|The 1909-S Lincoln Cent is one of the key date issues in the Lincoln Cent series. Not only is it a first year of issue coin, but it's low mintage of 1,825,000 coins has made it popular among collectors from nearly the day they were minted. There are two major repunched mintmark varieties of 1909-S Lincoln Cents. The much more common RPM variety is designated as FS-1502 in the Cherrypickers' Guide and is commonly referred to as the S over Horizontal S variety. The FS-1502 is so common that there is relatively little premium given to attributed examples. The other major RPM, designated as FS-1501 is much more scarce. The FS-1501 features a relatively easy to see S repunched over an underlying S just to the northeast. To illustrate the scarcity, in looking at the PCGS Population Report of certified examples, there are approximately thirty-five (35) examples of the FS-1502 attributed for every FS-1501 attributed and the true spread is likely greater considering many FS-1502 varieties are not attributed given the expense of attribution and the relatively small premium.
This example of the scarce FS-1501 1909-S/S Lincoln Cent has been graded MS65RD by PCGS and is encapsulated in one of the newer-style edge-view holders. A TrueView photo was taken by PCGS which captures the beauty of this coin in the best light. To date, only forty-nine (49) examples of this variety have been attributed by PCGS in all grades and only six (6) of those coins have the red color designation. Of those, only two (2) examples have been graded higher than this coin, both MS66RD. The coin here is a beautiful full red example with strong eye appeal. It would be extremely difficult to find a better overall example of this variety anywhere. The coin has strong mint luster on both sides and there are no significant hits or marks of note, though a couple of small marks can be found upon a close look. An amazing gem red uncirculated example of this tough first-year Lincoln Cent variety.