The finest 1909-S VDB Cents that have been graded by PCGS are nine MS-67RD pieces, with a single NGC coin that has received the same grade. These are irregularly sold at auction, and one of these sold for $ 97,750, in 2006. In Red-Brown, often representing excellent value, the highest graded coins have been certified as MS-66RB. With the coloration designated as brown, the finest are PCGS or NGC MS66BN.
The value of circulated examples of the 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent start at approximately $500 for a barely recognizable coin to many multiples of that in the higher circulated grades. Careful examination of both circulated and uncirculated coins is needed to select problem-free examples in all grades. Due to its steady popularity, prices for this key date Lincoln Cent have risen steadily over the decades, almost continuously since they first appeared in the channels of commerce in the San Francisco area.