Product Details: The GSM 1 oz Lincoln Wheat Cent Silver Round
The GSM Lincoln Wheat Cent Round pays homage to the legendary and contentious S-VDB Wheat Cent, a coin of great significance in the realm of numismatics. In 1909, the Wheat Cent was introduced as a replacement for the Indian Head penny, but it was met with mixed reactions due to a prominent feature – the designer’s initials.
The crux of the issue lay in the conspicuous display of the designer’s initials, “V.D.B.,” on the coin’s reverse side. Subsequently, these initials were removed from subsequent editions. With only a relatively limited production run, these coins became rare and highly sought after by collectors. In a nod to this historical design, the Golden State Mint (GSM) has recreated it on a 1 Troy Ounce .999 fine silver round, resulting in a striking and collectible piece.
- Crafted from 1 Troy Ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Replicates the iconic 1909 S-VDB Wheat Cent.
- The obverse side of the round features the original Lincoln Penny design with Abraham Lincoln, “IN GOD WE TRUST” above him, “LIBERTY” to his left, and the year 1909. A small “S” appears to the right, resembling the San Francisco Mint’s mark.
- On the reverse side, “GOLDEN STATE MINT” is displayed at the top, flanked by wheat stalks on the right and left. In the center, you’ll find “ONE TROY OZ .999 FINE SILVER,” with the famous initials “V.D.B.” at the bottom.
The obverse side faithfully replicates the S-V.D.B. Wheat Penny, which stirred controversy upon its release as a replacement for the retiring Indian Head Penny. The controversy stemmed from the prominent display of the designer’s initials, Victor David Brenner’s “V.D.B.,” on the coin’s reverse. In response to public outcry, subsequent editions omitted these initials. Only 484,000 of these coins were produced at the San Francisco Mint, with approximately 50,000 believed to remain in existence today. This side showcases an image of Abraham Lincoln, with “IN GOD WE TRUST” above his head, “LIBERTY” to his left, “1909” to the right, and a small “S” denoting the San Francisco Mint’s origin beneath the date.
The reverse side bears the inscription “GOLDEN STATE MINT” at the top, flanked by wheat stalks reminiscent of the wheat penny’s design. In the center, “ONE TROY OZ .999 FINE SILVER” is proudly displayed, and at the bottom, you’ll find the enduring initials “V.D.B.”
The GSM Lincoln Wheat Cent 1 oz Silver Round serves as a remarkable tribute to the cherished yet controversial S-VDB Wheat Cent, encapsulating a pivotal moment in numismatic history. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this piece of history – secure yours today.