|The 1909 VDB Lincoln Cent was the first Lincoln Cent issued in the series which has now lasted over 100 years. The 1909 VDB is also a one-year type coin as it was the only year the designer's initials were located on the reverse of the coin. After only a couple of weeks of production, Brenner's initials were removed from the reverse of the coin, creating this highly popular variety. Surprisingly, during the short run of production of 1909 VDB Lincoln Cents, two different doubled die obverse varieties were produced. Of the two varieties, the FS-1101 is the variety that shows more extreme doubling. The doubling on the obverse of the FS-1101 can be seen with doubling of the RTY of LIBERTY and doubling of the 190 of 1909.
This PCGS MS64RB example of the DDO FS-1101 offered here is really nice example for the grade and is encapsulated in one of the newer-style edge-view holders. The coin itself has most of the original mint red color remaining, with just a slight bit of mellowing keeping it from a full red designation. The coin has nice overall luster, relatively few marks and great eye appeal. There are a couple of well-hidden carbon spots on the obverse that hardly show when viewed in hand and seem exaggerated in the photos. The reverse is especially attractive with no issues to speak of. The coin also shows the variety very well and is a wonderful near-gem example of this variety.