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mintage figures
San Francisco (V.D.B.) : 484,000
mintage classification : URS-20
population in circulation : 0
circulation classification : URS-0
percentage of circulation : 0%
San Francisco : 1,825,000
mintage classification : URS-22
population in circulation : 0
circulation classification : URS-0
percentage of circulation : 0%
Philadelphia (V.D.B.) : 27,995,000
mintage classification : URS-26
population in circulation : 0
circulation classification : URS-0
percentage of circulation : 0%
Philadelphia : 72,700,000
mintage classification : URS-28
population in circulation : 0
circulation classification : URS-0
percentage of circulation : 0%
Philadelphia (proof) (V.D.B.) : 1,194
mintage classification : URS-12
Philadelphia (proof) : 2,618
mintage classification : URS-13
Total : 103,007,812
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1909
this year in history...
  • Japan's Prince Ito was assasinated this year.
  • The Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower is finished this year, stretching 700 feet above the busy midtown New York City streets.
  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is formed on February 12th.
  • Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson become the first men to reach the North Pole on April 6th.
Specific notes about this year's cents...

  • The 1909 Lincoln cent began production on August 2nd with the reverse dies exhibiting the V.D.B. inscription or the designer's initials. Due to public outcry over the initials, the mint dropped them a week later, and on August 10th, 1909, the first Lincoln cent without the initials was minted. This resulted in much lower mintage numbers for the V.D.B. type than the plain type, especially in San Francisco.
  • This year's proof cents were actually made in two slightly varying versions, one with a matte proof finish and another with a satiny matte proof finish. Since there is very little difference between the two, they are generally listed together.
  • 1909 Philadelphia mint VDB cents were hoarded when released due to their expected eventual value at the time. Due to this, there are still many higher grade examples of these in the marketplace.
 

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