The 1909-S Indian Head Cent is another key date, with the lowest reported mintage of the series at 309,000 pieces. Also of interest, this coin represents one of only two years that Indian Cents were produced at the San Francisco Mint and marks the final year for the series. In the same year, the production of the Lincoln Cent began, which was marked by the famous 1909-S VDB.
It is said that most of the scant mintage of the 1909-S Indian Cent was soon retracted from circulation and hoarded as a monument to the design. Because of the impact of the hoarding, the coin is not as rare as the mintage would suggest. Examples, however, are always in demand and pieces with good eye-appeal are hard find.