|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 MS64BN example of the DDO FS-1101 offered here is an amazing example for the grade and is encapsulated in one of the newer-style edge-view holders. Despite being designated as a brown coin, there is quite a bit of original mint red color present. The coin has wonderful mint luster and has wonderful overall eye appeal. No spotting or major marks or other issues are present. Just a few light tick marks here and there presumably have limited the grade, but the coin certainly seems better than the assigned grade when viewed in hand. A really nice example of this popular first year Lincoln Cent doubled die obverse variety.