#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

  1. How is the 1909 penny with NO ‘s’ or ‘vdb’ so shiny? Did u polish it or something?

    • It’s not mine. I just used this image. So I don’t know why it’s so shiny. But I do know you are NOT supposed to polish old coins.

  2. Did you know that before the Indian Head cent they made flying eagle cents?(I know because i am a Numismatist and I have one.) Before that they made LARGE cents that were actually closer to the size of a half dollar. And they made twenty cent pieces, half cents, two cents, and they are going to make five dollar coins.

  3. I am reading this for 2014 bluestem and I am so happy it is on the list because I love it. I hope on reading the 2nd book when I am done with the list.

  4. Well i know something intersting about canadian pennies. Once i had a penny that was from 1600s-1700s. Anyways i lost that penny but it was the oldest thing i ever seen in my life. Also a dollar in canadian = sixty eight cents in american.

    • Actually, the first Canadian cent was minted in 1858, not the 1600s-1700s. You must’ve had a different coin. And the Canadian dollar is worth 98 cents in the USA, not 68 cents. (I looked all this up.)