The 1909 S VDB can be worth thousands in high grade. The "VDB: initials are located on the back of the coin, centered on the bottom. It was later removed due to the fact that citizens felt it was disrespectful.
In her series, "Tondi observations," contemporary artist Jacqueline Lou Skaggs paints miniature oil paintings on the copper surface of discarded U.S. pennies. Interestingly, as she points out in her description of the series, her actions elevate the value of the coins while simultaneously defacing them.