Skip to comments.What’s the condition of the 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent on Mars?
Posted on 02/09/2018 12:37:15 PM PST by Voption
"When the Curiosity Rover was launched onto its nine-month-long journey to the planet Mars on Nov. 26, 2011, the rover carried as one of its many scientific packages a calibration target; a 1909 Lincoln cent. The cent is mounted near the bottom of the target, with its obverse facing outward."
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Its the SVDB that has value....
Ill take a guess: Cold. And dry. Possibly a little dusty.
You obviously know your coins!
Personally, my favorites are: Walking Liberty halves, Standing Liberty quarters, and Peace Dollars. Have a smattering of circulation find wheat cents & Indian heads, but nothing high-grade. (i’m in the almost-retired cohort, coins were BIG in the 1960’s and I got back in big-time, in the late 80’s. Feeling good about it all!)
The Cent on the Rover is pretty cool nonetheless! It’s been subjected to Mars atmosphere, radiation, and “blowing dust,”
etc., for 2000 days.
Tangent— I’d love for say,a Musk, to retrieve it from Mars and submit it for 3rd party grading at PCGS, etc. HA!
SVDB...been looking for that for 50 years.
Got them eBay...
I bough a 1909 VDB penny for a few bucks years ago.
Since 2011 - uncirculated
I found a 1909 VDB in circulation.
Heart nearly stopped when I saw the reverse in my Scan-O-Matic, started again when I flipped it over and no mint mark.
This was in the late 60’s.
The Asking price is OVER 500 bucks
I started taking “Wheaties” out of circulation in the late ‘60’s. Gave up on the SVDB but still yearned for a ‘55S.
I had so many wheat straw pennies that I was able to roll them up by year.
Sold some to a guy at work and he GAVE me a ‘55S, still shiny, Extra Fine condition.
This is the first I’ve heard that Mars has a fiat currency.
Trivia moment, Victor D. Brenner is the grandfather of comedian David Brenner (hence the D in VDB) I saw him hosting The Tonite Show years ago and he mentioned this.
Amen to that! Coin collector, eh?
If that’s true...I like it!
Depends heavily on condition.
For an excellent reference on coin pricing (and grading, the Scale essentially goes from “0-70,”) check the “PCGS” website. (they do 3rd party grading) There’s a lot of free pricing data on all American coins.
Back to the Article at Coin World; folks should take a look! :)
The Research-Guy bought more than 1 specimen for testing duplicate camera’s & instrumentation on Earth. He does not know what Grade it was, but they have been keeping close track of it in the normal course of calibrating the camera. He chose the 1909 Date because they were originally scheduled to launch in 2009.
I have maybe 5-6 rolls of found-in-circulation cents, nothing worth getting graded, but nice to play with. (comprised of 1895-1955-ish examples.)
I do have killer sets of Peace Dollars & Standing Liberty quarters— those took me a long time to build up.
Not a serious one, but have been around them for a long time. Have a few collections, Frankin halves, Indian pennies. It’s fun.
Not a serious collector, but I do enjoy them. Have a few collections between just starting and complete, Franklin halves, Indian head pennies, Morgan dollars... Someday there’ll more time lol.
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