Mintage for the 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent halted at just 484,000 pieces. Virtually the entire amount was placed into circulation, although many were soon retracted when people realized the low mintage and potential of this issue. While the mintage of the coin is not an extremely low number in the absolute sense, survivors are popular, and trade for a strong premium above other Lincoln Cents of the same period. This issue has long been considered to be among the most famous and popular of all American coinage.
As a result of the low mintage and short production run, virtually all examples are early die states, have a sharp strikes, and excellent eye-appeal. Obviously, exceptions exist, but finding a problem-free 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cents shouldn’t be too difficult. Thanks to early hoarding and retraction from circulation of this issue, virtually all grades are usually available, from well-circulated, up to gem mint state with original red color.
It is difficult to estimate the total number of survivors of this issue, as hoards or accumulations might still exist, but a reasonable number of the original mintage probably still survives. Some estimates put to figure as high as 400,000 pieces, although this number appears to be a bit on the high side. It is safe to say that at least 150,000 1909-S VDB cents survive in all grades.