Rare Coin Auctions’ May 19 Regency XVII Auction in New Orleans, part
of the Professional Coin Grading Service Members Only show, offered
some interesting coins, including a Proof example of the always
popular 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent.
Lincoln, V.D.B. cent, Proof 66 brown, CAC
1909 Lincoln cent with designer Victor David Brenner’s initials on the
reverse is always popular with collectors.
circulated and Mint State examples are easily found, it is a tough
coin in Proof and the example offered at Legend’s New Orleans auction
— graded PCGS Proof 66 brown — is among the finest known.
wrote, “Exquisite Matte surfaces have wonderful texture and reveal NO
flaws of any size, anywhere. A surprisingly bold luster illuminates
colors are seen on both sides, as is a bold strike, and “rims are as
thick as you will ever see.” Legend’s description addresses the coin’s
lack of a Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker, noting, “No, this coin
did not earn the CAC bean — and we are perplexed as to why.”
sold for $41,125, compared to an estimate of $33,000 to $36,000, but
it fell a bit short of the Collectors Universe price guide value of
$43,500. Legend hoped it would see the present example “blowing past
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