1909 VDB Penny

Last updated: June, 01 2023

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1909 VDB Wheat Penny in average condition to be worth $12.50, while one in mint state could be valued around $45.00.

1909 VDB Penny
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  • Key: Better Date
  • Year: 1909
  • Mint Mark: No mint mark
  • Type: VDB Wheat Penny
  • Price: $12.50-$45.00+
  • Face Value: 0.01 USD
  • Produced: 27,702,000
  • Edge: Smooth


VDB Penny
In 1909 there were V.D.B. and Non V.D.B. marked pennies. VDB were the engraver Victor David Brenners initials. The coins with VDB are worth about $10 more than those without the initials on the reverse. The coin stats above are for the coin with the initials on the reverse.

Price Chart

Rates listed here refer to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If new to collecting the prices below might not make sense.

There are VDB and non VDB versions of the 1909 Penny, the prices below reflect the value for those with the V.D.B. Prices below are also for the RD versions of this coin. RD (Red) is the most coveted color by a wide margin. If the coin is RB (Red Brown) reduce the value by 10 to 25%, if the color is Brown then reduce the rate by a total of 20% to 50%.

  • Grade EF40 = $3-$5
  • Grade AU50 = $6-$10
  • Grade AU53 = $8-$13
  • Grade AU55 = $10-$16
  • Grade AU58 = $11-$19
  • Grade MS60 = $23-$25
  • Grade MS61 = $23-$38
  • Grade MS62 = $30-$50
  • Grade MS63 = $45-$75
  • Grade MS64 = $75-$125
  • Grade MS65 = $150-$250
  • Grade MS66 = $600-$1,000
  • Grade MS67 = $1,050-$1,750

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How much is a 1909 VDB Penny worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $12.50, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $45 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1909, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].

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Most Valuable

The most valuable VDB Wheat Penny's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

Image Year Mint Worth
VDB Wheat Penny 1909 S $4,150
VDB Wheat Penny 1909 $45
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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***Price subject to standard supply and demand laws, dealer premiums, and other market variations. Prices represent past values fetched at online auctions, estate sales, certified coins being sold by dealers, and user submitted values. While we wholeheartedly try to give honest price estimates there are many factors besides appearance, metal content, and rarity that help make up the coins overall value. Call or visit your local coin dealer for more information.