Rare 1909 penny among items to be sold during W.Va. treasurer's unclaimed property auction

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — West Virginia's latest unclaimed property auction features a rare penny that Treasurer John Perdue expects will draw attention from coin collectors.

The 1909-S VDB penny is among a variety of items that will be offered for sale. The penny is ranked 14th in the second edition of "100 Greatest U.S. Coins." Its appraised value is $500.

Karen Plunk with Lone Star Auctioneers says in a release from Perdue's office that the coin is the most famous Lincoln penny that can still be found.

Lone Star will conduct the auction for Perdue's office from June 3 to June 18.

Perdue says all items to be sold come either from safe deposit boxes or law enforcement seizures.

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