Looks like there is an s there. Maybe s/s. What are your thoughts?
Study what an S mint mark looks like on a 1909-S cent. Does your coin have an exact match for the mint mark?
Damage. Along with the other scratches on the coin.
If you just look at the mint mark location and where it is suppose to be on the 2 known variety examples seen here:varietyvista.com/02a%20LC%20RPMs%20Vol%201/RPMs%201909S.htm
You can easily see that its neither.
Keep searching !
@BeNobes... Welcome aboard. That appears to be Post Mint Damage (PMD). Cheers, RickO
What's an LWS? Lincoln With Scratch? Looks like a bad staple scratch and no S.
Worry is the interest you pay on a debt you may not owe.
As others have said, all you have to do is compare your cent with photo of another 1909S
to see that there is no way that yours is a S mint mark.
Pareidolia. Merely a scratch