Proof 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent sells for $41,125
- Published: Jun 2, 2016, 6 AM
Legend 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.
1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent, Proof 66 brown, CAC
The 1909 Lincoln cent with designer Victor David Brenner’s initials on the reverse is always popular with collectors.
While 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.
Legend wrote, “Exquisite Matte surfaces have wonderful texture and reveal NO flaws of any size, anywhere. A surprisingly bold luster illuminates the colors.”
Impressive 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.”
It 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 that number.”
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