|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 amongst 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 MS65RB by ANACS and is encapsulated in the older small white ANACS holder from many years ago. Although not attributed as the FS-1501 variety on the old ANACS label, the variety is clear when looking at the coin. Very few examples of this variety have been attributed at the gem grade level by the major grading services. The coin is in excellent condition as the grade suggests with most of its original red color remaining. Just a few light marks can be found under a close inspection. The luster is strong and the coin has no major spots or distractions. A wonderful high grade example of this tough first-year Lincoln Cent variety.
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