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$50,400 Buys 1909-S VDB Cent

Finding a high-quality 1909-S VDB cent is likely on every serious collector’s wish list, however, given its scarcity, no matter your level of optimism, the likelihood of just finding one is quite low.

1909-S VDB Cent

The original red surfaces are virtually flawless, with just a few microscopic specks of carbon on the reverse, only visible with a loupe. Vibrant mint luster radiates from both sides and overall eye appeal is terrific. (Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions)

So, of course, most collectors who want to add one to their collection turn to the auctions, where demand ensures high prices. That was the case this past weekend when a 1909-S VDB went for $50,400 at Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction.

The specimen was graded MS67 Red PCGS. In this grade, PCGS reports a population of fifteen while NGC reports just one. CAC has seen just three. None of the three services report seeing a 1909-S VDB in a higher grade.

See more coverage on Heritage’s Long Beach Expo Auction here.