95% RED. A beautiful example of this very tough date in Proof. The obverse is mostly a golden red and taken on its own, it would easily be classified as full red. The reverse is also very close to full red. This is one of the finest examples known without going into full red. There are only 10 examples graded with only one better: The famous MuCullugh PR67+RB which sold for $258,500 a few years ago. There are numerous diagnostic die polish lines on the obverse - some by Lincoln's nose and others under the TY in LIBERTY. These are on all genuine 1909 VDB Proofs. It is uncertain how many 1909 VDB proofs actually were minted. Officially 1,194 are reported, but only as little as 450 may have been released to collectors. About 300 exist today and only half of those are certified. The distribution of these were atypical. Either the mint did not desire to release them or those inside the Mint knew they had a hot item in their hands and held them back. These were struck on July 30, 1909 and delivered on August 2nd. The specimens were not released in a random fashion to collectors. Some reports later stated that Mint employees had access to them and bought most for themselves. As a result it was difficult to acquire this coin unless you had connections to friends working at the mint.