7 Rare Wheat Pennies Worth Collecting & What They’re Worth

wheat-penny-back-public-domain.jpg Among the most popular U.S. coins are Lincoln wheat pennies.

Millions collect them, and they have been highly popular with coin collectors of all ages and incomes for decades.

But which are the rarest wheat pennies?

And what are the low-ball pricing figures and values for these rare Lincoln wheat cents?

Let’s examine these 7 rare wheat pennies closer.

 

1909 S V.D.B. Wheat Penny

The 1909 S VDB is one of the most popular rare coins from the modern era. Only 484,000 of these coins were struck. The 1909 S (San Francisco) V.D.B. (initials of the designer) wheat penny easily commands $750 even in the lowest of collector grades. Those VDB initials stand for Victor David Brenner and they are found on the reverse, centered below the wheat stalks.

1909 S Wheat Penny

This is another 1909 San Francisco issue that is considered quite scarce. Collector demand is quite high for the 1909 S wheat penny, which can bring in at least $100. With a mintage of 1,825,000, the 1909 S is a very scarce coin with many people clamoring to get a hold of one.

 

1914 D Wheat Penny

The 1914D Lincoln cent is one of those penny rarities which just keeps getting more expensive with time. With a little more than a million ever struck, the 1914-D usually commands over $200 in the lowest grades.

 

1922 “Plain” Wheat Penny

What happens when a mintmark is supposed to be stamped on a coin but never gets there? You have, in most cases, a popular rarity. That’s what happened when a small number of the 7,160,000 Lincoln wheat pennies the Denver mint produced in 1922 never received a “D” under the date on their cents thanks to a problem with the die. Examples of the 1922-D wheat penny with no trace of the “D” evident can fetch over $400 in the lowest grades. Beware, however, of regular 1922-D cents which have had their “D” mintmarks worn off by unscrupulous types.

 

1931 S Wheat Penny

1931 was a lean year for Lincoln penny production in San Francisco. The San Francisco mint struck only 866,000 Lincoln pennies that year, creating what many collectors would later regard a very important and eventually pricey “key” Lincoln cent. 1931 S Lincoln pennies currently sell for at least $100 in the lowest collector grades.

 

1943 Bronze Wheat Penny

In 1943, the U.S. Mint struck pennies out of steel to help ration copper for military purposes. However, a few 1943 Lincoln pennies wound up being struck in bronze, and these rare mistakes are worth a pretty penny indeed. In fact, some 1943 bronze cents have been sold at auction for over $100,000. Keep in mind that while the 1943 bronze Lincoln penny is very popular, it is virtually never considered as necessary for completing a Lincoln cent collection.

By the way, the 1943 steel Lincoln penny is not at all a rare — or even scarce — coin. However, it is a special one-year issue, which demands its own bit of popularity for being a distinctive-looking coin that everyone needs to complete their Lincoln cent collections and everyone wants because of the unique nature of the coin.

 

1955 Doubled Die Obverse Wheat Penny

1955-double-die-penny.png Though an error coin (like the 1922 “plain” cent) the 1955 Doubled-Die obverse cent is nevertheless one of the most popular “rare” Lincoln pennies which, in some people’s minds, must be had in order to complete a collection of Lincoln wheat cents. There were well more than 330,000,000 Lincoln pennies struck at the Philadelphia mint in 1955, but only a tiny fraction of these received the significant doubling of the obverse design which warranted the attention and popularity the coin has since received. The 1955 doubled die obverse starts selling at around $1,000 in the lowest grades.

Far more common is the “Poor Man’s” 1955 doubled-die cent. While plentiful, they don’t have the dramatic raised doubling seen on the 1955 doubled dies which everyone is always talking about.

 

For More Information

  • To get an idea as to current value for the Lincoln wheat cents mentioned in this article, visit the PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) Lincoln cent pricing chart.
  • To find out more on mintage figures (as well as tons of other information about U.S. coins), purchase the current edition of A Guide Book of United States Coins, printed by Whitman Publications and edited by R.S. Yeoman and Kenneth Bressett.

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My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, and living green with others.

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  • Anonymous

    I found a Lincoln penny with a star above the date. Is this a rare coin???

    • Anonymous

      Hi Laquenda,

      It sounds like somebody etched or stamped that star on themselves. Your coin, unfortunately, is now considered altered. While it might now be considered a novelty coin, it unfortunately doesn’t make the coin rare and it now is worth just face value to most coin collectors.

  • Anonymous

    I was just wondering what would you pay for the 1943 bronze wheat penny

  • Anonymous

    has anyone heard of a lincoln penny where the head is double struck? I have seen where the date 1955 has been double struck, but can’t find info where the head has been.

    • Anonymous

      Lbutler,

      Perhaps the Lincoln cent you are referring to is the 1984 doubled ear Lincoln cent. There’s a photo of one here: http://www.coinpage.com/coin-image-5707.html

      The 1984 doubled die Lincoln cent is worth around $200 to $300.

      If this is not the coin you were thinking of, please let me know and we’ll see if we can figure out the piece in question!

      • Anonymous

        Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to me. The coin listed below is not the one. Its not his ear, but the outline of his face features is the part double stamped.

        Once again, thank you so much.

        • Anonymous

          L,

          I wish I could help you on that — I’m not aware of any particular doubled die where the head is so evidently double struck on the Lincoln cent.

          It might be some type of extreme machine doubling piece (typical pieces are not usually worth much more — if anything — over usual collector value for the coin) or it may even be some type of novelty piece. However, without seeing the coin, I am unable to provide much more info on it.

          I do wish you all the best in finding out more about what you have!

  • Johnny

    I have various coins and currency. I have a penny collection ranging from 1909-2009 missing only 16 dates. Happy to know if anyone would like to sell early year wheat pennies to complete my collection. Thanks

    • Anonymous

      Good luck, Johnny! Lincoln cents are one of my all-time favorite coins. If you have no luck with anybody responding to your post here, be sure to check out a coin dealer’s inventory. Here is some advice if you’re new to buying coins online or through eBay: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/07/buy_coins_on_ebay.php

    • ty

      what yr are you looking for and what is your offer

    • Ryan Wiemer

      what dates looking for johnny

  • Judy

    What about a 1909 penny without any mint mark? I looked for the VDB on the back but do not see that either. Thank you

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Judy —

      A 1909 penny without a mintmark is a Philadelphia 1909 cent. These are the most common of the 4 different 1909 Lincoln cents. Still, a decent example without any damage or signs of cleaning is worth easily $1 to $2.

  • Angela R. Mccloud

    What is the value of a 1945 and a 1950 bronze wheat penny? Thank you.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Angela —

      Each of your pennies is worth 2 to 5 cents assuming they are in worn grades.

  • Angela R. Mccloud

    My 1945 and 1950 bronze wheat pennies also don’t have a mint mark on it.

  • Dwhanscom

    Hi, my name is Dave. I just started getting into collecting coins again with my wife, well I came across 10 1957 D wheat pennies that have a blob of copper in the lower loop of the B in Liberty obverse. Ive looked in books to see if this is an error coin and online and found nothing. Every blob looks the same so it looks like a die error. If anyone can help me with this, you can email me at, dwhanscom@comcast.net Thanks all… hopfully I have a rare error coin here.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Dave —

      First off, welcome back to coin collecting! So glad you’re collecting coins again and enjoying this great hobby!

      Now, as for the 1957-D with the blob, it sounds like you have a filled-die error. Though an error, it’s a fairly common one and doesn’t really carry much — if any — additional value over normal Lincoln cents, unless it has been recognized by Lincoln cent aficionados as being a particularly popular or rare filled-die error, and there’s no such record of that being the case with that coin now.

      However, it never hurts to hang onto it should it become something of value down the road.

      • Dwhanscom

        Thanks josh, yea I just looked through the rest of my wheats, and it does sound like what you say is true, I found about 20 of them just in my 1957d pile and found nothing online about them. I will take your advise and hang onto them. ill try and get a picture on here of what they look like. Thanks again.

      • Dwhanscom

        One more question if you dont mind. How do you tell the differance between bronze, copper, zinc, ect… pennies?
        dwhanscom@comcast.net

        • Anonymous

          Absolutely, Dave — There are a few key things to look for when determining a copper versus zinc versus steel cent:

          *Typical copper cents weigh 3.11 grams
          *Copper-coated zinc cents weigh 2.5 grams
          *Steel cents weigh 2.7 grams
          *Traditional copper cents have a deep orange color when uncirculated
          *Copper-coated zinc cents have a light, whitish orange look when uncirculated

          Hope this helps!

  • Gadget1961

    hi i was woundering if anyone has heard of a 1909-s penny double strucked , its off centered and it looks as though it was struck twice and it was not pulled out of the die intime , and them struck a gain, it like 2 pennys in one

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_72LXZW3CNKKKE36XP2VP3FLHHA juliette

    I have a bronze or steel 1943 wheat penny for sale.

  • Klupton

    Can anyone tell me about a 1957 S wheat penny? Would appreciate a post! : )

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Klupton —

      Are you sure it isn’t a globby ‘D’ mintmark? Because there are no ‘S’ mintmark pennies from 1957, it has to be some type of altered coin.

      • Klupton

        It’s different I will agree. Very clear S. I will try to send you a pic of it. Thank you for replying.

        • Anonymous

          Hi, Klupton — I had never heard of a 1957-S Lincoln cent of any type, so I double checked a number of reputable references on this to be sure, and I can find absolutely no documentation of there having been a 1957-S Lincoln cent, so that’s why I’ve concluded even without seeing a photo that this has to be some type of altered piece that was done for novelty affect.

          There are many very altered coins with added (or removed) mint marks, which is why it’s quite risky to buy rare coins that aren’t graded and encapsulated by grading companies — many coins which are rare because of the presence, or lack of, a mintmark have been altered.

          The key is knowing all the little nuances (what numismatists call ‘diagnostics’) are of each and every coin so you can tell if a coin is purely authentic or has been tooled and altered.

          • Eradikator

            I have a 1957-S Wheatie — don’t know if it’s altered or not. I took it to Medlar’s in San Antonio, Texas, and they said it was likely altered, but they said even so, it did not appear to be. Who knows?

  • jean

    can anyone tell me how much a 1955 wheat penny is worth?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Jean —

      A typical 1955 Lincoln wheat cent is worth about cents. However, if there is doubling on your 1955 wheat penny (seen in the date and lettering), it could be worth $1,000 or more. There’s a photo of the 1955 doubled die penny in this article above.

  • Harris12345

    how much is a 1913 s and 1953 D pennies worth ?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Harris —

      Your 1913-S Lincoln cent is worth $7 to $10 or more. The 1953-D, however, is worth 3 to 5 cents.

  • Markstuddard

    I have a 1955 wheat penny that looks like a 1995. Could this be a misstrike or does anyone know anything about this dated penny?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the question, Mark —

      I would need to see the coin to really give an educated suggestion as to what’s going on. My thinking without seeing the coin is that perhaps some type of grease or other matter got into the die right around the area of the date and affected the appearance of the third numeral.

      • Markstuddard

        joshua i have pictures of the 1955 wheat penny but don,t know how to put them on here or get them to you?

        • Anonymous

          OK Mark, you have 2 options for getting the photo to us:

          1. If the photo(s) of your coin appears online, go ahead and just post the URL of the webpage where it’s published. You can also post the URL for the photo itself right here on the comments page for The Fun Times Guide to Coins

          2. An easier way for us to see your photo is for you to viisit our Fun Coins page on Facebook — http://www.facebook.com/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins . ‘Like’ the Fun Coins page and then ‘attach’ your photos to a wall post there.

          • Markstuddard

            Joshua I put the photos of the 1955 penny on the Fun Times Guide To Coins and addressed it to you.Thank you, Mark

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, Mark! Please see my comments on your coin at The Fun Times Guide to Coins: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins?ref=ts

          • Markstuddard

            joshua. i would like for you to take a guess & tell me what the 1955 wheat penny is worth. and i have got over 86,000 wheat pennies in antique jars,(bought at auction) that have not been went through since the 70,s. I would like to sell them. could you tell me the best way to sell.or someone that would like to buy them. thanks mark.

          • Anonymous

            Wow, Mark — 86,000 wheat pennies! Well, I have 2 options for you about selling those, but first, as for that 1955 Lincoln cent, it depends if it’s a doubled die variety or not… A regular 1955 Lincoln cent is worth 2 to 3 cents. However, if there is doubling in the date and the lettering on the heads side of the coin (and it’s authentic) it could be worth $900 to $1,000 and up. Now, as for selling those 86,000 wheat cents. One common option for unloading tons of old wheat pennies is to sell them, without regard to date, in bags of 5,000 coins ($50 face value). Most dealers buy such lots for somewhere between $100 and $125 each. While this is, by far, the quickest method for selling coins, you might lose out on the value of any rare or semi-key dates that could be in all those coins.And that, therefore, introduces my second option: take your time and actually SEARCH each one of those Lincoln cents. This could take you a period of several hours to do, but if you find any special coins, you can sell those individually and then sell the common pieces in bulk lots (either rolls of 50 or bags of 5,000). I’d be happy to give you a heads up on the coins to look for. Just check out these links below:7 Rare Lincoln Cents: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/07/rare_…Semi-Key Lincoln Cents: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/12/linco…Please check back if you have any more questions!

  • Colbymdonovan

    i have a 1904 indian head penny that looks like it could have been stricken as an 1804. knowing they did not make these in 1804 what would something like this be worth?

    • Anonymous

      Hmm, Colby…

      Without seeing the coin I can’t say exactly what’s going on, but I can say that there is no noted overstrike varieties or errors I have ever seen involving the ‘9’ looking like an ‘8.’

      Is your coin porous? Maybe the metal has been damaged in the area and is making what appears to be a closed loop between the bottom and upper middle parts of the ‘9,’ though that’s purely a guess…

  • Betteryet1949

    I have a penny that is not the same color as a regular penny,it has a gold tone look and I have never seen one quite like it before.I have showed it to a lot of people and got a lot of HMM’S and WOW’S.The coin was minted in 1982.
    Have any idea what metal could have been used to make it gold toned?
    Bill

  • Trevclay

    Hey 16 and im kinda new to this stuff and i have a 1914D penny i think its kinda messed up on tha date part and i was wondering if a wheat penny has to have tha wheat stuff on tha back for it to be a wheat penny??

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Trev –Yes, a ‘wheat’ penny has to have the wheat stalks on the back for it to be a wheat penny; you’ll find a lot of coin collectors have different names for these coins — ‘wheaties,’ ‘wheat ear pennies/cents,’ wheat cents/pennies,’ etc. But, in every case, these terms all apply to U.S. cents made from 1909 to 1958 (except for 1909 Indian cents).As for your 1914-D cent, that’s q pretty rare penny worth at least $150. You did say, however, that yours looks ‘messed up on the date part.’ This concerns me because many (very common) 1944-D cents have been altered to look like 1914-D pennies. If there appears to be an unusually wide gap between the ‘9’ and the second ‘1’ in the date, you may have one of these altered pennies.There are ways to alter other coins to make a penny look like a 1914-D, including adding a ‘D’ mint mark to the common 1914 (no mintmark) cent.I hope this helps you. Please feel free to ask further questions if you need more assistance!

      • Wudadollfall

        Hi, my name is Stephanie. I am 16 and recently recieve a 1935 1 cent US wheet penny with my change. It is in good condition for its year, not shiny but very clean. How much would it be worth?

        • Anonymous

          Hi Stephanie,

          A typical circulated but nice-looking 1935 penny is worth around 10 to 25 cents. While that doesn’t sound like a whole lot for a coin that’s 75 years old, still hang onto it. Its value may increase in the future and it’s getting pretty difficult to find nice old wheat cents in circulation these days.

          Thanks for your question!

  • Angela Mccloud

    How much is a 1945 wheat penny with two I’s in LIBERTY and no mintmark? LIBERTY on my 1945 penny reads like this: IIBERTY. Angela Mccloud.

  • Mary LeBlanc

    Mary LeBlanc
    I save my dimes for my grandson. As I was looking through my change and collecting my dimes I found a penny with the same silver or zinc color as a dime.
    The date is 1998 D. Is this an error or has the penny been altered.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Mary —

      There are two possible explanations for that:

      1.) It’s an error. Pennies made since 1982 have a zinc core coated in copper. However, sometimes the copper coating isn’t placed on pennies in error. These can be worth $50 and up.

      2.) It’s altered. A common experiment done by school kids is to strip the coin of its copper using chemicals. This process removes all collector value from the coin.

      What should you do? Because it’s pretty hard to tell what happened to your coin without seeing it in hand (even a photo wouldn’t necessarily help in this case), your best option will be seeking the aid of a coin dealer who can examine the coin under a high-powered magnifying glass to check the coin.

      Using the Professional Numismatists Guild site is one of the best ways to look for a reputable coin dealer near you; here’s the link: http://www.pngdealers.com/dealersearch.php

    • Parshooter2

      Joshua also left out that it could have been struck on a dime blank also a rare error

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for chiming in, Parshooter. Yes, I did neglect to mention the dime possibility and I appreciate your contributing that point to the discussion; perhaps I didn’t notice any mention by the reader of the penny being smaller than average but, definitely, you’re exactly right. Any penny that looks ‘silver’ in color may have been struck on a dime planchet in error, thus resulting in a fairly valuable piece.

        Thanks for reading and sharing your insight!

    • Jake

      ayy thats really Rare keep that penny! i think it would fetch at least a couple grand in a collectors eye

    • Jake

      ayy thats really Rare keep that penny! i think it would fetch at least a couple grand in a collectors eye

    • http://www.facebook.com/jayalavillarreal Javier Ayala Ayala Villarreal

      cents sometimes make silver or copper, by an electrolysis system

      and make any date

  • raymond bartholomew

    1955 penny too much copper on fore head, all the way too the eye brows

  • Lespaulguitarman

    ive got a 1928 dime what is it worth

    • Liz

      Are you sure its dime and not a steel penny?

    • Liz

      Are you sure its dime and not a steel penny?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Lespaul —

      A 1928 dime is worth around $2 to $3 in typical grades. Steel cents were made in 1943, though some were mistakenly dated 1944.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Lespaul —

      A 1928 dime is worth around $2 to $3 in typical grades. Steel cents were made in 1943, though some were mistakenly dated 1944.

  • Kay

    I have a 1943 wheat penny with no mint mark that appears to be silver. What would it’s worth be?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Kay,

      Your zinc-coated steel 1943 wheat penny us worth between 10 cents and $1, depending on its overall condition.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Kay,

      Your zinc-coated steel 1943 wheat penny us worth between 10 cents and $1, depending on its overall condition.

  • Kay

    I have a 1943 wheat penny with no mint mark that appears to be silver. What would it’s worth be?

  • Cortada52

    I have two wheat pennys tha no one appear to know abbout. One nickel from 1956,bigger than normal”.the other very small and”blear
    ‘of copper. any help?Carlos

  • Cortada52

    I have two wheat pennys tha no one appear to know abbout. One nickel from 1956,bigger than normal”.the other very small and”blear
    ‘of copper. any help?Carlos

    • Anonymous

      Hi Carlos,

      If you’d like to post a photo of your coins on The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook wall, we’d be happy to take a look and see exactly what you have!

      Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

    • Anonymous

      Hi Carlos,

      If you’d like to post a photo of your coins on The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook wall, we’d be happy to take a look and see exactly what you have!

      Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

      • dylan

        hey i have a 1955 wheat penny wear would i cash it in at

        • Anonymous

          Hi, Dylan —

          You’d want to check out the local coin dealer. Before you make the trip though, unless the date and lettering on the heads side of your coin is doubled (which makes it worth around $1,000), your coin is worth around 3 cents if the strike looks normal (no doubling).

  • Renee D Kelly

    Hi, Joshua–
    My name is Dawn and I have a 1926 wheat penny. It has been sliced on the side of it where liberty is and on the first letter of the word In, now the slice didnt cut any of the letters out and its a clean slice is my wheat penny worth anythang and what caused this?

  • Renee D Kelly

    Hi, Joshua–
    My name is Dawn and I have a 1926 wheat penny. It has been sliced on the side of it where liberty is and on the first letter of the word In, now the slice didnt cut any of the letters out and its a clean slice is my wheat penny worth anythang and what caused this?

  • Hamadeali

    i have a 1909,1909vdb,and 1909s.all in good condition. worth anythin?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Hamadeali — each of your 1909 pennies is worth much MUCH more than face value.

      *Your 1909 penny is worth around $3.
      *The 1909 VDB has a value of around $10
      *And your 1909-S Lincoln cent has a value in the grade of Good of right around $100.

  • Coppr22

    i found a 1958 d double [reverse]
    {e pluribus unum} any value on this?

  • Rwag

    Wow Joshua! Thank you so much for the info… it’s so nice to get clear answers like you’ve done here.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Rwag —

      Thank you so much for your feedback!

  • Tracye

    I have a 1909 wheat penny with VDB on it. What’s it worth & how do I sell it?

    • Anonymous

      Tracye,

      You could sell it to a local coin dealer or on eBay an expect to get around $8 to $10 for it.

    • Forrest Ferguson

      A 1909 vdb in vg condition is worth approx. $10.00, U can sell on E-Bay, If it had a S on the front it would of been worth $700.00 to $3,000.

  • Gclary

    i have one 1914 wheat back penny plain good condition.i have one 1955-D wheat back in good condition.i also have one 1936 quarter in fair condition.i would like to sell. call 850-652 3015 if interested.yhanks

  • Forrest Ferguson

    I Found in a old wheat Album a 1909 vdb Double Die Overse in MS Condition, anyone have an Idea what the coin is worth? tks

  • Brandon

    Hello Joshua. I am still trying to figure out what “obverse” means. I have a bunch of coins (not a collector, just picked up shiny things from youth) and one of these coins is a 1955 wheat penny…I researched it and just can’t figure out what it means. I have many others as well but have eliminated there being any value to them.

    I’m currently researching a 1952 with an S. I have a few from 1925 to 1958 but after actually looking into coins for the first time I had no idea how much is entailed…lol..a lot.

    Well, thanks. Any input is appreciated.

    • Anonymous

      Brandon,

      The “obverse” is also called the “heads side” by many people. You’ll probably come across the term “reverse,” too — that’s the “tail’s side.”

      A 1952-S wheat cent is worth around 3 to 5 cents, as are most Lincoln wheat cents from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.

      Please feel free to ask us any other questions you have!

  • Lerae

    I have some old Wheat Pennies, can seem to find out any thing about them…. I have a 1902 India head, a 1919, and a 1920.

    • Anonymous

      Lerae,

      The most valuable of those pennies is the 1902 Indian Head cent, worth around $2 to $5 in typical, undamaged worn grades.

      The 1919 and 1920 pennies are each worth around 15 cents.

  • Ryan

     Hi! I’m currently doing a small research project. Basically I have to find something of value and infer how much it will cost within 200 years. I understand that this would be an extremely rough estimate, but I was wondering if you could guess how much a 1909 S wheat penny would be worth in around 200 years? This area of coins and pennies are definitely not in my expertise, and I was wondering if there is really any way to determine this value within a couple hundred years at all. Any help would be appreciated!

    • Anonymous

      Great project, Ryan!

      It’s really pretty difficult to determine with any accuracy whatsoever how much the 1909 S penny (did you mean the expensive one — with VDB on the reverse?) will be worth in 200 years. Most in the field shy away from speculating on values because the coin market is really volatile.

      However, here are some factors to consider….

      *There are millions of people who collect Lincoln pennies today, and there are probably 50,000 or more 1909-S VDB pennies existing in collectible condition, yet the coin is worth at least $1,000 even in low collectible grades.

      *Project potential demand for the 1909-S VDB penny in 200 years; demand versus supply is going to ultimately dictate how much the coin will be worth in two centuries.

      *Perhaps something to consider is how many people will even be collecting coins in 200 years. Hopefully, the hobby continues to grow, but as coin usage shrinks, so might coin collecting.

      While there’s absolutely no way to accurately determine what the value of the coin will be in 200 years, you could still make a pretty intelligent guesstimate based on:

      *An average rate of inflation
      *Population projections for 200 years from now
      *Assuming the coin will still have the appeal among coin collectors that it has today
      *Accounting for the inevitable loss of existing pieces in the decades to come

      Have fun with this project!!!!

      Good luck

  • Firefighter8125

    hi this is Bryan  what is the 1969s penny worth

    • Anonymous

      Firefighter,

      A regular 1969-S Lincoln cent that’s worn is worth only face value. If it’s a proof 1969-S penny (really shiny with mirror-like surfaces) it’s worth around $1 to $2.

      The rare 1969-S double die is a rare piece worth $50,000 or more; you’ll know you have a 1969-S double die cent because the date and lettering on the obverse (head’s side) look like they have ghost images. Here’s some more info on that coin and other valuable Lincoln Memorial cents: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/12/lincoln_penny.php

  • Tom

    i have a 1982 penny that is around 1/ 16 in dia larger than the rest .  dors it have any value?

  • Liz_nowell

    what is the two centuries of indian pennies worth? it was designed by james b longacre and was in circulation from 1859 through 1909

    • Anonymous

      Liz,

      Let’s say a collection of Indian Head pennies consisted of one coin of each date without errors or special varieties, and each coin were in typical, circulated grades. Such a collection would be worth around $1,800 to $2,300.

  • Sheenapiane

    what is the value of us 1 cent lincoln penny 1951?

    • Anonymous

      Sheen,

      A typical 1951 Lincoln cent with an average amount of wear is worth 3 to 5 cents.

  • Anonymous

    il try this again i have a wheat penny i found it has the date of 1976 on it i think that this penny is rare  could u help me out with this have u ever heard of a penny like this and whats it worth thanks

    • Anonymous

      Fnix,

      It sounds like you have a novelty coin, because no such coin was ever struck by the United States Mint. Somebody interested in such curiosities may spend a couple dollars to purchase it.

  • Ginabug2662

    I have a wheat penny dates 1898 how much is it worth I also have one 1909 and a few more not sure of dates but I like to know what they’re worth I’ll probably take them to a local coin place

  • Sallie

    I have a 1914 wheat-back plain. Does this penny have any significant value ? THANK YOU

    • Anonymous

      Sallie,

      A typical 1914 Lincoln cent that is heavily worn and has no mintmark is worth between 15 cents and $1

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RZSXMP6F263QDFAKOHU33GZ73A Darlene Townes

    i have a 1920 wheat penny plain,with the word one cents on the back it it worth keeping.

    • Anonymous

      Darlene,

      A typical 1920 penny with an average amount of wear is worth 10 to 20 cents; however, If it were me, I’d hang onto the it if for nothing else than the fact it is a classic, old coin.

  • Dick

    What would be the value of a Lincoln wheat cent with one wheat stalk on the front and only one wheat stalk on the reverse?  The last two digits of the date are missing because of the wheat stalk on the front.

    • Anonymous

       Dick,

      Would you please post a photo of your coin here in the comments forum? Thanks!

  • Anonymous

     Chuck,

    A 1909 VDB (the one without the S mintmark) probably wouldn’t be worth more than a dollar or so.

  • Anonymous

    From what I can tell of the coin, it could be that somebody squeeze another wheat cent on top of this one, perhaps with a vice, or it is the result of either a die clash (when both dies, obverse and reverse, make contact with each other. If the damaged die isn’t replaced, the result may be a coin like yours). Such errors are common and worth $1 to $5 to interested coin collectors.

  • Archcity1930

    HAVE  1945 OFF DIE STAMP WHEAT PENNY ON HEAD SIDE..Is there any value in this penny?

  • Grant

    I have a 1914 d penny in very nice condition. Anyone interested in buying?

    • Jschroeder

      I will give you $5 bucks

      • john

        What a rip-off offer. It`s worth at least 100.00 at the lowest condition.

    • John

      It`s worth 100.00 at the lowest grade.

  • Gadget1961

    what is the best way of preserving the steel pennys

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DO3E7XNR2F3MYERSOAQJZPNQQ Stephanie

    i have a 1955 wheat penny  two of them actually . One is 1955 D and one is simply 1955. The one penny looks like lincoln is embossed on it,,the other dont as much. Are these worth anything? The dates are not boubled like pictured above. How can one get it graded? or any coins graded. I always kept the wheat pennies and I would like to look at them and see what any of them are worth.. in my pocket here (not my collection upstairs lol.. i have 1944,1941 and 1945 also.. I have others but dont know the dates til i pull them out.I also have a1906 Indian head penny any value to that? and also a 1914 Wheat penny (can barely see date on penny and its stamped with a K over it , whats that all about?

  • Cfs176

    I have a penny that Is blank on both sides. Does anyone know anything about it, do this happen alot in a certain year or something? Thanks for any info on it…

  • Hillside2854

    i have a wheat penny 1945d shiny with lincoln head on one side and a small lincoln head on the other along with the wheat looks brand new. is ther any value to this penny

  • Maggiemay137

    My son has a 1924 wheat penny without the “D” under the date how is that rare?

    • Anonymous

      Maggiemay,

      Thanks for your question. The 1924 Lincoln penny without the “D” is more common than the type with the “D” and is worth around 10 cents.

  • Kristin bliven

    i have several old pennies starting from 1935 that i would like to sell my email address is krisblvn1@hotmail.com

    • Anonymous

      Kristen,

      If you want to sell your coins at a local coin dealer, here is a search engine that should make it easy to find a reputable one nearby you: http://www.pngdealers.com/dealersearch.php
      Good luck!

  • Cshubart

    i have a 1919 wheat penny and it looks like it
    has been double stamp with image and another
    image on top of that but it only goes to about the
    middle of the coin 

    • Anonymous

      Cshubert,

      Please feel free to post a pic of it here on the comments forum and we’ll see if we can help!

  • Scorpnking1

    Gregg        I have a 1956 wheat cent it looks like on the mint a D was stamped over a S is it worth anything.

    • Anonymous

      There were no S mintmarks on 1956 Lincoln cents, so I can’t say without seeing the coin what might be causing the appearance of an extra marking under or around the D.

  • D. G. Caylor

    Was there ever a wheat penny purposefully struck with a single large wheat stalk wrapped around a “1” on the back?  The front is very dirty and worn but looks like a Lincoln profile.   David

    • Anonymous

       Hmm, there is no such coin struck at the U.S. Mint that way, but please feel free to post a photo here in the comments forum so we can take a look and see if it might be a recognizable token of some sort.

  • Rbbbgerke

    i have a 1898 and 1936 wheat,any value?

    • Anonymous

      Rbbb,

      About $1 to $3 in typical worn grades for the 1898 Indian Head penny and 10 cents for the 1936 Lincoln wheat cent. Thanks for your question!

  • Fishnmart

    I just found a bag of wheat pennies belonging to my grandfather. There are about 1200 total. I made the mistake of cleaning them with water and Lime Away. How much does this devalue the pennies?

    • Anonymous

      Fishnmart,

      That really depends on the individual condition of each coin, but I can tell you off the bat that the typical cleaned coin is often worth only half of it’s uncleaned value.

  • Renee D Kelly

    Hi Joshua,

    Havent been on here much lately but im still kinda up todate with some of your reponds to others with my e-mail over the past 4 years that i have started collecting coins i have build up alot i have found a few coins that my mother R.I.P GOD rest her soul btw but any ways i have found 2 coins that might have been priates gold they look just like each picture that i have found on them and I was wondering if u know anything about them if you have any better information than what I have found please let me know. Thanks ever so much.
    Dawn:)

  • Jmcc1954

    How try is it that wheat pennies 1940’s ,1950’s , and 1960’s do not have mints marks and are considered  Philly mints ? Thanks Jim

    • Anonymous

      Jim,

      That’s because the Philadelphia mint has always been the main mint and thus, for most of the U.S. Mint’s history it was thought by mint officials and also customary that a mintmark was not needed for coins stuck there. This has changed in recent decades, when now all U.S. coins, except the penny, have a “P” mintmark.

  • Johnny

    where can i get alot of pennies beside the bank and ebay?

  • Julie

    I have a 1956 wheat of penny.  Do you know the value of it?  Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Julie –

      A 1956 wheat cent is worth 5 cents.

  • Maxwellrossi

    I have a 1953 wheat, it has a defect in wheat.
    And as if the copper drained.

  • Chicocabrera68

    i have a 1944 penny with that logo how much can i get fot it

    • Anonymous

      Chico,

      A 1944 wheat cent is worth 3 to 5 cents.

  • Anonymous

    Speedyskid,

    What nation  is your half penny from? Thanks!

    • Maxwellrossi1

      One cent U.S ,1953 . It hás a defect in wheat and as ir the cooper drained.

  • statham

    i have a1969 lincoln  with an s  what is aprox . value

    • Anonymous

      Statham,

      A regular, worn  1969-S penny is worth face value.

      • Guillermoreal

        I have a 1844 penny how much is it worth

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Guiller,

          An 1844 large cent is worth around $15 to $30 if undamaged and in typical worn condition.

      • sap

        pls replay me fast

  • barbara rhoton

    I HAVE THE 1914 WHEAT PENY I CONSIDER TO BE IN THE LOWEST GRADE IF THIS MEANS THE CONDITION. IT IS PITTED AND WORN SMOOTH YET THE DATE AND D MINT CAN BE SEEN ALONG WITH THE WHEAT LEAF DESINGS. SOME LETTERING OF IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY,AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ANYONE INTERESTED. CONTACT ME.

  • Chopperz2000

    hey josh i have a 1902 inndian head front wheat stocks on back, was wondering about it’s value . what do u think it’s wourth…………

    thanks ,chopperz2000

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Chopperz,

      Your 1902 Indian cent is worth around $2 to $5 in typical worn condition.

  • abby

    Hello, I have a 1914 penny with only one side. “heads” side is there, but the back is smooth. is it worth anything??

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Abby –

      This sounds like an altered coin, most likely used either as a piece of jewelry or a magician’s coin. Such a piece really has no monetary value to coin collectors.

  • Dmckee65

    I found a 1979 lincoln penny with a star or currency looking stamp in the coin above date. Let me know what you think! Thanks David

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      What you have is a counterstamped coin. This means it is a real coin that was stamped by a private individual or minting company. Your piece may be worth around $1 to a novelty coin collector.

  • Dmckee65

    Here’s a picture of the penny with the mark! Let Know what you think! Thanks David

  • Jessica

    I found a wheat penny made in 
    1940, 
    1919, 
    what can these be possibly worth? 

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Jessica,

      In typical worn condition, your 1919 cent is worth around 10 cents while the 1940 is valued at around 5 cents.

  • polly

    I have five 1955 pennies can you tell me what they are worth

  • Tnvols3435

    I found a1929 s wheat penny. Any value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Yes, Tnvols – as 1929-S wheat cent is worth around 10 cents.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D6ZKDUSVXHPR6MTBZKQ7VCPBO4 Michael

    I’m trying to find out what at 1900 one cent Indian Head ( Penny ) that does not have a mark showing which mint it was made at is worth , can anyone HELP ?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Michael,

      Until 1908, all Indian Head cents were made at the Philadelphia mint, which didn’t place a mintmark on any of its coins at the time.

  • Waterfallliz

    I have a 1905 indian head penny is it worth anything

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Waterfalliz,

      your 1905 Indian Head cent is worth between $2 and $5 if it is in typical, worn condition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Megan-Cluff/100002521226487 Megan Cluff

    i have a 1991 shinny yellow penny that the rim is magnetic what is it worth..

  • Sissy Dennis

    I have a 1969 D Lincolyn penny that appears to be missing the word “IN” from IN GOD WE TRUST & the letter “L” in LIBERTY.The letters “UST”  in TRUST are very faint. The reverse of the coin is in great readable shape. Is this an odd coin? I have had it in my old piggy banks for over 40 years & just started digging through to roll. Any answer as to why this penny would be missing letters. 

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Sissy,

      It sounds like your penny was weakly struck. This is a fairly common issue and your coin may be worth $1 to $5 to error coin collectors.

  • none ya

    im just getting into coin collecting so bare with me i found a 1989 no mint mark double die coin but u cant see it unless u look under a magnafier and its only sum of the words not all could i be seeing things

  • beauti

    I have a 1983 yellow looking penny. Is it worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Beauti,

      There are many 1983 pennies that look yellow in appearance because zinc interfered with the copper plating. These so-called “Brass cents” are worth a very small premium over regular Lincoln cents and are worth around 50 cents to $1.

  • Phillip

    I have a 1960 wheat cent with a double d on it… any value? and thank you…

  • melissa

    I have a 1955 D wheat penny how do you know if it is double die

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Melissa,

      There are no 1955-D double die Lincoln cents. However, if it were a doubled die, you would see a ghost image of the date and lettering on the heads (obverse) side of the coin.

      • Lady

        I’m confused. I thought that 1955 was the most common of the doubled die pennies… http://coins.about.com/od/coinsglossary/g/doubled_die_def.htm

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Lady,

          The 1955 doubled die Lincoln cent is definitely one of the most popular coins of this variety; the 1995 doubled die Lincoln cent is another popular piece, though at roughly $45 it is much less valuable than the $1,000+ 1955 doubled die Lincoln penny.

  • Hanklovesongwriter17

    How can I tell if my 1943 wheat penny is bronze?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Hank –

      I would make sure it weighs 3.1 grams and does NOT stick to a magnet before even getting excited. Then, check the date and make sure the font looks EXACTLY like that of steel 1943 pennies (sometimes 1948 pennies or those of other dates are altered to look like 1943 pennies). If that checks out, consider sending your coin off to a third party coin grading company. Here’s some additional info on that: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/01/slabbed_coins.php

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Hunter,

    A 1945-S Lincoln cent is worth around 10 cents in worn condition.

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Hi, Juan –

    A 1944 penny with any mintmark (letter under the date, either D for Denver or S for San Francisco) is worth around 5 cents.

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Hi, Kungfupanda –

    Each would be wort around 5 to 10 cents in typical, worn condition.

  • Pennycollector

    Hi, I know that the 1955 wheat penny is the one with double die, however, I have a 1955 – D where the Donly is double die. I bought it years ago and if you look at it the D is clearly double. Is there such a penny?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi,

      It sounds like you have a 1955-D with a repunched mintmark. This variety is worth around $1 to $2 per specimen.

  • brian

    i have a 1940 penny and the Y in liberty is bent up across the T and i cant find one like this any were could you help on this matter ..thank you

  • Dwayne Spaulding

    My mother says she has an old wheat penny with an Indian head and believes it is dated 1894? What are your thoughts on value of this wheat penny?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Dwayne,

      An 1894 penny in typical, worn condition is worth around $5.

  • Elisa

    I have two wheat pennies which I believe may be valuable  They are dated 1942 and 1940. Both are copper in color, however the 1940 penny has a reddish-brown coloring which I can best describe it as burnt red. Neither penny sticks to a magnet. Do I have something?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Elisa,

      While your 1940 and 1942 pennies aren’t rare and are worth around 5 cents each, they are of the obsolete wheat ears design and definitely worth hanging onto for the future.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Yanna/100000361219988 Chris Yanna

    I have a 1914 s wheat penny in poor condition , whats it’s value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Chris,

      Assuming your coin to be in well worn condition, I’d say it is worth around $7 to $10.

  • TheFrankster

    Hi, I have a 1943 steel that is in pretty good shape. I know they are not really worth a lot, but are nice to have apart of a collection. My question is concerning errors/double dies. On this coin the last in the word trust has an imprint right to the left. See photo… Not sure what to make of it. Any insight would be great! Please note that this is the best photo i could get with my iphone :)

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Frankster –

      Hmm… I’m not aware of any such doubled die, and it’s likely die damage. I did some research to double check this and cannot find any evidence of there being a notable doubled die for 1943 cents that shows that type of doubling in the area of TRUST.

  • Steveh8423

    It’s amazing how rare certain pennies are. I actually have a genuine 1943 copper penny I’ve been given by grandparents that passed coins down. My grandmother still has another one. They collected every penny made from all mints and stopped collecting when my grandfather got sick in 1978.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Steve,

      What an amazing collection that is!

  • Damarioandrello12345

    i have a 1909 vdb in very fine condition not so shiny but nice sharp detail what do you think the value is?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Damario,

      A 1909 VDB penny in the condition you describe is worth around $10 to $12.

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Hannah,

    Sounds like you’re describing a coin that was used as a magician’s piece. Such a coin really has no numismatic value.

  • Alex

    We have a 1914 plain wheat penny. Any value? Thanks!
     

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Yes, Alex – it’s worth around 20 cents.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/5BDPKJLMMWVXVXWMHMET3KZWIM HowardM

        I have a 1914 penny (no D ) in ms-63 condition. I think it is worth $200

  • David_m763

    what is 1950 double died penny worth?

  • Reebailey

    i have a 1907penny with i guest is the wheat on the back with the eagle shield up top and one cent in middle and on the front is indian chief. is it worth anything

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Ree,

      Yes, a 1907 Indian penny in typical worn condition is worth around $3.

  • Freddie

    i have a one cent from 1899 n real good condition..has an indian on 1 side n the other a wheat..what is it worth? ive asked this so many times n no ones giving me an answer

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/5BDPKJLMMWVXVXWMHMET3KZWIM HowardM

      Hi Freddie. your Indian cent is worth about $5.00 in very fine condition

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Freddie,

      An 1899 Indian cent in typical worn condition is worth around $2 to $3

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5BDPKJLMMWVXVXWMHMET3KZWIM HowardM

    you have 2 pennies worth 6 cents

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5BDPKJLMMWVXVXWMHMET3KZWIM HowardM

    3 cents

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5BDPKJLMMWVXVXWMHMET3KZWIM HowardM

    thats not possible!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5BDPKJLMMWVXVXWMHMET3KZWIM HowardM

    nope

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5BDPKJLMMWVXVXWMHMET3KZWIM HowardM

    3 cents

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5BDPKJLMMWVXVXWMHMET3KZWIM HowardM

    10 cents

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5BDPKJLMMWVXVXWMHMET3KZWIM HowardM

    its worth $100

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5BDPKJLMMWVXVXWMHMET3KZWIM HowardM

    it is worth 3 cents. all copper pennies are worth 3 cents

  • SHERELLSMITH21YAHOO.COM

    I HAVE A 1937 WHEAT PENNY AND I WHAT TO KNOW WHAT IT  IS THE VALUE OF IT

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Sherell,

      A 1937 penny in typical worn condition is worth around 10 cents.

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Bebe,

    Your 1907 Indian cent is worth around $2 in typical worn condition.

  • Mamacgillivray

    I have 2 Indian Head pennies
    1891    1907

    Do they have any value ?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      MaMac –

      They are both worth roughly $2 to $3 each.

  • Kel5er

    I have a 1909 S Penny and a 1914 D VG, slightly pitted….where can i find out more about these pennies and what their value is?  thanks!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6JQU4NOQNZPWKX5KFHSZ4XFGXU pat

    what about 1800,&1900, centrey pennies and their value

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6JQU4NOQNZPWKX5KFHSZ4XFGXU pat

    sorry india head wheat pennies cllection frm.1888to1899, collection frm 1900t01909,
    also lin.cop.cents,1921,-23,-24) 1932, 39) 1945, 51, 55, 60)&lincon ,cent1943d+s)
    standing liberty1926s quater)  1937,1928,, buffalo indianhead nickles  1944 liberty dime)1942, 65,68 liberty quaters

  • Upchurch88

    I HAVE A COLLECTION OF PENNIES IN A PLASTIC CASE…IT CONTAINS A 1919,1927,1933,1943(STEEL),1959,1963,1979,1981,1984…CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT IT MAY BE WORTH

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    JJ,

    A 1941Lincoln cent without the mintmark is worth around 5 cents.

  • Hotbrneyes123

    i have a1944 d wheat penny.. how much is it worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hot brown eyes,

      Your 1944-D cent is worth around 5 cents.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HTRXUA3VINSC6U3ZGZE74SW75A Sherrine

    i have a 1942 wheat penny with no mark

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Sherrine –

      You have a regular 1942 Lincoln cent made in Philadelphia (which does not strike mintmarks on coins), and it’s worth around 5 cents in typical, worn condition.

  • Dscholet

    I have a 1944 lincoln cent with a 9, or s on back of penny under America, between the wheat marks. What is that??

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      D,

      It sounds like somebody etched the “9” or “s” after it left the mint, which makes this an altered coin and, thus, not worth any more than face value in this case.

  • Theresagiles271

    Hi I have a copper Lincoln cent don’t know the year. But it’s half printed any ideas if it’s worth any thing?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Theresa,

      A Lincoln cent that’s half off-center is generally worth $10 to $20.

  • Grandma41991

    i have a 1923  peace dollar  the mint mart is on frount not on back by eagle plus it it double marked , i was told. could you give me any idea of worth ?

  • Chuckh42

    i have a 1956 wheat pennie that looks like zink and has a silver band around it like it came off a bracelet or something any thouhgs

  • Knnthhn

    I have a 1909 wheat penny with vdb in very fine condition with very little wear marks but I’m jus not sure where I should go to sell it or who might b interested in buying it. What should I do?

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Trparmalee,

    A 1943-D Lincoln cent is worth 10 cents to $1 based on condition.

  • Lemons Robin

    I have a 1955d wheat penny that lookd like s double die reverse if that makes any sense.  Every part of the penny has the same imprint in reverse over it.  Anyone seen anything like this?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Would you please post a pic of your 1955 Lincoln cent here in the forums section for us to look at? We may be able to make a determination as to what it is with an image. Thanks!

  • John Cabbot

    I have a 1914 penny but it is smaller than a dime and is very shiny like it was just made. Could it be a fake. It has wheat on the back of it

    • Agan 0888

      it could be a half cent

      • John Cabbot

         no it is not a half cent. i think it may be toy money.

  • Mepatrice

    do you do anything with paper money? I have a very small bill…looks to be asian, not typical size red with a truck on the back.

  • Briaustin97

    I Have A Penny That Has The Lincoln Memorial On Both Sides Of It But On Just ONE Side Is Abraham Lincoln’s Profile On It.. It’s From 1964.. How Much Is It Worth? And It’s Concave Shaped.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Bri,

      You have some type of novelty coin. Such a piece is interesting to look at, but it is not mint made and really has no monetary value above face.

  • WheatBack

    I have 2 wheat backs a 1920 and a 1945 what are they worth???

    • Qc9athlete

      not worth much at all … i have hundreds of 1920’s and 1920d but neither worth much …few cents

      • Father Nerreau

        i have a 1955  wheat penny what is this worth

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Father Nerreau,

          A 1955 Lincoln cent is worth around 5 to 10 cents.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi,

      Your 1920 Lincoln wheat cent is worth around 15 to 20 cents and the 1945 about 5 cents.

  • Bellovecino

    i got 1958 cent for sale if you ni the call my 770 572 3282 or
      bellovecino@gmail.com 

  • Joel Berryhill

    I have a 1902 Indian Head penny unc toned and it looks like it has an L what is it worth? And do they come with L i can’t find it in any of my books.Thanks Joel

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Joel,

      A toned, uncirculated 1902 Indian cent is worth around $25 to $50 based on exact grade. The “L” is the initial for James Longacre, who designed the Indian cent.

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Pennyboy,

    It may have been dropped in acid, which would owe to the coin’s very tiny thickness. If that’s the case, the coin has no value over face.

  • Mwaba99

    I have a 1927 and a 1940, wheat penny’s. Are they worth anything at all.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Mwaba,

      A 1927 Lincoln cent is worth about 10 cents whereas a 1940 about 5 cents.

  • M Meave37

    I have a 1942 wheat penny is it worth anything

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Meave,

      A 1942 Lincoln cent is worth around 5 to 10 cents.

  • Guest

    I have a 1946 wheat penny, and a 1953. how much would it be worth to a local coin collector?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Guest –

      Your 1946 and 1953 cents are each worth around 5 cents.

  • R Kett

    I have a double stamped 5 dallor Bill???any good??

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, R –

      The value depends on the series year as well as the bill’s condition. In general, double-stamped currency has a value if at least $25 to $50.

  • Noemailgiven

    I’ve got a few large jars just full of coins!  I know there’s some wheat pennies in there, and buffalo nickels, and who knows what else?!

    How should an average joe like me go through these jars before just taking them to the bank?? :

  • john

    i have a 1990 85%zinc/15%copper penny with no mercury. it’s silverish colored. tested on a element tester….what is it worth?

  • abdul razk

    Hi. aim from India/Goa i have one cent coins date 1942,1947,1953,1963,1971. 20 one cent coin i have if any one interested then please mail me or call me.raxxac6@gmail.com 007588664403.

  • jeremy

    I have a 1919 us penny, that on the backside has the stamp of a nickel, .with a large V in the center

  • Kevin

    I have a 1929 wheat penny with a square under the date, is it rare and what would it be worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Your 1929 is worth about 5 cents.

  • smitty919

    I have a 1913 wheat penny. The word “liberty” is mispelled. Any idea on what it could be worth?

    • Steven1998

      how is it spelled? just curious

  • http://www.facebook.com/nelsonjays Ignacio Mora

    These are the names of coins I have for sale.

    One Coin Two and Half Cent Minted Dominican Franco in 1888.
    A Ten Cent Coin Minted Dominican Franco in 1897
    Come One Cent Coin Minted Dominican Franco in 1897.
    A Coin Minted One Peso Dominican Franco in 1897.
    A Coin Minted in 1949 Palmita.
    FOREIGN:
    One Coin Five Cent Come and Reyna Isabel De Real Minted in 1862.
    A penny of Dollar Minted in 1902.
    A penny of Dollar Minted in 1944.
    A penny of Dollar Minted in 1953.
    One Coin Five Dollar Penny Minted in 1898.
    A Commemorative Coin One Dollar 1776-1976.
    Three Coins of One Dollar 1971, 1977 and 1979.
    Two Coins Half Dollar 1974 and 1990.
    A penny Canadian Dollar Minted in 1927.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.oreilly.1428 Daniel O’Reilly

    What is a 1900 red indian head penny worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Daniel,

      Do you mean “red” as in it is an unciruclated piece with orange surfaces? Such a piece is worth anywhere form $70 to $100 and up. However, if you have a worn 1900 Indian cent, its value is closer to $2 to $5.

  • Bob

    I have a 1917- d wheat penny, what is it worth ?

  • PHIL101

    I HAVE A 1822 1 CENT PIECE ??? LOOKS LIKE COPPER,THE SIZE OF A QUARTER.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Phil –

      An 1822 large cent is worth around $15 to $20 in typical, worn condition.

  • Mike

    1941 wheat penny ..its not copper or steel …but either zinc or silver..magnet will not pick it up but its lighter then a reg copper 1941 so it wouldnt be plated also has not signs of wear showing any other metal underneath.I have seen a few other posts about it and people not being able to find prices on it …so i am curious the value in it.

  • Taragon

    I have a 1949 shiny e pluribus unum with no signiture. Is it worth anything?

  • Anthony

    I Have an XF 1914 D Penny whats it’s value

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Anthony –

      The value of a 1914-D Lincoln cent in XF is around $850 to $900.

  • thomas

    yes i have a 1904 Indian head double die on the reverse.. the “ONE” is doubled. i cant seem to find any other double dies in the indian head penny era.. how much do you tthink that it is worth??

  • scott fleeman

    i have a wheat penny with no date any value

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi Scott –

      Perhaps your coin was altered, in which case there really is no monetary value to it.

  • Jon

    I have a 1956 D Wheat Penny that seems to be gold plated (At least looks gold or something of that color). I have no clue why or what it could be. It is honestly has the color and shine of a gold ring.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Jon,

      Somebody gold-plated that coin to commemorate a special occasion of some sort, most likely. The value of the gold is nominal (probably less than a dollar).

  • dillweed

    i have a 1938 wheat penny what is its value?

  • misskookie

    i have a 1943 penny. it in pretty good shape what it value. think it bronz. any help out there.

  • Rondon24

    I have a nickel that hs a woman’s head on it, is worth anything?

    • Steven1998

      it’s probably a buffalo nickel

    • mike

      It’s a Liberty nickel

  • roper

    I have a 1914d penny, however the 1 before the 4 is noticably longer (elongated top & bottom) than the 1 before the 9.
    Any idea?

  • Danny

    after searching thousands of whets i found gold. it is a 1958 ddo dd in/in god we trust dd in liberty. has any of these coins ever sold at auction. and do you have any idea of the value of this coin . it is in very good condition maybe ms-55++/66. ive got a lot of wows over it. i am sending the coin to PCGS how much insurance should i bye for it. Some one please respond. I need information. thanks.

  • xtine

    I have a 1942 US wheat penny with a D stamp on it. And it doesnt stick to the magnet. Any idea on\how much its value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Xtine,

      A 1942-D Lincoln cent is worth around 7 to 10 cents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1003319623 Leslie Cooper

    Looking for info on a 1946 wheat penny with no mint mark.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Leslie,

      A 1946 Lincoln cent is worth around 5 cents.

  • Ali

    I have several wheat pennies from 1930 D and 1935 D the oldest one is a 1917 S also 1942 D and 1943 S and few more. Just Wondering if I should find out more.

  • Sanchez

    I have a 1941-D penny what is its approx. value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Sanchez –

      A 1941-D Lincoln cent is worth about 5 to10 cents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/staci.s.bruce Staci Shepherd Bruce

    Hi I have inherited several old coin collections & not sure the value, I would like to get rid of them as my husband has been very ill with serious health conditions. Would you be intrested in purchasing them or no someone who is. We don’t have anyone local I can take them to but I would be happy to e-mail you some pics of them with a description. Just let me know. Thanks

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Staci –

      If there are no coin dealers in your area, your best bet may be selling them on eBay; there’s the possibility that you may receive more money for your coins from eBay buyers than you would from a coin dealer.

      We wish all our best to your husband.

  • F.aviles

    I have a peny 1969s double diet value this peny

  • F.aviles

    I have a 1969s lincoln peny double diet

  • elton

    I have a 1974 76 and a 1993 dimes all three d mint on the back where it says e-pluribusunum on the 1976 the usu is not there and on the 74 and 93 the first u and the s is not there did i find something or did i just collect thirty cents.

  • jenni benni

    I have a 1937 wheat penny that the 19 on the date is a blob, you can barely make out the numbers, yet the 37 and perfect. Is it worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Jenni,

      The “19” being blobby may come from a defect in minting. Normally, these types of issues don’t add any value to the coin.

  • jenni benni

    I have a 1937 penny and the 19 in a blob that you can’t really read, yet the 37 is perfect. Have you ever seen one like this?

  • coin boy

    I have a 1917 s and a 1925 wheat penny can anyone tell me the price range. If so please reply as soon as possible.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Coin Boy,

      A 1917-S and 1925 Lincoln cent is each worth around 10 to 20 cents.

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Karen,

    Lincoln appeared on the one cent coin in 1909 as a celebration of the centennial of Lincoln’s birth. the design was popular and has remained there ever since.

    A 1909 Indian Head cent is worth around $1 and $2 in typical, circulated condition.

  • Randy

    You are missing 1944 Steel penny. which is also worth around $100,000.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Randy –

      While this list includes 7 of the most popular Lincoln cent rarities, you’re right; the 1944 steel cent is a highly sought-after piece that routinely commands six-figure prices.

  • chuckh42

    i have a 1956 wheat pennie that looks like zink and has a silver band around it like it came off a bracelet or something any thouhgs

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Chuck,

      Your Lincoln cent was probably silver plated and it was incorporated into a piece of jewelry.

  • frank

    i have a 1923 wheat penny in good shape but has a stamp defect next to the l in liberty
    any feedback

  • tigerlily hillbilly

    I have a 1909-S-VDB that as a kid I found in circulation about 55 years ago. The VDB is distinct although there’s a nick in the coin where it is. How much would that effect value ?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Tigerlily,

      Wow, finding that 1909-S VDB in pocket change all those years ago must have been an incredible feeling!

      Unfortunately, nicks always mean a reduction in value, but having on right on the VDB, especially on the San Francisco cent, will probably knock a good percentage of value from the coin; perhaps 10 to 20 percent or more.

      However, only a sight-seen appraisal from a coin dealer would provide the exact details on price that you are probably looking for.

  • Bob

    I have just received my dead grandfathers coin collection of over 400 coins dating back to 1926—maybe even older. I haven’t looked at all of them yet. Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, 1/2 dollars and dollars. Some are in cases. Some are wheat backs and Indian coins. Most have already been authenticated.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Bob –

      For any type of values on these coins, we’ll need the date and denomination of each coin.

      Thanks!

  • dbaro828

    I found a 1990 penny that has no mint mark and the edge is a silver color on the back the memorial is silver and one cent is silver color it kinda looks like the lower part is cooper color with the imprint being silver color

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Hi, Charles –

    It seems the word is out on nickels the last few years. As I recall, nickels of all dates were pretty readily available in pocket change going back to the 1940s and 1950s. Today, “old” nickels are getting to be those from the 1960s and 1970s, with pieces dating before 1964 extremely difficult to locate anymore.

  • Karin

    I have some that are hard to read but looks like 1914 and the 1958 is a red color. Also a 1920 and 1934. Any value in any of these?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Karin –

      The 1914 and 1920 Lincoln cents have a value of around 15 to 20 cents each, whereas the 1934 and 1958 are each worth about 5 to 10 cents.

  • Tom

    I have 5 1943 wheat back pennies one with a D and one with a S and 3 with just the date, the 3 on the date doesn’t look like a half of a eight and I ran a magnate over them and they stuck to it. Anyone know if they are worth anything or not

  • Tom

    I have 5 1943 wheat back pennies, one with a s and one with a D and the other 3 just dates the 3 on the date doesn’t look like a 8 cut in half and when I run a magnate over them they all stick to it. My mom before she passed about 12 years ago gave me a container with atleast a hundred wheat backs so I just opened it and started looking at the dates.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Tom –

      Yes, all 1943 steel cents will stick to magnets, and they are each worth around 10 cents to $1 based on condition.

      Good luck with the other coins you are going through. Here’s some more info on other valuable Lincoln cents to check out: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/12/lincoln_semi_key_coins.php

  • samariac

    I have a 1943 wheat penny but its not copper and I would like to know the value

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Samariac –

      A 1943 steel cent is worth around 10 cents to $1 based on its condition.

  • auction hound

    I bought at auction to day a 1958 wheat pennie that looks to be struck on a nickle planchet it is laarger than a pennie and slightly smaller than a nickle but is nickle in apperance any Idea what it could be worth

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hmm,

      Would you mind posting a pic of your coin here in the forums so we can see exactly what’s going on with it? Thanks!

      • auction hound

        I posted the pics of the pennie as a reply to my own post I guess I should done it as a reply to your message. Just not used to working on .thanks

    • auction hound

      I have taken pictures of the 1958 next to a 43 steel take a look Joshua

  • http://twitter.com/lovemymama_06 Ari’s Ma

    Hi … I came across this page when I found a coin collection that I was given by an elderly neighbor when I was 6 years old .. This collection has been put away for 30 years now. There is a 1909 penny in a cardboard like protective case with plastic of the coin making it viewable. How can I tell if it has any value? There are also tons of Quarters with the drummer boy on the back and many other coins from different countries dating to the early 1900’s ..I found 2- $2.oo bills with red #’s and dated 1953B then a few more from the 70’s .. Where is the best place to have these coins looked at or valued?

    • Steven1998

      what 1909 are you talking about? theres the 1909 SVDB that can go for atleast $750-2000 a 1909 S penny could go for around $100-$150 a 1909 VDB could fetch i’d say $50-$150 and also the quarter you’re talking about is a bicentennial quarter they don’t go for much probably a dollar or two the $2.00 bills in uncirculated condition i heard could bring up to $200

  • Wakter M

    I have a like new penny that has never been stamped on either side, does it havge any value to a collector.

  • http://www.facebook.com/starfantazy Amy Neal

    i have a 1929 wheat penny with a little extra copper at the bottom. its not indented and doesnt look flat….

  • Steph

    I have the following, all circulated..
    1936
    1939
    1941
    1942 D
    1944 D
    2-1945
    1948 D
    1950 D
    2-1951 D
    1954 D
    2-1955 D
    4-1956 D
    1957 D
    4-1958 D…
    Is there any money coming to me at all? I have looked them up, but I’m hoping that you have a better, more valuable answer for me!!! LMK. Thanks

  • Steph

    BTW.. Those are all Wheat Pennies!!! ;-D
    V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V

  • Steph

    And 2 steel pennies, a 1979 Walking Liberty, 1921 Morgan Dollar and a 1903 Indian Head.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Steph –

      Each steel penny is worth around 10 cents to $1, the 1979 (? there were made from 1916 to 1947, so I’m not sure what year exactly you have, but any Walking Liberty half dollar is worth $8 and up due to silver value alone), a 1921 Morgan dollar is worth around $30, and a 1903 Indian Head cent is worth around $2.

  • mike

    i have a 1955 penny and its super thin ever heard of a thin penny is it a error

  • coingal

    I have a 1958D Double Die Date and can not found anything on it other a 1958 DD. All 4 numbers and the D are clearly double stamped but the Liberty and and In God we Trust is not. Is this a valueabe penny?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Coingal,

      While there is record of a 1958 doubled die cent (no D mintmark), a coin of which only two examples are known to exist and could fetch around $100,000 each, far more common would be coins of that year exhibiting machine doubling, a type of damage in which a coin is double struck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/arthur.shaw.96 Arthur Shaw

    I have a penny I found with just the numbers 200 for the mint Date?? weird

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Arthur –

      It sounds like your coin was either weakly struck or, perhaps, there was some debris in the part of the die where the fourth digit is. Usually, these types of coins don’t carry much, if any, premium over face value for coins of the age yours is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/arthur.shaw.96 Arthur Shaw

    how am i going to find out how many pennies were minted before they found the problem. Mine is still shinny!

  • http://www.facebook.com/arthur.shaw.96 Arthur Shaw

    Is this penny I found a rare coin or just a mistake??? can’t find out anything???

  • sap

    i have this coin for 1995 .i shall this coin any one like buying this coin so contect me my email-sapandave06@gmail.com and pls tell me for value..

  • Mandy

    I have an 1897 indian head wheat back penny…is this worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Mandy,

      An 1897 Indian Head cent with a typical amount of wear is worth around $3.

  • anto

    i have 1 like that,and it 1955

  • Steven1998

    ebay or a coin dealer and a vdb in very fine condition could bring $60-$80

  • rhena bethune

    I have a 1942 wheat pennie that is half the thickness as a regular pennie.I would like to no more about it

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Rhena –

      I’ve seen a lot of older pennies like this, and the usual situation is that the thickness had been eroded away due to corrosion.

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Hi, Alicia –

    What are the two dates?

    Thanks!

  • Renner

    I have an old wheat penny that is stamped with the letters “MT B” would you know why this is?

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Hi, Charlie –

    A typical 1955 Lincoln cent, which is worth around 5 cents, can be sold at any coin dealer or on eBay. Here’s some more info:

    5 Surefire Tips for Finding a Coin Dealer: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/12/coin_dealer.php

  • Sherry Bryan@

    I have a 1919 s an a 1917 d

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Sherry –

      Each is worth around 20 to 50 cents.

      • Sherry Bryan@

        thanks

  • Joe

    I have a 1942 s wheat penny…value??? Please

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Joe –

      A 1942-S Lincoln wheat cent is worth around 5 to 10 cents.

  • E.C

    questions-
    1.I have a 1940 wheat penny. No mint mark and it is in good condition.What is it worth?
    2.Does polishing a coin decrease, its value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, E.C. –

      1. Your 1940 Lincoln cent is worth a little over face value at around 5 to 10 cents.

      2. Yes, polishing a coin not only decreases its value, it actually damages the coin because it wears away its metal and protective patina. To best protect your coin, the best thing to do is leave it as it is and protect it by keeping it in a cool, dry place away from fumes such as sulfur.

  • TimLockman@hotmail.com

    I need to find out some info. I have a penny which I obtained many many many years ago, get ready for this: tail side is a wheat, head side is dated 1959, has a ring around it as though it can open, when opening it it show a 1954 mercury dime. Does anybody have any knowledge of such a coin……..if so I sure would like to know. You can e-mail me at TimLockman@hotmail.com Thanks in advance. Oh of course there’s more to the story. Tim

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Tim –

      You have coin jewelry; more specifically, it’s a type of locket that a crafty person made probably 40 or 50 years ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/riffeym Michelangelo Rieffy

    I have a 1955 double die penny in un-circulated condition, where is the best place to sell it?

  • jason

    I have a 1978 penny with the e missin on e•pluribus

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Jason –

      It could have been a filled die that would cause that error; if that’s the case with your coin, there is a slight premium that would be paid by those who collect coins with filled die issues.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jayalavillarreal Javier Ayala Ayala Villarreal

    There is a very rare penny, you should take into account. 1909 vdb pay

    mate. proof.

  • nicholey1@aol.com

    I have a 1950 S Weat Penny that has a EN in mirror image accross Lincolns face and a strike straight across the back. Have any idea if it is worth anything? It also has strike marks as though it was off centered on the sides.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi,

      It sounds like this may be post mint damage, but just to make sure, may we see an image of your coin? You may post the image here in the comments forum. Thanks!

  • John Bertram

    Question re the 1942 Lincoln pennies (i.e. NOT the 1943 steel ones):

    Is there an easy way to tell which were made from the traditional bronze, and which were technically brass (when the Mint apparently began removing almost all the tin to help with the war effort)? I’ve read that the 1942 pennies are a mix of both compositions, but haven’t found in what proportions, or if there’s a simple way to distinguish between the two. Is the mint of origin a factor? Is there a noticeable color difference?

    Any advice appreciated.
    Thanks,
    John B.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, John –

      Great question. The vast majority of 1942 Lincoln cents were made without tin; in fact, most Lincoln cents made that year were struck before August. I know that the U.S. Mint was experimenting with other metals later that year, resulting in the steel cents of 1943. Brass Lincoln cents are usually more of a golden color than bronze pennies, but since most 1942 cents are pretty well worn and have turned browner in color, I’d suppose it would be harder to tell worn brass pennies from those that are bronze, hypothetically. I think a metallurgist would be able to decipher between the two alloys in the case of well-worn pennies.

  • tiny

    I have a penny 1940 what would that be worth

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Tiny –

      Your 1940 Lincoln cent is worth around 5 cents.

  • erica hall

    Hello my name is Erica i be been collecting wheat pennies for my daughter I have one that’s a 1958 d penny and the others are 2 of the 1944 and 1945 1954 but those ones don’t have a s or a d how rare are these

  • sam

    I have a 1919 s with that doubling effect on both sides.. value ?

  • joe

    I think I have a 1923D mint wheat penny

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Joe –

      A 1923-D Lincoln cent is worth around 15 to 50 cents in typical, worn grades, depending on wear.

      • joe

        Thanks for the info. I also have a 1941 wheat penny with the 1 over 0 error. Any idea on value or how it happened

  • mmanore@aol.com

    mike

    I have a 1919, 1927 and 1939 of which none of them seem to have a mint mark, what is the value?

    mmanore@aol.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/zriedlmuratovic Zvonka Erika Riedl Muratovic

    i have a 1944D penny with a die smudge over the face,hair and shoulders.is it worth anything more than 1 Cent?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      May we see a photo of your coin? You can post it here in the comments section. Thank you!

      • http://www.facebook.com/zriedlmuratovic Zvonka Erika Riedl Muratovic

        i have no idea how to upload photos here..please advise.Thank you.

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Hi, Zvonka –

          In the comments box, where you can post messages on each The Fun Times Guide to Coins article, there is a little tiny photo icon on the left bottom corner. Click that to upload the coin photo you want from your computer. If you need any further assistance, please let us know!

          • http://www.facebook.com/zriedlmuratovic Zvonka Erika Riedl Muratovic

            Joshua,I tried to upload as you said and it did not work,so I posted links to photobucket where you can see the said coin.Please advise….Thank you.

          • http://www.facebook.com/zriedlmuratovic Zvonka Erika Riedl Muratovic

            Hi Joshua,was you able to see photos?If not,please provide email where I can email photos.Thank you.

          • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

            Hello, Zvonka –

            Hmm… even Photobucket isn’t working. Perhaps you can uload the photo to The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook page. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins?fref=ts

            We’ll get this worked out one way or another!

  • disqus_ygWrXVIcxo

    Hi Is there such thing of a 1941 silver penny ? A friend of mine found one he thought it was a 1943 steel penny ! Is it a rare coin ? as far as I know there were no 1941 silver pennys made am i right ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffery.towner.9 Jeffery Towner

    Hi I had a quick question… I have a 1953 D wheat penny which is silver in color… however it is not steel. I tested that using a magnet. Is this a mint mistake or something else?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffery.towner.9 Jeffery Towner

    I was also wondering if you could point me in the direction of some US coin sales I am looking specifically for a 20 cent piece and a half dime. then I will have at least 1 of every coin value made in the US

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Jeffery –

      Great goal! eBay is always a great place to find deals on coins, but if you like shopping for coins in-person, consider checking out some reputable coin dealers near you with this great search engine from the Professional Numismatists Guild: http://www.pngdealers.com/dealersearch.php

      Good luck!

  • Keila Amaral

    I have the pennies 1929, 1948.1904, 1963.1960 1936, if anyone interested please send email to edna_brasil2011@hotmail.com

  • j.k.

    i have a 1942 wheat penny and the lincoln appears to be upside down.. (copper i think.. does not stick to a magnet) is it worth anything?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ed.fernandez.549 Ed Fernandez

    Maybe someone can help me, I acquire a few rolls of wheat pennies that were rolled in the 50’s and came across a 1942 silver penny. It’s not magnetic and shines like a dime. Can’t find any info on this. Is this a mint error or a prank from the Happy Days. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.bristow.1 Courtney Bristow

    Is the 1940 with an error worth anything

  • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.bristow.1 Courtney Bristow

    Wheat penny that is

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.webb.18 Matt Webb

    Hi
    I have a 1905 bronze one penny with Edwardvs VII head on it.
    Could u tell me if it worth anything please.
    Thanks
    Matt

  • http://www.facebook.com/JavontaeEaddy Bryan Eaddy

    I have a 1955 wheat penny anyone interested in buying it email me @ bryaneaddy8@gmail.com

  • erin b

    hi I have a 1977 penny its not old but the outer edge is very thick it goes over the penny itself if anyone can help please contact me at cherrypophug@yahoo.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.holt.904 Travis Holt

    I have a 1942 penny that was only printed on one side, is it worth trying to sell and if so what should I expect to sell it for?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Travis –

      Without seeing a photo of the coin it is hard to say for certain what happened with you coin, but I can tell you that in modern coin making (and 1942 is definitely modern in terms of coin minting methods), striking just one side of a coin is virtually impossible. so it is therefore likely that your coin may have been mutilated. If you can post a photo of your coin, please, I will check it out and check for any signs of damage on the reverse (tails side) to see what is going on.

  • Kelly Dotson

    Hi,

    I have a quite a few coins I would like you to look at. Any offers for them would be great – but in reasonable price I am looking to sell them for. These pictures are scanned at 1200 DPI resolution for a extreme closeup if necessary. I just came across this website and scanned the coins today. My email address is tekgovi@gmail.com, if you’re interested. I have a few other coins too.

    I have a 1943 D steel penny. (sticks to a magnet):

    I have no clue whats on it, looks like dirt or something- but it has been in my family for years.

    1944 S Penny – came across that penny today! I couldn’t believe it! – had that in the penny jar for a long time I guess. I went through all the pennies and found this one lol!

    Any idea on the value for both of them?

    thanks :)

    KD

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Kelly –

      Nice images! Thanks for uploading them. While both of your Lincoln cents are worth 10 to 20 cents, they are still worth hanging onto. They are definitely becoming scarcer in circulation, first of all, and secondly, in the case of the 1943-D steel penny, it has been in your family for some time and therefore has a story of its own to tell.

      • Kelly Dotson

        cool! Now I have other pictures – let me know what you think of them:

        1973 D clipped penny and a 1943 liberty dime. As usual both sides are shown in these pics.

        Thanks :)

        • Kelly Dotson

          for some reason the front of the liberty dime didnt upload right – here it is.

          • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

            That’s a gorgeous example of a circulated Mercury dime, Kelly. It’s worth around $3 to $5. The clipped Lincoln cent is worth somewhere between $5 and $10. Thanks for your question and for the great photos. They really help!

  • josiah

    I have a1919 d, and 1945 d, and 1951 d, 1929 no letter, 1946 no letter, and there all wheat back penny’s what am I looking at. thank you

  • disqus_vBkdMoP2wk

    Hi I need some help here I have a 1920 wheat penny the front is cooper and the back looks silver

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello,

      It looks like the back of your coin, according to the photo you sent, has some type of film on it, which lends to the silvery appearance you mentioned. Your 1920 cent in that condition is worth a few cents.

  • disqus_vBkdMoP2wk

    Is the coin worth anything

  • Emily Haslauer

    hello :) I have a 1909 vdb penny but no S on it, I can’t find anything on it >.<

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi,

      A 1909 VDB Lincoln cent without an S is worth around $8 to $15.

  • Jaime Pagan

    I have a 1979 missing the “in” god we trust.. nobody else has it

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Jaime –

      It looks like a weakness in the strike there. This is a somewhat common phenomenon and is really more of a curiosity than anything of extra value.

  • Lissa C Della

    Hi there, I came across this 1957 D Wheat Penny with what looks to be a clogged “B” & “9”. Is it worth anything?

    ~Lissa

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Lissa –

      This looks like signs of a worn die to me; the value of such a piece could be around $5 to $10 to interested coin collectors.

      • Lissa C Della

        Hi Josh,

        Thank you for the info! That’s actually cool to know. I’ve recently decided to go through a stack of pennies that I have cast aside because they looked odd. And it is quickly becoming a fun and interesting hobby for me. Glad I found this forum :)

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Lissa,

          Thank you for your comments! Have fun going through those pennies and let us know if ou have any questions whatsoever!

          Good luck!

  • Butch McLeod

    Any idea of a value on this??

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Butch –

      Off-center pennies like this can fetch as much as $25 or more.

      • Butch McLeod

        Thanks Josh. I had searched before, but could never find any pricing on error coins. I also have an error $10 bill. I’ll upload a pic of it when I get a moment. Thanks again…

  • Lissa C Della

    Hi again, here’s another Lincoln Cent I found. Is it me or does it look like there’s a double line along Lincoln’s beard? Any thoughts on that? Is it an error?

  • mike

    whats a 1919 s wheat penny worth

  • Logan Hobbs

    I have a 1942 no letter a 1946 d a 1952 s how much is it all worth

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Logan –

      All told, your coins are worth a total of around 20 to 30 cents, but are definitely worth hanging onto as they are becoming much scarcer in circulation.

  • Mr Sanath Anura

    i have sell 1865 Liberty silver coin $80000/=

  • Steve Bailey

    Not sure of the year but what do i got here? Haha reverse shows very bold with red color to it. The obverse well, hope yall can tell me.

  • Todd M.

    Hi I have a 1940 penny that is stamped 194.0.. Is it worth anything?

  • Robert Cardinale

    I have a 1929 D wheat end penny. Is it worth any value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Robert,

      Your 1929-D Lincoln cent is worth around 10 cents in typical, circulated grades.

  • Robert Cardinale

    I have a 1918 wheat end penny that is in good condition. What is the value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Robert,

      Your 1918 Lincoln wheat cent is worth around 15 cents in typical circulated grades.

  • Nancy Willetts

    I have a 1940 D wheat penny with the 0 misprinted. It looks like a C almost. I also have a 1940 plain without the D. Would you know the vaule?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Nancy –

      Would you mind posting a photo of your coin here on the message board so we can take a better look? Thanks!

  • Melody Douglas

    I have a 1944 wheat penny.Do you know the value?

  • Justin Sharp

    I have a 1944 british half penny with a sail boat on the back and nothing on the front I wanted to see if i could find the value of this coin?

  • mark

    joshuathefuntimesguide i have 1988 penny around the ring it look like it got silver i dont no is it rare ??

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Mark –

      The zinc core within the Lincoln cent was exposed through what appears to be rubbing against a very harsh surface. Your coin is worth face value.

  • mark

    is this rare quarter ??/

  • mark

    is this rare quarter ???

  • mark

    is this rare quarter ???

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Mark –

      It looks like your quarter experienced an unfortunate series of events that lead to it being quite damaged…

      • mark

        thanks i have other coin its 1976 double die coin ill post pic i hope its rare

  • mark

    rare ??? pls help

  • mark

    JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide IS MY COIN RARE it i have one more ill post it later : )

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Mark –

      It appears there may be some type of doubling in the the first five letters of “LIBERTY” but I can’t tell for sure from the image. Machine doubling (which is not the same as a doubled die) was a fairly frequent situation in the 1970s, but I can’t say for certain if this is machine doubling or a doubled die. What I would do is register this coin (for free) at CONECA (Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America) and see if they can attribute this as a doubled die variety.

      Here is their link: http://conecaonline.org/

      Good luck!

  • mark

    you have to zoom in sorry about that

  • mark

    JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide this is my 2nd coin is it rare ?? 1970 d double die coin

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Mark –

      I see what may be machine doubling in the letters. If so, that wouldn’t really add any value to the coin, but it is still an interesting novelty and is a coin I would still keep.

      Thanks for your question!

  • joey

    i have wheat pennies from 1914 to 1958 do any of them have a great value? they are in very good condition

  • Ken Tomaszewski

    I have a 1940 s wheat penny that is stamped on a dime blank but only the copper portion of the dime blank. The penny is very thin and exactly the same size of a dime. Have you ever heard or seen such a penny?.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Ken,

      There are such things as pennies struck on dime coin blanks, but would you mind sending us a photo so we can verify the error and help provide a more accurate estimate?

    • Ken Tomaszewski

      The best I can do. I hope it helps. Thanks Ken

      • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

        Hi, Ken –

        This is a bit of a stumper, as dimes of that era were made with silver and thus a dime planchet that was struck with a Lincoln cent die would still appear to have the typical lightness in color of a dime; in this photo, the coin appears to have a coppery appearance that would be expected of normal copper cents from that era. What it looks more like to me is a Lincoln cent struck on a foreign coin blank, which is highly possible given the fact the United States Mint was striking foreign coins during the early 1940s to handle increased supply due to service personnel stationed in various nations throughout the world during World War II.

        If it is in fact the case that this coin was struck on a foreign coin planchet (and I highly think this to be the case), then you might want to get your coin certified and graded by a third-party coin grading company and have them attribute the blank after officially weighing and measuring it in person.

        • Ken Tomaszewski

          Thanks Joshua. I will take your advice and do so. I will let you know the outcome.

    • Ken Tomaszewski

      Hi Joshua. I thought I would give you and update.. I sent pictures to Fred Weinberg an expert…..This is what he had to say…Your cent has been chemically treated,

      otherwise known as ‘acid treated’, to
      give

      it the apearance you see.

      It’s a damaged/altered coin, and not a mint

      error of any type……

      sorry to be the bearer of bad news on
      it.

      Fred… Well I tend to think otherwise. This coin has been in a collection from back in the 50’s when the gentleman passed away.. Back then I don’t think many people would have tried to alter a coin to look like this. People didn’t much think about error coins. Do you think it was chemically treated? I think acid would have altered it a little different.. The coin weighs 1 gram and still retains the detail. I am puzzled!

      • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

        Hi, Ken –

        After hearing that your Lincoln cent weighs in at just 1 gram, I’m inclined to agree that it was not struck on a dime planchet, as those weighed 2.5 grams at the time (1940s). While Lincoln cents of any era have been dipped in acid, it is also possible that your coin may have been struck on a foreign coin planchet, as the U.S. Mint was striking coins for other nations at the time. However, I am not aware of any copper foreign coin from that era (that we would have struck) that would have weighed just 1 gram.

  • Janna Segler

    I have 1887 indian head penny would like to know its worth

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Janna –

      An 1887 Indian Head penny is worth around $3 to $5 in typical, circulated condition.

  • Lee Ann M.

    I have a 1955 no mint mark silver in color wheat penny in good condition. Can you tell me what it is worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Lee Ann –

      I believe, without seeing your coin in person, that it is most likely a regular 1955 Lincoln cent that was plated with zinc. This is a popular novelty, which is supposed to echo the appearance of the 1943 zinc-plated steel pennies. Pennies that have been plated by private entities are considered altered and such pieces are typically worth only face value.

  • Lissa C Della

    Hi Joshua, I am curious about what you think about these coins? What do you think may have caused the imperfections? Especially with the two pennies. The 1992 penny has a sort of raised dotted lin on Lincoln’s jacket. And the 1993 penny looks likeLincoln’s bust has a double outline. Are these unique?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Lissa –

      In the case of the two dimes, the obliteration of parts of IN GOD WE TRUST was caused by either a weak die impression or machine damage. The 1993-D cent appears to have a tarnish spot over the D mintmark. However, the 1992-D Lincoln cent appears to have a really interesting deviation that looks like it was caused by die defect, most likely a type of die cud, I believe. This could be worth a few dollars to collectors interested in error coins.

      Thank you for your question, Lissa!

      • Lissa C Della

        Thanks for the info Josh :)

  • Rick Morgan

    I have a 1935 D wheat penny in good condition. Any ideas on the value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Rick!

      Yes, a worn 1935-D Lincoln cent is worth around 5 cents.

  • Olivia

    I have a 1940 penny with the letters BE printed on the upper portion of the wheat on left side.
    Is this real? Any value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Olivia –

      That sounds like some type of post-mint addition, which would make your coin a novelty coin. Are the BE in some type of logo form, or just etched into the coin?

  • Charles Musick

    I HAVE A 43 WHEAT PENNY AND SOME MADE OF TIN ALSO HAVE INDIAN AND BUFFALO NICKLES IS THERE ANY VALUE HERE.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Charles,

      There is value, but it’s hard to say without knowing the dates of your Indian cents and Buffalo nickels. Your 1943 steel cent, however, is worth around 20 cents.

  • Darnise

    I have 5 wheat pennies. The date are 1945-1944-1953-1958-1951 what’s the value on them.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Darnise –

      The total value of those five Lincoln wheat cents is about 15 to 20 cents. Thanks for your question!

  • Cindy Hilling

    My daughter found what appears to be a 1957 wheat penny that is printed on a nickel size coin and it silver in color. It that possible?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Cindy –

      Would you mind posting a photo of your coin here so we can see what is going on with it?

      Thank you!

      • Cindy Hilling

        She took it to a coin dealer and he stated it had been altered. Thank you for responding.

  • Tammy Moore

    Hi Joshua, I have a 1855 Large One Cent Coin. It is in great condition. How much do you think it could be worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi there, Tammy!

      Yes, an 1855 large cent is indeed worth something greater than face value. In general, a problem-free large cent that is heavily worn is worth around $15 to $30, though the value is higher if wear is light and the coin has a nice, original, chocolate brown color.

  • Chris V

    Hey there Josh, you seem to be the go to guy for wheat penny’s, I’ve collected 73 wheat penny’s, 31 Canadian (ever since they stopped circulating theirs I’ve been collecting them just in case), 2 buffalo nickels one is 1927 and the other is too faded to tell, and a 1876 10 Pfennig Deutsches Reich, do you know of any sites that would be interested in purchasing my coins other than selling them via craigs list or ebay? I don’t have any pictures at the moment but i could get a photo of the wheat all laid out front and back in one shot if you can zoom in and see them well enough. I’ll post a picture of the German coin for you.

  • Chris V

    Also I’ve found this coin and I have no idea what it is, 1885 The Educator, extremely light, I have a feeling it is a Free Mason coin. I cant find anything about it online so I hope you have some insight on this.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello Chris –

      Despite my best attempts, I can’t seem to find any information on this exact coin either, and I am not very knowledgeable on Free Mason coins in terms of attribution of certain pieces, but what I can tell you is that based on the Mason coins that I HAVE seen in my experience, the markings seem to suggest it is Masonic. As for a value, I don’t know off hand, but I can tell you that there is a subset of novelty collectors who specifically seek out Mason coins and I know there is a market for such pieces. Many Free Mason tokens and Free Mason counterstamped coins are worth $10 to $20.

  • James Willoughby

    I Have A 1907 Penny,, Any Value ????

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, James!

      Yes, your 1907 Indian cent and 1854 large cent do have collector value. Your 1907 Indian Head cent is worth $3 to $5. The 1854 large cent is worth $10 to $20.

  • Randy Rosenberg Jr.

    2002 tennessee state quarter with no copper showing any ideas on value and rarity? ms 61- ish

  • Lissa C Della

    Hi Joshua, I found this strange 2005 Jefferson 5 cent. At first I thought it was an old worn out coin. But then realized it was a 2005 5 cent. What do you think might have caused this? Is it a lamentation error, you think?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Lissa –

      Ordinarily, with lamination errors, it appears as if a “layer” of the coin is peeling off at least a portion of the piece. I don’t however seem to see any indication of that here. What it appears to be is that the coin has suffered effects of extreme wear, though I am more inclined to believe it was intentional, as I don’t think it would have been possible for any coin to become so worn in just 8 years’ time.

      • Lissa C Della

        Thanks Joshua. Greatly appreciate the info. I agree with you. It doesn’t have any peeling. Very strange though. Wonder why anyone would do sucha thing…

  • Lissa C Della

    Hi Joshua, here’s another strange nickle I found. It’s a 1964 D nickle with rounded edges. Parts of the words on both sides are cut. Is it worth anything? And what do you think might have caused this?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi there, Lissa!

      I have two hypotheses on what happened here. Either the edges of the coin were crimped so it could be incorporated into coin jewelry, or it had been rolled inside a machine – quite possibly even a clothes dryer.

      • Lissa C Della

        Hi agaiJoshua, that makes a lot of sense. Thanks again for the info :)

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          You’re quite welcome, Lissa!

  • Jennifer Amalfitano

    I found this 1992 D Nickel in my purse today and saw a circular ring around Jefferson….any Ideas? I have looked up marks and misses and dont see anything resembling if it is flawed or not…

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Jennifer –

      That is some type of machine damage, most likely from an automatic coin-counting machine.

      Thank you for your question!

  • wiz

    I have a 1909 V.D.P Penny no mint Mark in great condition. Is it worth anything.
    also 1893 indian head penny?
    what is the deal with the 2009 Lincoln penny’s?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Wiz –

      A 1909-VDB Lincoln cent without a mintmark (yours was made in Philadelphia) is worth around $10. An 1893 Indian Head cent has a value of around $3 to $5. As for the 2009 Lincoln cents, the reverse features four different designs that depict Abraham Lincoln throughout his life, in honor of what would have been his 200th birthday. Here’s some more info on 2009 Lincoln pennies: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/02/2009_lincoln_cent.php

  • Lissa C Della

    Hi Joshua, I was wondering if you could tell me if the reverse of this 1983 Dime considered s double die error? And if it’s worth anything…

  • Kim

    I found this 1969 D penny and it looks different than any of the others I have seen, It almost sparkles. I let the lady at the jewelry repair locally look to see if it had been altered and she said no, no spray paint, etc. Do you know anything about this coin? The date and mint marks are very weak.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello Kim,

      Given that the date and mintmark seem weak (on a date that is otherwise known for strong strikes), I believe the coin may have been abrasively stripped of some of its top layer of metal, which would account for both the weakness at the highest points of the design and the sparkly effect (which is metal from underneath being newly exposed).

      • Kim

        Here is a picture of the back of the 1969 penny also. The lettering looks hollow in the middle. The surface is very smooth. I had a jeweler look at it to see if it had paint on it or had been altered by chemicals and she said it didn’t appear to be altered at all by either that it was just the material it was made from. I don’t know at this point but it is the prettiest penny I have ever seen. Pictures don’t do it justice.:). Thanks so much!

  • david

    Is this considered a double die?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, David –

      This appears to be a machine doubling, given how shallow the “doubling” appears to be.

      Thank you for your question!

      • david

        got one more

  • Already Bald

    Hi Joshua,
    I have an 1899 $10 Liberty coin, San Francisco , Grade Extra Fine. My son and I are planning to make a model of Moby Dick’s “Pequod” for his Cub Scout PineWood Derby car this year. I was going to glue this gold coin to the hull as weight and the gold coin would be true to the story… but first I wonder if it has any value?

    Thanks,
    Joe

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello!

      While I appreciate the authenticity that would be lent to the story by gluing the 1899 $10 eagle to your son’s model, I caution against that for two reasons:

      A) The coin is currently worth at least $900.
      B) Gluing the coin would permanently damage it.

      I suggest gluing a replica of such a coin (which you could purchase for perhaps $10 to $20) if that is something that is important to you, but I’d personally highly advise not to affix the real coin to the model.

      On that note, I wish you both the best of luck in the competition!

      • Already Bald

        Wow!
        Thanks- I had no idea of the value- I will keep it safe.
        Where would I be able to find a replica coin? $15 is about what I expected to spend on tungsten weight anyway.
        Thanks!
        Joe

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Hi!

          You could check eBay, which where you will probably have the best luck in finding a suitable replica coin. Good luck!

  • Mac

    Hey Joshua,

    For Christmas my papa gave me a 1907 indian head penny. On the casing it says -gold toned rainbow colours- I was wondering if this meant anything and what the value of it could be? I will try and get a picture for you.
    Thanks a ton

  • Carolyn McKinney

    Hey I found this 1921-S Lincoln Wheat Penny with Doubling on the Date. Let me know what you think.

  • kevin dling

    Hey, ive come across this 45 wheat coin in my collection notice the “I” in LIBERTY? its definitely slanted. Have you seen any like this before?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello Kevin,

      I have seen Lincoln wheat cents much like that, and it basically is a minor variation in striking that has been affected, in part, by heavy wear.

      Thanks for your question!

  • Cecilia Field

    what is a reverse wheat penny?

  • Dave Ward

    i have a 1950 wheat penny with no mint mark and the back is upside down. what is the value of this?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Dave –

      You mean the designs both face up at the same time? If so, rotated die errors like yours could be worth $50 to $100 or more, based on the condition of the coin and the number of degrees of rotation.

  • Adam Sharp

    Hi I have a 1945 wheat penny with no mint mark and a slanted I in liberty, I was wondering how much it’s worth if it’s worth anything at all

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi Adam,

      No mintmark on your 1945 Lincoln cent indicates it was made at the Philadelphia mint. The slanted “I” likely was caused by surface damage to the coin, meaning it isn’t worth any more than a couple cents. Thank you for your question!

  • Adam Sharp

    I have a 1992 regular Pennie that’s chipped around the edges and also chipped on lincolns jacket

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi Adam,

      What you describe sounds like post-mint damage, though if you would like to submit a photo and post it here I’ll be glad to take a look!

      Thanks!

      • Adam Sharp

        Here’s a picture of the 1992 penny…

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Hi Adam,

          Thanks for posting that pic of your 1992 penny. Yes, that is definitely post-mint damage that I see on that coin. It looks like it has unfortunately had a rough life.

          • Adam Sharp

            Is it worth anything?

          • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

            Hi, Adam –

            The damage unfortunately makes this coin worth no more than face value.

  • james

    Hello I have a question I have about 15 wheat pennys from 1943 /46/40/45 most all from 43 they have no stamp on bottom like a D or any thing just the date some are silver in colar while some even have like a rain bow colar and others are the regular like modern pennys hiw doninfind the value? Thank u james

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi James,

      Your wheat pennies without the mintmark (the little letter) under the dates are coins that were struck in Philadelphia. In general, wheat pennies from the dates you mention (1940s) are worth about 5 to 10 cents each. The rainbow color is usually an attractive toning feature and could potentially add a small amount of value to your coins, but to give you a better idea as to their values I will need to please see a photo of the rainbow-colored coins.

      Thank you for your questions, James!

      • james

        I will take picw soon maybe tonite or tomorrow I also have a 1907 Indian wheat penny is it of any value?

      • james

        I apoligize but I tryed taking pics with my tablet but it didnt come out good soni unfortunately cant put pics of my coins on the photo bucket as of yet thanks james

  • Jeff Ricchetti

    i have a wheat penny 1955 doesn’t have a mint mark,what is it worth

  • james

    Good morning I have anouther question i also have a 1907 indian head penny what is the value of this penny on back it says one cent thank you

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi James,

      A 1907 Indian Head cent is worth around $3.

      Thanks for your question!

  • Nnevs76

    Hi i got a 1921 peace dollar, 1858 flying eagle and 1871 sheild nickel all in fine condition are they worth anything

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Nnevs –

      You have a nice coin collection there…

      *Your 1921 Peace dollar is worth $85-110+
      *1858 Flying Eagle cent has a value of around $20
      *1871 Shield nickel is worth around $100

      Values assume coins are in Good to Fine grades and have no damage.

      Thank you for your question!

  • Nnevs76

    I also have a 1876 2 1/2 dollar gold coin are they worth anything and i also have a 1886 20 dollar coin is that worth anything

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Nnevs,

      An 1876 $2.50 gold coin is worth around $500; as for the 1894 double eagle has a value of around $1,500.

      Thank you for your question!

  • Nnevs76

    Sorry i meant 1894 20 dollar gold coin not a 1886

  • nnevs76

    hi Joshua, i was going through my collection and found a 1888 indian head, the 8 looks weird, is this a 1888/7 and i also found in my collection 1861. Does these coins have any value

  • nnevs76

    here are pictures

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Nnevs,

      Thank you for including the photos! As far as I can tell from the photo, the 1888 does not appear to be the 1888/7, HOWEVER, there is a little glare on the coin and that may be throwing off the image a little. Because the “7” appears in a very nuanced way, perhaps I can’t tell from this particular image if it is there.

      Both of your Indian Head cents are in great condition.

      As for the 1888, if it is NOT the 1888/7 cent, I would estimate the value of that coin to be around $5.

      The 1861 in the condition it’s in according to the photo is worth around $30.

      Nice finds!

  • Nnevs76

    Hi joshua. My 1871 shield nickel is vf to ef. I was looking at some 1871 pictures and the s in cents are fully formed. But when i look at my 1871 shield nickel, the s in cents is missing a small portion to it on the lower part. Could this be a error? If so would this affect its value

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Nnevs,

      That weakness would be caused by an issue with the die, most likely grease fill, because the rest of your coin looks very well struck otherwise.

      Normally, coins that aren’t fully struck or have missing areas due to filled dies aren’t worth more than book values, though some coin collectors fancy these types of anomalies and will pay a small premium (perhaps $5 to $10 in this case) over typical buy prices.

  • Nnevs76

    Hi joshua, i also found in my coin collection is this dime. What grade and value would you give this coin?
    Thank you again and again
    Nnevs76

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Based on the images I see, I would grade your 1895 Barber dime Extremely Fine, but there appears to be some substantial obverse rim damage. While that doesn’t affect the wear-based grade any, it will affect the price you get for the coin. Book value is around $550-600, so buy prices are around 50 to 80 percent of that ($350?). I would suggest it could be worth $200-250-ish with the damage (to the extant that I see it in this image), though perhaps a bit more or less based on the coin dealer/buyer. If you’re looking to sell your coin, I’d suggest shopping around for buy prices and see who offers you the best amount. No matter what, an 1895 in the grade is very tough and should garner some good offers. Good luck!

  • Bruce Wayne

    i have a 1940 wheat penny. is it worth much?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Bruce –

      A 1940 Lincoln wheat cent with a typical amount of wear for its age is worth around 5 to 10 cents.

  • janie

    I have a 1942 wheat penny but liberty is misspelled. Instead of a t there is a v or D. Cant tell. I tried to find something similar but there’s nothing on it.

  • janie

    Here u go

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Thank you for the great blow-up photo, Jamie. It appears the “T” part of the coin suffered damage and that’s why it appears the way it does.

      • janie

        Thx for ur help

  • nnevs76

    hi i found this in my collection. its a 1909 s wheat cent, but it doesn’t have the vdb. is this coin worth anything? also what grade would you give this. thanks once again
    nnevs76

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Nnevs,

      While you may not have the famous 1909-S VDB Lincoln wheat cent, you do have the very scarce 1909-S Indian cent. My call on the grade, based on the photos you provided, would be Choice Very Fine-30. A 1909-S Indian Head cent in that grade has a value of around $550. Nice coin!

  • LittleNinjaC

    Hi Joshua, I just found an interesting coin in my attic – it’s a 1957 wheat penny that silver in color, about the size of a nickel, and appears to have been minted badly. Would you happen to know anything about it? I attached a picture of the front and back, and then one with a dime and nickel for size comparison. I can’t seem to find any information about it anywhere.. Thanks!

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Little Ninja –

      It looks to me like your Lincoln cent is a broadstrike – meaning that it was struck without a collar that helps to form the rim. Such pieces are worth around $5 to $10, normally. From this photo, the color looks like it was influenced perhaps from moisture in the attic. In this case, the overriding value influence would come from the broadstrike error, not the color.

      Thank you for your question!

      • LittleNinjaC

        Thank you for the information! My grandmother had a small collection she left behind – mostly WW2 era, that I’ve been researching and cataloging, trying to figure out her reasoning for collecting each, and this one is definitely the most unique one to date. I appreciate your insight!

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          You’re most welcome, Little Ninja! If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask away!

  • Sada Marshall

    Hello joshua My name is Sada.
    My 10 year old just gave me a 1944 s wheat penny with Lincoln on it. If I get it graded how much could this penny be worth at an auction?
    Its a circulated coin. And Im no expert but it looks like a good condition circulated coin .
    It feels heavier than a regular penny.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Sada –

      You’re exactly right! Those old copper-based pennies, which were last struck for circulation in 1982, weigh 3.11 grams versus 2.5 grams for the newer, copper-coated zinc cents. The last wheat ears Lincoln cent was struck in 1958, and while they are generally considered obsolete, billions were made. The 1944-S is worth around 10 cents in nicely circulated condition. So, while it is probably not worth as much as you were hoping, it is worth more than just one cent and may be worth more in the future.

      All the best!

  • Heather Clayton

    Hello josh. I have a wheat penny that only had a three digit year stamped on it. It has 195 on it. Could it be worth anykthing

  • Heather Clayton

    Here’s a pic of it. I can’t tell if it’s a miss print or if the last number has been rubbed off

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Heather –

      It appears that this coin is a 1950-S Lincoln cent, with the “0” part of the die having been filled in with grease, obliterating the appearance of the digit. From what I can tell, it doesn’t appear the zero just wore off, since I don’t see any sign of damage around that part of the coin. Such pieces can be worth anywhere from $1 to $3, though sometimes more.

  • Star Hawk

    I have a 1930 Lincoln wheat penny with no other markings. Different websites are giving me different values, could you take a look and see how much its worth? Thanks a lot.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi Star,

      A 1930 Lincoln cent with a typical amount of wear is worth around 10 cents.

      Thanks for your question!

  • Amber Cruz

    On thr front it says GEORGIVS V DEI GRA:BRITT:OMN:REX FID:DEF:IND:IMP: and on the back it says ONE PENNY 1922

    • Amber Cruz

      I tried to put pictures but it did not add them it is the size of a half dollar

  • SWHATLEY

    I have a 1962d wheat penny that is only stamped on heads side. The other side is blank & smooth, thinner when compared to other pennies. Is this an error when minted: or something else? I can find no information on this. Thanks for any answers or ideas.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Swhatley,

      It looks like what happened to your coin is that it was literally smoothed down through some very abrasive sanding. It seems to have happened long ago, because the scrape marks have toned quite a bit.

      • Michael Rhodes

        i have found money like that coming out of washing machine coin get under adulators

  • ash

    Hello I have 1909 silver penny it does stick to the magnet it has the letter vdb on the bottom its very shiny how much would that be worth

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Ash –

      May we see a photo of your coin, please?

      Thanks!

  • john

    is a 1905 penny worth anything and if so how much

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Yes, John. A 1905 Indian Head cent with average wear is worth around $3 to $5.

  • john

    and i have a 1942 dime and a 1776-1976 silver dollare with the mint mark D

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, John –

      A 1942 Mercury dime is worth around $4. A 1976-D Eisenhower dollar, which is made from a copper-nickel clad composition, is worth about $1.25.

  • john

    i really want to know about the penny

  • sliverxdrago

    I have a 1994 penny I don’t know if it’s worth anything made in denver

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Sliver –

      Unless your 1994 Lincoln cent is in completely mint condition (which is wouldn’t be if found in pocket change), then it’s worth face value. Thanks for your question!

  • Feather Wood

    Hello everyone my name is Tina,
    I’m new to this but I’ve always saved jars of changes. My step daughter Mistie started me looking at all the dates told me I needed to pull all my jars out so I did,,,, come to find out I’ve ran across a few. Like a redish tint 1970s penny, two 1969s pennies, and even a 1958d one cent penny. But not sure if they are the double die or not… Can anyone help me and lead me to my next step I need to do…… Thank you. Tina from Beaumont, Tx.

  • Tandrea Spain

    Hello, I have a steel penny from 1940 and would like to know the value. I have not tested it with a magnet yet, but it is steel in color and almost looked like a dime to me, until I read the coin and saw that it is actually a penny. What is the history of this penny, would love to know. Thank you! Tandrea from Raleigh, NC.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello Tandrea,

      It sounds like somebody may have dipped your coin in mercury or coated it with steel or pewter to replicate the appearance of the 1943 steel cent. The magnet test is pretty important in ruling out the steel composition, as is a weight test – a steel cent weighs 2.5 grams, versus 3.11 grams for a copper cent.

      It’s also possible that your coin was struck on a silver planchet intended for a dime.

      If you would like to submit a photo of your coin, I’d be glad to look at it and help you determine what you may have.

      Thanks for your question!

  • Ashleigh Nichole

    I have a Silverish color Wheat penny that is marked 1956 D, I used a magnet and it did pick it up, magnet isnt strong but it lifted the penny off the table for a moment. Just curious is this really a Steel Wheat penny or am I wrong?? I Can post a photo for more information. Please and Thank you

    • Guest

      Here is the picture of my penny.

      • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

        Hello Ashleigh,

        Thank you for the great image. It looks like your coin may have been plated with steel, zinc, or another metal in an attempt to replicate the novel appearance of the 1943 steel cent. One great way to verify is to weigh the coin. A steel cent should weigh around 2.5 grams, whereas a copper cent will come in at 3.11 grams. Good luck!

    • Ashleigh Nichole

      My penny

  • Bvaldez6

    I have a couple pennies that look gold in color.The weight is good on one while the other is a little heavier. Neither fail the magnet test. how would I go about finding a value for these coins? And are they actual brass or gold?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello,

      It’s very possible that your pennies were gold plated by a private individual, which is very commonly done. Such pieces have a value of around $1 or $2 as novelty pieces.

      Thanks for your question!

  • Nicholas Staab

    I have a 1955 wheat penny that is a silver color completely on the back and about 2/3 of the front. It seems like it may have been printed on the wrong plate. the head side has a big lip and the tail side has no lip at all and there is almost like a seem running along the outside of the tail side. It would be great to learn what I have on hand.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Nicholas –

      How much does your 1955 Lincoln cent weigh? Authentic copper cents of the era should come in at around 3.11 grams. Once I get a weight on your coin I may be able to determine a little more what exactly is going on here.

      Thanks for your question!

  • Tim

    i have a 1901 Indian head penny also a 1912 & a 1913 wheat cent penny what are they worth

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello Tim,

      In average worn condition, your coins are approximately worth the following:

      *1901 Indian Head cent – $3
      *1912 Lincoln cent – 75 cents
      *1913 Lincoln cent – 75 cents

      Here’s some more info on what Lincoln cents to hold onto. Hope it helps!

      http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2014/07/valuable-pennies.php

  • tony

    I have a bronze 1944 penny I didn’t think they were made in 1944

  • Ryan L. Beaudoin

    Thanks for the great information. I recently received, oh I don’t know….maybe a few thousand wheat pennies from my grandfather. I’ve begun going through them and looking for rarities. Any suggestions on how much a collection of this size could be worth and what would you recommend doing with them all?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi Ryan,

      At an absolute minimum, a bulk lot of, say 5,000 wheat cents, is worth $100, and that’s assuming they are well worn and all common dates. I’d be surprised if ALL the Lincoln wheat pennies you have are common or worn to very low grades.

      Here’s a post that you may find quite helpful: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2014/07/valuable-pennies.php

      This post lists out the dates you should be looking for and what each piece is roughly worth. Please let us know if you find anything that matches the coins on the list.

      If you decide to sell your coins, be sure to go to a coin dealer, as he or she will give you the best price. Here’s some info on coin dealers: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/12/coin_dealer.php

      If you have any more questions, please let us know!

  • Joseph Scott

    Hi, I sort of collect wheat pennies (as in if I find one I keep it..and I have around 400+ so far). I ran into this one yesterday and I was wondering if you had seen one before. The pictures I took are pretty good but they really don’t do the color all that justice. The normal brown on the coin looks sort of yellowish, and the red areas look sort of brass/deep red colored. My only thoughts were maybe the metal didn’t mix well??? Hope you might be able to help. Thanks!!!

    • Joseph Scott

      Not sure why the pictures are not loading. Going to try again

      • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

        Hello, Joseph!

        I love pulling old wheaties from circulation! They’re definitely still out there and are very fun to collect. The red discoloration is actually corrosion; this is very common and several of my wheat cents look this way, too. It’s usually caused by exposure to certain types of fumes and chemicals.

        Thank you so much for your question and great pics! Keep on collecting!

        • Joseph Scott

          Thanks for the answer; it was driving me up the wall *lol*. On a side note; is it usual to see the lettering off like this? As in the W in WE seems a little off, and the spacing in TRUST seems weird. Figured it was just the way the coin had worn, but since I’m here..Thanks!!!

          • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

            Hi Joseph,

            Yes, many Lincoln wheat cents have what I call “wobbly” lettering, and this is just a peculiarity of the minting process and also the dies that were used. Sometimes, lettering seems to be missing and that’s most often due to weak strikes or grease filling parts of the dies.

            Always feel free to ask any questions here about your coins!

  • Tammy W.

    I am looking at a 1957 S wheat penny but it’s not in any books. It says odd1957 S on the sleeve in my Grandfather’s handwriting. I checked it under a 10x loop and it’s clearly a S. has anyone ever heard or seen a 1957 S?

  • http://jobsburlesontx.com/ Jobs Burleson Tx

    Great blog Joshua. I hope you mind I sent you a tweet regarding a 1944 Wheathe error. I have never sold on ebay but have a few I might try. I am 100% a “Greenhorn”. Thanks in advance.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Thank you so much for the kind words and for following us! Please always feel free to ask any coin questions you have.

  • Guest

    Hey Josh, I found this 1955 D Wheat Lincoln Cent in a roll and noticed the BE of Liberty are basically connected to each other. Have never seen this before. Can you tell me what kind of error this is and also maybe what it’s worth?

    -Marcus

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello Marcus,

      It appears a die defect, called a die crack, occurred. As a die strikes thousands upon thousands of coins under high pressure, portions of the die have a tendency to degrade and can even crack or chip. When this happens, raised metal from the coin blank will fill the gap in the die.

      Tiny die cracks can detract from the value of a coin, but I think because the one on your coin is fairly prominent, it could increase the value by a few dollars in the eyes of an error coin collector.

      Thanks for your question!

  • disqus_dTA0rYdK6N

    I found this 1955 D Wheat Lincoln Cent in a roll and noticed the BE of Liberty are basically connected to each other. Have never seen this before. Can you tell me what kind of error this is and also maybe what it’s valued.

    -Marcus

  • Lissa C Della

    Hi Joshua, I was wondering if you could take a look at these coins, and tell me if they are worth anything? The first one is, of a 1993-D cent with what looks like a line going across from end to end on Lincoln’s jacket, and through the mint mark. The other is of a 1995-D cent, with what appears to be doubling around the date? Not sure if it is a double die… I would greatly appreciate hearing back from you, and your thoughts on what these coins may be worth, if any.

    Thank you.
    Lissa

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello Lissa,

      It appears that your 1993-D cent *may* have a die crack based on the way the line carries through the coin from left to right, but it could also be a result of an issue with the copper plating and the underlying zinc core — rather common with the post-1982 pennies.

      I believe the 1995-D cent exhibits machine doubling. On first glance, it could appear to be a doubled die cent (and the 1995-D doubled die cent is a popular variety), but I don’t see any doubling (at least in the photo) where it commonly occurs on 1995-D cent, which is in the lettering of IN GOD WE TRUST. Also, the doubling in the date would be sharper and much closer to the actual numerals.

      So, my verdict on the 1995-D cent is machine doubling, which may add an extra dollar or two of value to collectors interested in those types of oddities.

      Thanks, as always for following us, Lissa!

  • Lissa C Della

    Hi Joshua, I was wondering if you could take a look at this quarter (2012 Hawaii Volcanoes), and tell me what you think of it? There’s this strange little clump on Washington’s nose. It looks like cud, but not too sure? Would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this. Thanks. ~ Lissa

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Ooh, that’s interesting, Lissa. You know, the more I look at that coin up close, I thought it was shifted metal (do you see the two “prongs” of metal and then the gouge-like dig in the front third of Washington’s nose?), but I think it may be a cud. looking at the way the metal at the tip of the nose.

      That’s my best educated guess on this. Thank you for your question, Lissa!

      • Lissa C Della

        Thanks Joshua! I just love finding interesting and unusual coins such as this. Greatly appreciate your opinion.

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          You’re welcome, Lissa!

  • Ben

    Hello, Have you ever heard of a 1944/43 double struck penny? one way looked at under the loupe it looks like 1943 and another look it looks like a 44…I”ll post some pics if I can…It is magnetic and shows normal wear for a circulated penny of this age…

    • http://coin-cleaning-service.merschat.com/ Coin Cleaning Service

      Is it made of steel? I’ve heard of a 1943 D w/ double mint mark. Send a picture.

  • zach

    I found a 1944 wheat penny a lady looked it up and said value could be 150 to 200 is that true???

    • http://coin-cleaning-service.merschat.com/ Coin Cleaning Service

      Yes, if it’s a “D” over ‘S”.

  • Dee

    Hi I saw a 1956 D silver penny. Have you any idea what this could be worth?

    • http://coin-cleaning-service.merschat.com/ Coin Cleaning Service

      Can you send me a picture? I think my email address is in my profile.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Dee –

      It’s likely a regular penny that was coated in zinc, silver, pewter, or mercury to replicate the appearance of the 1943 steel cent.

      Here’s some more info you may find useful: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2013/02/silver-penny.php