|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 MS63RB 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 reverse of this coin is especially attractive, much more so than the photos show. Although the variety is on the obverse of the coin, the reverse is so eye appealing that the coin was encapsulated with the reverse facing forward. Despite being designated as red-brown, the coin has a significant percentage of the original mint red color remaining, with just a slight bit of toning which seemingly keeps it from a full red designation. On the obverse side, it appears that an old fingerprint has toned in the fields, but the look is not too bad and
is actually pretty nice compared to the average coin with a fingerprint. If you like the coin even a little bit from the photos, you will love it in hand. The coin has strong mint luster, relatively few marks and superb eye appeal. The coin also shows the variety very well and is a wonderful example of this variety for the grade.