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Do you ever think about who may have once spent, or lost, the money in you pocket or purse? If I see something old I'll sometimes think about which president could have held it. This morning I came across a 1909 cent ... in circulation! I was going through my wife's change cup for coins to fill up a baby bottle used for a fundraiser for the Pregnancy Support Connection, Inc.
My heart beat a little faster because I knew the 1909-S VDB was one of the rarest coins, and I'd never held any 1909 coin before. I could find no markings on it so I did a little research right here on the computer. I found out the VDB was printed real small at the bottom of the reverse side. Mine had none. I also found out it was the first year a coin had a president's image - Lincoln's to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. It was also the first time IN GOD WE TRUST was added to coins. My coin is probably worth only $2.00 on the market but much more than that to me. When I think of all the famous people who owned it and the miles it traveled...