Especially attractive for this ever popular date and mint, with the satiny copper hues showing minimal fading and a pleasing golden-rose hue throughout. Fully lustrous and boldly struck on each device. These initial coins struck represented the first of the new Lincoln Cents, issued to commemorate the 100th year of Lincoln's birth. The designer's initials appear at the base of the reverse as V.D.B. which apparently met with some public and governmental disfavor for their prominent placement. The order soon came down to remove these initials from the reverse, and further coinage in 1909 did not have this feature. Naturally collectors of the day became aware of this change and the hunt was on. Since that time these have remained one of the most sought after coins in American numismatics, and few collectors living today ever found one of these in circulation, but it was not for lack of trying. The enormous popularity continues, as this is one of the best known coins from our mints. Rarely found today so well preserved, completely free of carbon specks or spots, and with surfaces that show little evidence of bag handling.