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What does VDB mean on pennies?

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April 15, 2009 10:15PM

VDB stands for Victor David Brenner, who created the front side of the cent (Lincoln's head).

He put them prominently on the reverse side of the coin when it was first issued. The public thought it was egotistical (?) and a campaign was launched to pressure the mint to remove his initials. Later that year they were removed. In 1918 the initials were placed in extremely tiny letters under the fold of Lincoln's coat, where they remain on coins struck ever since.
vdb are the initials for Victor D. Brenner, the designer of the front of the Lincoln cent. He also designed the wheat-ear reverse used from 1909 to 1958.