1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent PCGS MS66RD
Many of my fellow coin nerds got their first taste of coins by dabbling in cents when they were kids, and perhaps that’s why the 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent is one of the most famous US coins. With a total mintage of 484,000, the 1909-S VDB is one of the least-rare rare-coins out there, yet it consistently ranks on the 100 Great US Coins list and is a solid collector favorite.
This particular example is just about as good as it gets: certified by PCGS to be Mint State 66 Red, there are only 12 graded higher by either PCGS or NGC. This coin is well into 5 figures; if you wanted “the top of the pop”, one of those 12 in MS67RD, you’re looking at dropping some $135,000. The creme de la creme of 09-S VDB’s: