Lincoln’s First Year

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  1. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Just under 28 million were minted but try and find one today. Its only been 119 years ago. A very nice example of a 1909 VDB. The VDB is on the reverse at 6 o’clock. The coin was designed by Victor D. Brenner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
    Later in the year the VDB was removed but it was restored to the coin in 1918. It was relocated to the obverse on Lincoln’s shoulder, where it remains to this day.
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  3. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I almost forgot, this was the first cent and obviously the first year of the motto IN GOD WE TRUST to appear on coins.

    EDITED to correct my mistake.
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  4. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Well-Known Member

    Wrong want another guess?
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  6. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    Nice bit of information for those just getting into coin collection. Thanks for the post.
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  7. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I am so bad. It’s the first Cent to carry the mottos, not the first coin. I edited it as I still could. Thank you.
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  8. alurid

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    1909 Lincoln Centennial Medal by Whitehead & Hoag.
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  9. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    Got a few VDB's in my altered Abe collection.
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  11. dimeguy

    dimeguy Dime Enthusiast

    So, what inspired the controversy? Why remove the initials? My impression, and correct me if I am wrong, the mint Treasurer or Director saw the release and was ticked that he did not give the final say of the initials being minted on the coin? I don't think it was an issue of it never being done before because I am pretty sure St. Gaudens had his on the gold piece. Yes? I am not sure what inspired them to reconstitute the design in 1918 with the initials.
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  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I have no idea but everyone that had any say so in the matter is now deceased.
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  14. lardan

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    I've needed editing in my life a few times.
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  15. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Here is the medal that started it all. Victor David Brenner showed an example of this medal to Theodore Roosevelt while the president was posing for the Panama Canal workers' medal. Roosevelt liked it and get the ball rolling for the Lincoln Cent.

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    This plaque was also designed by Brenner. Just a word of warning. There are some reproductions of this piece that are worth considerably less.

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  16. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    Lincoln's image has been used in so many ways. It would be really tough to have an example of everything.
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  17. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Yes, Lincoln was known as "honest Old Abe" when he was running for president in 1864.

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  18. PamR

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    Really nice!
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