#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.

Comments from my Readers & Friends

    • Were these pennies buried in the ground…in a big glass jar…with a brass-colored lid? If so, I they are definitely mine. I put them there for safekeeping. So you should definitely tell your cousin to send them to me, Georgie Sinkoff. Not kidding. Really. They are mine. Really. Not kidding.

      Cheesie here: He’s kidding.. If one of them is dated 1908, it’s an Indian Head Cent. Those are very rare and valuable. Your cousin is lucky.

  1. Hi Cheesie I read your first book it was hilarious dude.I want to go to Book-A-Million to get the others

  2. I have this like collection of coins and i keep different types of money from different countrys and the oldest penny i have iz from 1957. ;( I wish i had older pennys.

  3. It’s really cool how you can see some pennies with the Indian face on them before they made the pennies with the wheat on them.