there was two different series of coins produced, the Indian Head penny and the Wheat penny. The 1909-S Indian Head penny was produced in the beginning of 1909 and was later replaced by the 1909-S VDB Wheat penny. Both coins were produced at the San Francisco mint.


When the 1909-S VDB Wheat penny hit circulation, it was automatically criticized. Citizens were outraged that the new wheat penny was designed with Benner's initials. It became such an outcry that the 1909-S VDB Wheat penny was discontinued. However, 484,000 1909-S VDB Wheat pennies managed to hit circulation and it instantly became a collector's coin. The Philadelphia Mint also produced wheat pennies with the initials. Since the Philadelphia Mint did not have a mint mark at this time, the wheat pennies are noted as the 1909 VDB.



This chart shows the steady increase in the Rare Coin Values Index. The 1909-S VDB is included in the Rare Coin Values Index.
This chart shows the steady increase in the Rare Coin Values Index. The 1909-S VDB is included in the Rare Coin Values Index.
This is a picture of the Indian Head penny. 1909 was the final year that the Indian Head penny was produced. Wheat pennies replaced them in the same year.
This is a picture of the Indian Head penny. 1909 was the final year that the Indian Head penny was produced. Wheat pennies replaced them in the same year.
Make sure the VDB intials are on the back of your 1909-S VDB Wheat penny. If there are no initials, then your penny is the 1909-S Wheat penny. The 1909-S Wheat penny is not as valuable as the 1909-S VDB.
Make sure the VDB intials are on the back of your 1909-S VDB Wheat penny. If there are no initials, then your penny is the 1909-S Wheat penny. The 1909-S Wheat penny is not as valuable as the 1909-S VDB.

1909 PENNY TYPES AND VALUES


In total, there were five different types of pennies produced in 1909. Four types were wheat pennies and the other was the Indian Head penny. The four wheat penny types were the 1909-S VDB, 1909 VDB, 1909-S, and the 1909 Wheat penny. The sole Indian Head penny produced in 1909 was the 1909-S Indian Head penny.


The 1909-S VDB Wheat penny is very valuable and rare. Only 484,000 were produced in 1909 and a large percentage of them no longer exist. Even in low grade, the 1909-S VDB Wheat penny is valued around $600. In "Fine" grade, the 1909-S VDB Wheat penny is valued around $830. If you have a 1909-S VDB in high grade or uncirculated condition, it can be worth $1,800 or more! Besides wheat penny error coins, no other wheat penny in the series has a higher value then the 1909-S VDB Wheat penny.


If you are looking to buy the rare 1909-S VDB Wheat penny or sell, there are a few things you should know. Ebay is a great place to buy and sell your coins. You can sell them in an auction or by a set price. You can also buy coins there as well. If you are looking to buy, you can view the seller's stats to see if they are a legit seller. Take the time to read their feedback stats also. If you would rather go to a coin shop or dealer, please read the following tips. To be honest, before you talk to a dealer, you need to make sure you know what you have and how much your coins are worth. To do this, all you have to do is search online. This will give you an estimate of what your coins are worth. Before you buy or sell, make sure you know the grade of your coin and the value. The grade of your coin is determined by the grade, so make sure you have a ballpark figure.


If you have any questions concerning your 1909-S VDB Wheat penny or any other coin, feel free to leave it below in the comment section. I would be happy to assist you in anyway possible. If you want to check on more coins and values, be sure to follow the links below. Thanks for visiting.



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      James Jamieson 

      12 months ago

      I have purchased a 1909 s wheat penny and was told that it is a counterfeit, reason was that the letter B of the VDB initials,

      the line in the middle of the B is not slanted. Is this correct

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      Eric, for that rating, this is a great deal. At this day and age, you can trust anyone. Not telling you either way, just stating the truth. I believe you could call the certifying company on the coin and check the database to make sure it's authentic. In this case, you know either way. If he or she is legit, they should have no problem doing so. See which company graded it, it should be on the coin Eric.

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      Eric Posler 

      4 years ago

      I was offered a 1909 s VDB wheat penny by a neighbor looking for cash. $225 i believe i could purchase. It is in plastic and he claims it was certified on 11-12-1981 and has a VG8 rating. What you think and who would i contact to seell this coin??

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      TToombs08, thanks for taking the time to come by, comment, and vote. Many thanks. I can relate. I have been able to hold on to my pennies, but my other coins have been sold many times over:( What can I say, sometimes I have no choice.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I come across wheat pennies about once a month and set them aside, but when hubby needs something, he always raids my change jar and takes it to coin star. I think I'm going to start hiding the wheat pennies where he can't find them. Fantastic hub! Voted up and more.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      *Victoria, thanks for taking the time to read this article. Check closely, you never know. It is a great find for anyone.

      *Frank, always great to hear from you. Your crazy Frank! As long as it wasn't bleeding, ..right?

      *CL, thanks for taking the time to read this article. Good point. If one coin is plentiful around the home, it is the penny. You can still get wheat pennies in circulation.

      *Alocsin, appreciate you taking the time to come by. You never know. At the least, it is worth looking for.

      *Max, appreciate your time pal. Oh yeah, well worth checking. Pennies are the most collected coins. Find the right one, it can be worth a lot.

      *Kash, great to have you drop by and many thanks. Very good, well worth checking. Hope you find one!

      *Nell, thanks a million for taking the time to drop by and comment. There are a few different wheat pennies that are valuable, not including the double dies. Hopefully I will, one of these days:)

      *PegCole, appreciate you taking the time to drop by. I agree. I see pennies on the ground all the time. If it is on heads, I pick it up. If it is a wheat back, I still pick it up. Pennies add up too.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Interesting information. Made me go and look through the few wheat pennies I have. Nope. All are in the 1940 - 1953 range. Oh, well. Good to know. I find it amazing that people won't bother to pick up a penny in the parking lot anymore. I find them all the time.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, I am always on the look out for rare coins, over here we have, I believe an old 1933 penny that is supposed to be very rare, and no I haven't found it yet! lol! but this is great info, and good luck with finding one, cheers nell

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, great information, I'll have to check my pennies to see if i have any,great job .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      BeyondMax 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Ha! Wow, this is cool! My Mother has a collection of coins, I should go let her know, she might want to check it out. Great job!

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Wow, had not idea. I'm going to go through our penny jar to see if this turns up. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Sheila 

      6 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Great Hub - all of us have old Pennies put away and now we cannot wait to check them out to see if they are VDB's - thank you for sharing this great information.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      lyric this was a useful share now to look through all my old coins I saved LOL the only thing rare though was the steak I ate last night at Outbacks..LOL good share

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great information. Well presented! I have some wheat pennies but I doubt I have any VDBs. I'd better go look!! Many votes on this one!

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