1909 S VDB Wheat Penny

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1909 S VDB Wheat Penny in average condition to be worth $950.00, while one in mint state could be valued around $4,150.00. - Last updated: June, 01 2023

1909 S VDB Wheat Penny
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  • Key: Key Date
  • Year: 1909
  • Mint Mark: S
  • Type: VDB Wheat Penny
  • Price: $950.00-$4150.00+
  • Face Value: 0.01 USD
  • Produced: 484,000
  • Edge: Smooth


VDB Penny
In 1909 there were V.D.B. and Non V.D.B. marked pennies. The VDB Wheat Pennies minted in San Francisco were the rarest of the rare. These coins are worth a nice house payment if you can find on in any condition :)

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 S Lincoln 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%. MS-67 and even MS66+ RD specimens are especially rare. This rarity determines the large just in values from MS65 to MS66 and even further to MS67.

  • Grade MS60 = $1,125-$1,500
  • Grade MS61 = $1,125-$1,875
  • Grade MS62 = $1,500-$2,500
  • Grade MS63 = $2,250-$3,750
  • Grade MS64 = $4,500-$7,500
  • Grade MS65 = $6,000-$10,000
  • Grade MS66 = $11,250-$18,750
  • Grade MS67 = $52,500-$87,500

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How much is a 1909 S VDB Wheat Penny worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $950.00, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $4,150 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
Image Name Mint Worth

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What is the rarest VDB Wheat Penny?

Name Produced
1909 S 484,000
1909 27,702,000
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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.