#1-1909 Pennies

1909 Pennies

A 1909 penny is really important in the Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything story.

In 1909, there were six different pennies minted in the United States. The government started out making Indian Head cents, then switched to Lincoln cents with VDB (the designer’s initials) on the back. After a couple of days, the initials were removed. Since both the Philadelphia and San Francisco mints produced each of these one-cent coins, there were six different cents made in 1909. In total, the two mints produced about 118 million one-cent coins in 1909. In 2010, the U.S. mints produced over four billion one-cent coins!

Here are pictures of all six 1909 coins.

About 14 million 1909 Indian Head cents were minted in Philadelphia.

1909 Indian Head cents from San Francisco are very valuable. Only 309,000 were made.

About 28 million 1909 VDB Lincoln cents were minted in Philadelphia.

1909-S VDB Lincoln cents from San Francisco are really rare. Only 484,000 were produced.

Lots and lots of 1909 Lincoln cents with no VDB were minted in Philadelphia…almost 73 million.

Just under 2 million 1909-S Lincoln cents with no VDB were minted in San Francisco.

If you know something interesting about coins (especially 1909 Lincoln cents), please tell me below.

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Comments from my Readers & Friends

  1. Hi if Mr.cotler sees this give him this message.
    When you went to Lincoln school i was the one who won the series I love your books and the presentation the story was halareous bye
    fiona wiese

    • Lucky you! If it has a letter under the 1936, it’s from San Francisco or Denver. If it is blank, it’s from Philadelphia.

  2. I know another great rodent joke I’ll tell it to you right now:
    Knock Knock
    Who’s there?
    Mice
    Mice who?
    Mice to see you!!!!!!!

    • Good question. I looked it up, and here’s what I found.
      The oldest coin ever found was discovered in Efesos, an ancient city (now part of Turkey) and prosperous trading center on the coast of the Mediterrean Sea. The coin is more than 2,700 years old and is made from electrum, a natural occurring alloy of gold and silver.