|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. The second of which, designated as FS-1102 is said to be more rare than the FS-1101, though it is not as expensive as the more collected FS-1101 which shows more extreme doubling. The doubling on the obverse of the FS-1102 can be seen with an extra thickness on the first 9 in 1909 as well as in the letters of LIBERTY, particularly in the B and R. Other diagnostics of the FS-1102 include die clashing under Lincoln's chin and under the C of CENT on the reverse.
This example of the 1909 VDB Lincoln Cent Doubled Die Obverse FS-1102 (Die 2) has been graded gem MS65RD by ANACS and is encapsulated in an early version of the older small white ANACS holder from many years ago. The coin is bright red and lustrous and shows the variety very well. There are no major marks on the coin and there is no significant spotting on the surfaces. There is a slight area in the field above the date where the color is beginning to fade from bright vibrant red, but not nearly significant enough to warrant an RB designation. Overall, this is a very nice example of this popular first-year Lincoln Cent variety.