Complete US Mint Year Set (Foreign and Domestic) – 1909

1909, the year of change. Get it, change? I hate a joke that has to be explained, but this was the year the Wheat Cent made its debut and the splash was heard around the world. Ten different cents were minted and all the San Francisco issues are still sought after a hundred years later, just as they were the day the first coin came from the mint. A newspaper reported a collector buying 25,000 S-VDB and selling them 4 for 7 cents, or 1 ¾ cents apiece. Yeah, he almost doubled his money. But I’m sure his grandchildren wish he had kept them for about a hundred years or so. Taft was inaugurated as President in the midst of a snowstorm in Washington, but speaking of cold, Robert Peary and Matthew Henson, two Americans, reached the North Pole. They did not find Santa. He was in San Francisco trying to get his hands on those “S-VDB’s.”

Yes indeed, 1909 was a good year, but with no silver dollars being minted, and with only 3 gold issues, one had to turn to the non-precious metal coins for excitement and there was a lot of that. The 50 year run of the Indian Head was over, and the 50 year run of the Wheat Cent began with a bang.

The following are the coins necessary for this year’s complete set: 42 Domestic Issues, 6 foreign releases & 9 Patterns = 57 total coins.

  • Indian Head Cent - P, S, & Proof
  • Lincoln - P, S, S/S, & Proof (no VDB)
  • Lincoln - P, S, & Proof (with VDB)
  • V-Nickel & Proof
  • Barber Dime – P, D, O, S, & Proof
  • Barber Quarter – P, D, O, S, & Proof
  • Barber Half – P, O, S, & Proof
  • Indian Head Quarter Eagle P & Proof
  • Indian Head Half Eagle - P, D, O, S, & Proof
  • Indian Head Eagle - P, D, S, & Proof
  • Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle - P, D, & S, plus 9/8, & Proof .

Coins Minted in United States for Other Nations

No proofs were made for 1909 issues & San Francisco minted all coins for both the Philippines and Salvador)

Philippines
  • 1 Centavo (95% copper/5% tin & zinc) S
  • 10 Centavos (75% silver/25% copper) 1909 S
  • 20 Centavos (75% silver/25% copper) 1909 S
  • 50 Centavos (75% silver/25% copper) 1909 S
  • 1 Peso (80% silver/20% copper) 1909 S
    Salvador
    • 1909 S, 1 Peso, 90% silver

    United States Pattern Coins

    • J-1930: 1909 Cent with V.D.B. Reverse
    • J-1933: 1909 Five-Cent Piece. Designed by Barber with Shield on face (Nickel)
    • J-1934: 1909 George Washington 5-cent piece
    • J-1935: 1909 George Washington 5-cent piece with smaller lettering
    • J-1936: 1909 George Washington 5-cent piece with “Liberty” to right at border
    • J-1937: 1909 George Washington 5-cent piece with L**I**B**E**R**T**Y**
    • J-1938: George Washington 5-cent piece, Nickel, GW facing left with “Liberty” on obv.
    • J-1939: George Washington 5-cent piece, Nickel, GW facing left with large “5” on reverse
    • J-1942: George Washington 5-cent piece, Nickel, GW facing left with “In God We Trust” on reverserse.