For the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the U.S. Mint unveiled the first Lincoln cent in 1909 to great acclaim. However, complaints that the initials of designer, Victor D. Brenner were too prominent began to pour in. Three days after release, the Mint Director stopped the coin presses and shortly thereafter a second version of the new Lincoln cent appeared, but without the offending initials. This original no-mintmark Philadelphia 1909 VDB issue remains a collector favorite. Well-preserved Fine quality.