1909-S VDB Lincoln Wheat Cent (CF-1C-1909S-0001:UX)


1909-S VDB Lincoln Wheat Cent
COUNTERFEIT (UNEXAMINED)


A 1909-S VDB whose mint mark is very convincing, however, it’s off by a hair, has casting artifacts and is a bit too small in diameter.

Magnetic:
no
Diamagnetic:
no
Ring:
CORRECT
Weight:
~>2.5 g
Diameter:
~19 mm
Thickness:
~1 mm

When the mint mark position (in red) and thickness is mapped to the four known mint mark locations for the 1909-S VDB (outlined in black), it is about a serif’s-width north of where it should be.

The VDB lacks detail and is very, very shallowly struck. The middle bar of the B seems to be horizontal (where it should be angled). Also, around it to the left and above the V, there appear to be flow marks from molten metal.

Where it is mostly smooth (worn or pocketized), in the recesses of the devices and places in the fields close to the devices there are apparent casting artifacts (little chinks in the casting medium where molten metal filled in). This is also consistent with it’s slightly narrower diameter.
Date Attributed:
March 31, 2012
Identifier:
Jerry Saville
ID Number:
CF-1C-1909S-0001
Population:
1