Wheat Pennies: The Rarest & Most Valuable Wheat Cents

Wheat pennies have been a popular coin to “snag” out of circulation ever since the Memorial design on the reverse of the Lincoln penny replaced the two wheat stalks in 1959.

While wheat pennies are getting increasingly hard to find with each passing year, they are still located in pocket change occasionally, and many people have wheat pennies by the hundreds — and even thousands — in penny rolls, food jars, clothes drawers, attic boxes, and coin collections.

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In general, most wheat pennies are worth only a few cents (perhaps 10 cents) if worn and of a highly common date and mint mark combination. However, many are quite valuable. In fact, some of the scarcest wheat cents are downright expensive — costing into the hundreds of dollars in the most worn condition.

 

About Wheat Pennies

Wheat pennies replaced the Indian Head design, which adorned our nation’s one-cent coin from 1859 to 1909.

In 1909, Victor David Brenner’s famous profile of President Abraham Lincoln was chosen to grace our nation’s one cent coin, coinciding with the centennial of Lincoln’s birth.

On the back side (reverse) of the coin, two wheat stalks were placed around the words “One Cent.” This design would go on to enjoy 50 years of production by the U.S. Mint. Over these years, several scarce date and mint mark combinations were produced in a coin series which survived two world wars, The Great Depression, and monumental societal changes.

 

The Rarest Wheat Pennies

Generally speaking, the rarest wheat pennies include:

  • 1909-S V.D.B. ($750-$2100+)
  • 1909-S ($105-$425+)
  • 1914-D ($240-$3,600+)
  • 1922 no mint mark ($725-$27,500+)
  • 1931-S ($110-$225+)
  • 1955 Doubled-Die ($950-$3,250+)

*All prices are current as of May 2010, according to the Professional Coin Grading Service’s Lincoln cent value guide.

 

Wheat Cent Error Coins

1955-Doubled-Die-cent.pngOf the 6 coins above considered highly scarce or rare in the Lincoln wheat penny series, 2 are considered errors:

  • 1922 no mint mark — Only the Denver mint produced pennies in 1922, but weak dies (the device itself which actually imprints the image into a coin) produced coins with a faint “D” and some coins on which no “D” mint mark appears at all.
  • 1955 doubled die — This coin bears a distinct, doubled image on its front side (the obverse). This image doubling was not intended by the mint and, thus, is considered an error. However, the 1955 doubled die penny is an error coin which has a very strong following, and some diehard penny collectors consider the 1955 doubled die penny as essential to have for a complete Lincoln cent collection.

 

1943_steel_penny.JPG Though not rare, perhaps one of the most interesting date collectors and non-collectors alike clamor for is the 1943 steel penny. The U.S. Mint used a steel composition in 1943 to ration copper for the war effort. Today, 1943 steel pennies in circulated (worn) condition are generally worth less than a dollar.

For the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, Frank Gasparro designed the Lincoln Memorial reverse with which Americans have been familiar since 1959. By the way, the last Memorial cent will be struck in 2008. To find out more about Lincoln cents, read “A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents,” a Whitman publication by Q. David Bowers.

 

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  • Bill

    I have an uncirculated 1955 penny. It is not doubled die, but is faintly struck. Are pennies like this worth anything. It is in great condition, but it was faintly struck at the mint and therefore does not have the crisp detail.

    • Anonymous

      Bill,

      Good call on looking for the doubled die anyhow! In most cases, only coins with a VERY weak strike sell for a premium (often a few dollars over usual value, but sometimes more). Otherwise, a coin that has just slight weakness is not worth more than a coin struck with ordinary detail.

      Your coin is still worth 5 to 10 cents in typical uncirculated grades, though.

    • jan

      I have a 1968 pennie.the back has a head and the building stamped on it. Is this pennie worth any money.

  • dale

    i have a 1941 wheat penny that is half the thickness of a wheat penny what is it worth
    thanks dale

    • Anonymous

      Hi Dale,

      Your coin was likely dipped in acid, thus damaging the coin and rendering it worthless to a collector.

      If, however, your coin appears free from corrosion or surface damage and the coin is the usual diameter, you may have a 1941 Lincoln cent with a thin planchet error. That could be caused by too much rolling pressure when the sheets of coin metal are being flattened out. Your best buyer would be an error coin collector, who may pay $5 to $10 for such a piece.

  • Bill

    I have a paper thin 1916 wheat penny. I’m finding other years with the same error. They are listed as under weight or some other name I can’t remember. I was reading that this happened when they rolled out the pennies. How do I know if I have a true error or perhaps one that was erroded in acid?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Bill,

      Such errors, usually called thin planchets, do exist. Yes, many so-called thin planchet coins have been dipped in acid. While it can take a true professional to examine some of these coins, a few signs that your coin may have been dipped in acid include:

      *Pitting or the appearance of corrosion on the surface
      *Weaker detail or weaker apparent strike than usual
      *Smaller diameter than typical for a said denomination

  • jeff

    i have a 1939 penny has no mint mark ….is it worth anything

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Jeff –

      Your 1939 Lincoln cent, if it has wear, has a nominal value of about 3 to 10 cents — depending on how much wear it has.

  • Timo

    i have a Penny with Error no year on it i guess its about the year 2000
    Could it be worth anything?

    • Anonymous

      Timo,

      It sounds like your coin is most likely the victim of a filled die. That means some grease got stuck in the date portion of the die (the stamp that impresses the design on the blank piece of metal). As for value, it could bring in a few dollars or more if being sold to a coin collector or coin dealer specializing in error coins.

  • Babii

    I have a 1946 D i think very strangly struck. It has 4 circles and a bar like fold over the wheat. The fold even makes the wheat off sides. the words United States Of America only show the U,O,es,and A. Then the ONE CENT only showes N part E, and T.Where can I find out what it’s worth?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Babii,

      Very interesting description. Does the coin look bent? Do the circles appear to be bubbles inside the metal? Or are the circles flat, as if they were etched into the wheat ears?

      I must say I’m having a hard time judging this coin without seeing a photo of the coin. However, it strikes me as if it’s been damaged in some way… If it’s damaged, it would be essentially worthless.

      You did a really great job with your description, but if you could provide even more I might be able to help. Though, I’ve got to say, given the description so far it sounds like the coin has been mutilated.

  • JACKIE

    RECENTLY FOUND LINCOLN PENNIES FROM 1909 TO 1960. SOME S SOME D AND SOME WITH NO MINT. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO FIND WHAT THEY ARE WORTH

  • Anonymous

    found a 1949 penny with no back to it, it just has a front, valuable?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, JDC –

      It sounds like you have a novelty coin or, more specifically, an illusionist’s coin. While these have no numismatic value, they may have nominal value (under $2) in the novelty coin market.

      • Anonymous

        the penny in question was found in a bag with several other coins all from the 1950′s and under. all the rest of the coins are legit.

        • Anonymous

          Hi, JDC –

          Typically, a real penny that’s blank on both sides will have a value of about $2 to $3. However, I rarely hear anything about coins that are authentic and have been stamped on just one side.

          This may be something to have authenticated by a third-party grader. If the coin passes that test, then it may be worth trying to sell or auction (if you wish), because these types of errors can sometimes bring in much money (hundreds of dollars or more). Check out more about third-party graders here: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/01/slabbed_coins.php

          I, however, am not placing a value on YOUR coin because I can’t say if it’s real and wouldn’t know the value of that specific date with that specific error.

          I wish you the best!

  • Anonymous

    I have a 1909 wheat penny with no mint mark. Does that mean the value is basically of the $2-$3?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Diana –

      Yes, a 1909 penny with no mint mark is generally worth, as you said, $2 to $3. The only way it would be worth more is if it has only minimal wear or no wear at all. For example, an uncirculated example is worth around $17 to $20 and up.

  • Anonymous

    i had a person come into my store to put gas in their car and used a roll of pennys and found in it a 1955 double dye.. nice

  • Anonymous

    I have a few of the “rare” lincoln cents that show doubling on the obverse. I was wondering what is the level of doubling that is being looked for and how would I go about having these checked out to see if I could sell them at auction or to a dealer?

    • Anonymous

      Hello Ti,

      True doubled dies are each distinct in their own right, based on the date in question. Now, there is a type of doubled image called machine doubling.

      Machine doubled coins are really not worth anything more than usual value.

      Beware of getting a ‘poor man’s’ 1955 double die. These are not ‘real’ doubled dies and worth a nominal amount. Demand for these simply comes from people wanting to fill 1955 doubled die one cent coin holes in albums and folders.

      Short of having your coins authenticated by third-party coin graders for a fee (probably the best way to really know what you have), you could compare the coins you have to photos of actual doubled dies on the internet. Type in the years of your coins and ‘doubled die’ and check out the photos of authentic coins.

      • Anonymous

        Great thanks. I have been finding most of my information from this site as well as the lincoln cent resource it has everything and then some if you want to know about pennies I guess I am just confused as to what qualifies. My cents definitely show signs of doubling but because of wear (which isn’t that bad) I don’t know if I should have them checked for a “fee”. I am very new at collecting coins. It started when a friend asked me if I had a 1970 penny. As it would have it I do. Actually I have 4 of them all ‘s’ mint. 2 are small date and 2 are large date. Also I have 3 1969 ‘s’ mint and they all show signs of doubling just not what they show online. Very similar but not exact. I don’t want to get “taken” if you will, if they do turn out to be the rare ones that are much sought after but I am not confident enough to take them somewhere and find out I really haven’t got a clue as to what I am looking for.

        • Anonymous

          Your welcome, Ti.

          Here’s a link to photos of a genuine 1969-S doubled die cent. Be sure you check out all the photos there… the photos at the bottom show the machine doubling damage (not doubled dies) that I had discussed in my first reply to you: http://koinpro.tripod.com/Articles/1969SDoubledDieCent.htm

  • Locker44

    I have a 1942 copper penny with the one cent in the back is anybody interested?

  • FosterPennyMan

    You forgot to mention the rare 1943 copper pennies. There are only about 40 of them in exsitance and it is rated as the second most valuable penny only the 1974 aluminum penny is more. Just an interesting fact that was left out.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Foster –

      Thanks for bringing those two elusive piece up. While the 1974 aluminum and 1943 copper cents are indeed among the absolute rarest of Lincoln cents, this article focuses on the scarcest regular-issue Lincoln cents (the 1922 plain and 1955 double die, though not regular-issues, are mentioned here because they are popular inclusions in many upper-end sets).

      Thanks for stopping by and literally giving us your two cents’ of input! We appreciate it!

      • Greg Burcham

        hey joshua me and my friend are looking up coins and have come up with 8 nickel coins 1961-1964 and most of them are in good condition i was wondering how much $$$$ they would be

        • Anonymous

          Hello, Greg –

          Thanks for posting your question! Generally speaking, nickels made between 1955 and 1964 carry very little, if any, premium in worn grades.

          You might be able to get a coin dealer to give you 7 to 10 cents on each of those nickels if needed to help fill holes in a coin album of coin folder set. For the most part though, nickels made during the 1960s and after are worth only face value in worn grades.

  • Dawn

    I have a 1901 indian head wheat penny and a 1903 one as well are they worth anything?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Dawn. Assuming they’re circulated, both of your Indian Head pennies are each worth $2 to $5, depending on how much wear they have.

  • Betkoski06

    Hi Joshua, I have a us coin with “in god we trust” reversed and on edge of coin” This is to the left of “in god we trust” 1947 lincoln penny. I thought at first the coin was just abused from usage. Would you know anything about this? Thanks

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for your question, Betkoski.

      Without seeing the coin, I can’t say for certain. However, it sounds like you piece is likely a novelty coin — a coin somebody altered after the U.S. Mint. Such pieces have more value as a curiosity than as a numismatic specimen and is probably worth only a dollar or so IF it’s simply a novelty coin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Warner/100001040083158 Josh Warner

    Hi Joshua, I have a wheat penny with the year 1993. would it be considered a mistake. Thanks

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Josh –

      Such a coin could not have been made because the U.S. mint doesn’t have wheat cent dies anywhere near the current coin presses. It sounds like you have some type of novelty coin; it may also be some type of illusionist’s gaffe coin — a trick coin.

  • Pope_rashad_1991

    hey i have 6 wheat pennies dated from 1924 to 1956 i was wonder where do cash in at on email is pope_rashad_91@yahoo.com if any one has a ideal please contract me and in the subject put penny

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Pope –Most coins have different values based on the dates. What is each date and mintmark combination on your 6 Lincoln cents? I’ll be able to give you an idea as to value once I know each coin’s date and mintmark.

      At any rate, you’ll want to sell your Lincoln wheat cents to a coin dealer. You can find one near you by checking out an online directory or a phone book.

      • Anonymous

        Type your reply…Joshua i saw where you said the 1914 D wheat penny was worth about $200.00..what if the penny doesn’t have a letter stamp on it?

        • Anonymous

          Hi, Darcry –

          Yes, the 1914-D Lincoln wheat cent is considered a rare key date and is indeed worth easily $200 and up, even worn grades. The 1914 without a stamp (made in Philadelphia) is considered common. About 75 million 1914 Lincoln cents were made at the Philadelphia mint and is worth around 25 cents to 50 cents and up in worn grades.

          On the flip side though, the Denver (D) made around 1 million 1914 cents, and many of these no longer exist in any kind of collectible grade. A number weren’t even saved. Therefore, because of the high demand for the 1914-D Lincoln cent but relatively few to go around, it’s become a scarce coin that commands a big price tag.

      • Anonymous

        ..Joshua i saw where you said the 1914 D wheat penny was worth about $200.00..what if the penny doesn’t have a letter stamp on it? ypu can send me a reply at akiraeverett@hotmail.com
        Thanks Joshua

  • Emmanuelparati

    i have a 1915 penny whith a B on it is it worth any thing?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Emmanuel –

      There’s a ‘B’ engraved on your coin? Unless you’re referring to the tiny mintmark under the date (which is either a ‘D’ or ‘S’ but may look like a ‘B’ to the naked eye…), then your coin has been counterstamped or etched by somebody else and therefore the coin would have no extra value as a numismatic piece.

      Incidentally, a 1915-D Lincoln cent is worth $1.50 to $5 in lower worn grades; a 1915-S has a price tag of about $18 to $20 and up in undamaged, circulated grades.

  • http://ladieslovinladies.com ThePrufessa

    i have about 3000 (rough guesstimate) pennies that i have to go through that my deceased grandfather left behind. he was 82 when he passed and nobody knows how long he had been collecting the pennies. hopefully i can find a valuable penny or two in the can.

    can anyone provide me with some target dates that i need to pay close attention to? this would help me narrow the bunch down quite a bit by eliminating all of the pennies that aren’t known to have any errors om them. thanks for all your help!

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Prufessa –

      Thanks for the question! The really ‘big’ rare dates are the following:

      1909-S VDB (VDB is on the back of the coin, under the wheat stalks)
      1909-S
      1914-D
      1922 plain (no mintmark)
      1931-S
      1955 double die (the date appears doubled)

      Beyond that, hang onto any of the coins from the 1910s and 1920s with mint marks — many of these are worth anywhere from 25 cents each to over $30 in worn grades.

      If you see anything strange (doubled images, off-center designs, etc.) hang onto them!

      Any coins you plan to sell, be sure you sell them to a coin dealer! Coin dealers will give you the best price overall on any coins you plan on letting go.

      Good luck, and please feel free to ask future questions or check out the other articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins for more info on values and other coin insight!

  • Mark

    i have a 1950 s and a 1944 s how much are they?

    • Anonymous

      Each is worth about 3 cents, Mark.

  • Baddlyte

    i have a 1870 indian head penny in great condition… anyone know how much its worth?? baddlyte at hotmail dot com

    • Anonymous

      Wow, Baddly! Great find. An 1870 Indian Head cent is worth at least $50 in grades of Good-4, though values rise into the $100s of dollars if the coin has only little wear. While I’m not sure what ‘great condition’ means to you, the values you’ll find here or elsewhere only apply if the coin has no porosity, bends, has not been cleaned, and has no other signs of damage or mutilation.

  • Dorothybaumgardt

    I have a 1977 steel penny that most collectors say they have never heard of. What would be the value of that?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for your question, Dorothy. While there were attempts in the 1970s to change the composition of the penny to aluminum to help save money — and the 1982 change to copper-plated zinc — the case with your Lincoln cent is most likely plating with a silver-colored metal.

      If your Lincoln cent weighs 3.11 grams or heavier, its a regular copper Lincoln cent that has been coated or chemically altered. If it’s significantly lighter, it could be a pattern piece of some type that was struck using a metal like steel, aluminum, or something of the sort, though I highly doubt that’s the case with yours.

      Many Lincoln cents were coated with mercury after leaving the mint. I would be careful touching your 1977 Lincoln cent just in case it was in fact coated in mercury.

      As for value, assuming it’s a common case of after-mint plating, the value of your Lincoln cent is unfortunately still one cent.

  • Qwinn777

    I have a 1916 wheat penny,thats pretty worn but has a large v shaped error on both sides,making it look kinda like a pac-man. Has anyone heard of this and is it worth anything?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for your question, Qwinn. I would need to see an image of the coin to opine. Is the V bubbling up from inside the coin? Is it a depression on both sides of the coin? Does it appear etched into the coin?

  • 1fishman

    i have a 1949 wheat penny but it doesnt appear to be copper. it looks silver there is a small hole in it. its definately dated 1949 and its not a steel penny. do you know anything about this coin i cant find nothing online so far.. its markings match a regular wheat penny could it be a fake?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, 1Fishman –

      Your 1949 wheat cent is likely a silver-plated (or maybe a mercury-coated) penny that had a hole drilled into it to make it a piece of jewelry. If the coin feels greasy when you pick it up, it’s therefore likely covered in mercury — and in that case I wouldn’t touch it again! It was common at one point in time to coat Lincoln cents in mercury because of the silvery effect it provided the coin.

      If your coin is coated with silver or pewter, it’s safe to touch, but it still doesn’t make the coin rare or valuable.

    • Jdmont3

      people used to rub mercury on a cent to make it appear as silver (magicians trick).

      • Anonymous

        Right on, JD — and these are coins you don’t want to touch because of that mercury!

  • Phil

    So I have several large cloth bags of Wheat Penny’s that were given to me as a gift…..how do I go about selling these without getting hosed…..for just an average “nothing special” date what should I expect.

    Phil

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Phil –

      A common, typically worn wheat cent is worth 3 to 5 cents (there are slight pricing variations even among well-worn common dates). Normally, wheat cents sell for the lower end of that price spectrum if they’re in bag quantities.

      Bags of 5,000 can be bought from coin dealers for as little as $175 to $200. I would expect to be offered 2 to 3 cents a coin if you’re selling a quantity in the hundreds of thousands.

      I hope this helps!

  • Frestyle22

    you did not mention how there are about 20 1943 copper pennies worth in the six figure range. thats the most valuable penny!

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Freestyle –

      There are actually a few wheat pennies that could fit this category (including the rare 1959-D wheat cent and 1944 steel cent). However, this particular post is geared toward both regular-strike rarities (like the 1909-S VDB) and the major varieties/errors (like the 1922 plain and ’55 Doubled Die) which most coin albums acknowledge with a slot in their books and are coins which many coin collectors have a realistic shot at someday obtaining.

      There is recognition of the 1943 bronze cent elsewhere here at The Fun Times Guide; you can check out more here: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/09/1943_lincoln_cent.php

  • Stevo_420

    Hi Joshua…well, I have an 1882 Indian head/wheat penny thats in pretty decent shape considering the age. Just curious if its worth anything and if so, how much?..someone had mentioned to me that if the stars were visable in the feathers on the headdress it is worth more???….thanks for your help..

  • Anonymous

    Stevo,

    Yes, your friend is right; though you’re looking for diamonds and not stars, if the diamonds are visible then you have a coin with no wear or very light wear. The one key point to remember is that not all Indian cents were struck very well, so diamonds can’t always be used as a grading diagnostic.

    However, if your 1882 does have diamonds strongly visible, then your coin is worth around $10 to $15 or more. Without any sign of diamonds and with much wear on the rest of your coin, the value is closer to $2 to $5.

    Always remember that the value of any coin is dependent not just on how much (or little) wear there is but, also, how much, if any, damage the coin has. Cleaned coins, pitted coins, porous coins, and holed coins, and bent coins are always worth significantly less than the same piece with the same amount of wear without those types of damage.

    Hope this helps!

  • Robert_flohr

    I have 3 rolls of 1959D wheat pennies that are in excellent shape. They are still shinny and have no wear. Could you tell me what they are worth.

    • Anonymous

      Robert,

      Hmm… 1959-D rolls of Memorial cents have a value of around $3 to $5 or so. If these all appear to be 1959-D wheat pennies, you’d want to have them all sent to a coin authentication company (like PCGS or ANACS), because the 1959-D wheat cent is among the rarest bird in the land…

  • Ashley Skusek

    I just went through my pennies and noticed I have old ones. I looked online to see if they have any value to them and stumbled across your site. I don’t think I have anything of value, but I do have a question for you… What does the ‘S’ and the ‘D’ (the “mint marks”) stand for? And why would one of my 1964 pennies have a ‘d’, but two of my other pennies from the same year not have any letter at all? Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Ashley,

      Great question. The ‘D’ stands for Denver, and the ‘S’ is the mint mark for San Francisco. Any coin without a mintmark (that little letter) was made in Philadelphia, which is the primary minting facility of the United States Mint.

      So, for example, of your three 1964 pennies, one was made in Denver and the other two were made in Philadelphia.

      By the way, if you ever come across a coin with a ‘P’ (as is the case with modern nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins) you’ll know it was made in Philadelphia — because the ‘P’ is the Philadelphia mint mark.

      If you’re interested in finding out more about other mint marks (yes — there are many others, too!) then check out this post: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2007/12/mint_marks_letters_on_coins.php

  • Kewldave55

    i collect error..wheats and others..i have a roll of 1951-s ??? and a roll of different dates with defects like a dot on the 9′s –have you every seen this? email me at kewldave55@hotmail.com

    • Anonymous

      Dave,

      The coins with the blobs likely have die chips on them — they’re common defects that occur when the die (the stamp that makes the image on the coin) breaks a bit. The result is usually either blobs or a thin raised line on the coin.

      Such pieces typically have nominal value over their regular value and would fetch the best prices by being sold to those who collect error coins and are interested in such pieces.

  • Rsmith2847

    I have a “197″ penny. Is it common?

    • Anonymous

      R,

      Although I can’t say for certain without seeing your coin, it sounds like a weak strike or a filled die (grease or debris in the thing that stamps the design on a coin) likely left the fourth digit of the coin missing.

      This is a fairly common type of error and probably would bring you $1 to $2 if an interested coin collector bought it.

  • Boozinit_420

    Was just rolling up some pennies.. and found a 1909 wheat penny with no mint mark. wondering if its worth anything ?

    • Anonymous

      Check for a tiny ‘VDB’ on the back of the coin near the rim under the wheat stalks, Booz.

      If you see a ‘VDB,’ your 1909 penny is worth around $10.

      If you don’t see a ‘VDB,’ your 1909 cent is still worth around $2 to $3.

  • Lucky7kevin

    i have a 1941 wheat penny in good condition how much is it worth?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Lucky –

      The 1941 is one of the most common wheat cents, and so it’s worth around 3 to 5 cents in typical worn grades. But still worth hanging onto nevertheless — it’s getting extremely hard to find nice wheat cents in pocket change these days.

  • Adrianusjvg

    I have a 1920 penny, on the front it seems to have been struck 3-4 times across lincolns face slanting down to the right. You can clearly see the 3-4 strikes where the edge of the press would be. And the bottom quarter of the back is almost flat and smooth. Any idea what thats worth? thanks

  • doug

    What is a 1909 VDB penny woryh?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Doug,

      A 1909 VDB penny in typical worn grades is worth around $10 to $15.

  • angel

    my husben has a 1919 penny with no mint. wondering if it is worth anything?

    • Joshua

      Angel,

      A 1919 Lincoln cent without a mintmark (which means it was struck at the Philadelphia mint) is worth around 20 cents in typical worn grades.

    • Joshua

      Angel,

      A 1919 Lincoln cent without a mintmark (which means it was struck at the Philadelphia mint) is worth around 20 cents in typical worn grades.

  • angel

    my husben has a 1919 penny with no mint. wondering if it is worth anything?

  • bryian jelovac

    i have not one but two of the1959 d wheat pennys and i would like to see if they are real how can i do this and how much are they worth

  • bryian jelovac

    i have not one but two of the1959 d wheat pennys and i would like to see if they are real how can i do this and how much are they worth

  • Josephnucasojr

    I have a doublesidedwheat penny. Both sides have wheat on it. Is it real or fake?

  • Josephnucasojr

    I have a doublesidedwheat penny. Both sides have wheat on it. Is it real or fake?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Joseph –

      Sounds like you have a trick coin there! While you might win a couple bets with it, it’s not worth anything numismatically.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Joseph –

      Sounds like you have a trick coin there! While you might win a couple bets with it, it’s not worth anything numismatically.

  • Nc473

    were any pennies minited in 1943, not wheat pennies?

    • Anonymous

      NC,

      As far as circulating United States coinage is concerned, the only design on the penny in 1943 was the Lincoln wheat cent.

    • Anonymous

      NC,

      As far as circulating United States coinage is concerned, the only design on the penny in 1943 was the Lincoln wheat cent.

  • Nc473

    were any pennies minited in 1943, not wheat pennies?

  • Lassiehunter

    I have a 1945 D Wheat Penny. I saw where someone said only 100 were made is that a joke or for real?

  • Lassiehunter

    I have a 1945 D Wheat Penny. I saw where someone said only 100 were made is that a joke or for real?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Lassie –

      Unfortunately that is a joke. In fact, over 266 million 1945-D pennies were made; yours is worth around 5 cents.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Lassie –

      Unfortunately that is a joke. In fact, over 266 million 1945-D pennies were made; yours is worth around 5 cents.

  • Cyndi

    are wheat pennies with an S on them worth more than the wheat pennies with a D on them?

    • Anonymous

      Cyndi,

      There are some very scarce and valuable S-mint wheat cents (like the 1909-S, 1909-S VDB, 1911-S, and 1931-S Lincoln cent. However, the 1914-D Lincoln cent is one of the rarest behind the 1909-S VDB cent.

      It is true, however,that — especially among pre-1934 Lincoln cents, S-mint pieces are generally the most valuable and the scarcest.

      Here’s a link to an article on semi-key Lincoln cents, which discusses a bit about the lesser-known scarce Lincoln pennies: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/12/lincoln_semi_key_coins.php

  • Ericthecat

    I have a 1909 V.D.B. pennie but I’m not sure if it has a mint mark. Is the mint mark below the date? I think I can see a faint D directly forward of lincolns nose. I was wondering the value if any.

    • Anonymous

      Eric,

      The mintmark would be under the date. However, Denver (D) did not strike any pennies that year, so the only mintmark you would see on a 1909 penny would be the S (San Francisco).

      Any faint-looking D you see in front of Lincoln’s nose has been added there by spomebody else and would hurt the value of the coin. A 1909 VDB penny is usually worth around $10

      Incidentally, if you had a 1909-S VDB penny, it’s one of the rarest Lincoln pennies and is worth around $1,000 and up!

  • alton456

    I have a 1937 Wheat penny that does not look like it has been circulated and does not have a mint mark under the date? Is there anything unique about this coin?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Alton –

      A 1937 Lincoln wheat cent without a mintmark is a penny made in Philadelphia. These are common. If your 1937 penny appears to be in mint state grades, it could be worth anywhere from about $2 to over $50. However, it must have absolutely no trace of wear. Worn 1937 Lincoln cents are worth from about 5 cents to $1.

  • Anonymous

    I have a 1952 Lincoln cent ” D/S & DD

  • Dugan04

    I have a 1929 D mint pennie. Is it valuable because it was minted during the great depression?

  • Phyl Verse

    I have two wheat pennies. One is dated 1941 and the other is dated 1914/ neither has a mint and additionally there is a smooth surface under the date as if there was never a mint struck. I beleive that my wheat pennies were involed in the die error in Denver.

    • Anonymous

      Phyl,

      While there are 1922 pennies that were made in Denver but lacked evidence of a ‘D’ mintmark, your pennies are regular coins that were made in Philadelphia (which didn’t stamp a mintmark on coins in 1914 and 1941).

      Your 1914 is worth 20 cents to $1, while your 1941 cent is worth around 5 cents.

  • Regan

    I’m relatively new to ACTIVE coin collecting. About a month ago I found a 1918 D penny in my pocket change and I was just wondering how much it is worth.

    • Anonymous

      Welcome to coin collecting, Regan! I think you’ll find this is a very fun hobby — and there are so many avenues you can take with coins.

      Your 1918-D Lincoln cent is worth 25 cents to $1 in average circulated condition…

    • jake

      .16 cents

  • Qellen

    i have a1943 coin i got it for 50 cents and i also have a 1909 penny

  • Anonymous

    hi i have a wheat penny and it has the date of 1976  on  this has to be rare have u ever head of this and  is it priceless

  • Joebeastyg78

    Hey man! I’ve been hoarding anything collectible for over 15+ years. It wasn’t until recently that I picked up a magnifying glass to inspect a flea market purchase of hundreds of wheat pennies. Many of them have doubling of different degrees, some are shiny and seem to have been in a collection since day 1 or so (but not gem mint condition), and a few seem to be of the more rare or maybe unique variety. One being a 19-teen something (13 I believe. Its not with me atm) that I discern to have the “struck through cloth” error/mis-struck look to it. Its easily seen with the naked eye. Should I have that coin and maybe others that are really in good shape graded? Or do these particular coins need to be of certain rarity where mine are simply nice old coins?

    Thanks,

    Joey G.

  • LarryAndy

    About 25 years ago I  bought an error coin, with a very interesting article, Coin Magazine, full feature of  this coin comparing the thin coin to another collectors thin coin, pointing out the thiness of this particular coin. It also has a split planchet, double error.  I had a coin shop take a look at all my coins, a couple thousand face value, gold, silver, pennies, etc. of which he stole. I was able to recover only a few, this penny is one but the article featuring the coin was lost. Now can’t find the article at all. Sent to PCGS to be graded, they only graded it as split planchet, did not measure the thinness, said to find the aritcle. Where, how and is  there a way to double grade an error coin? Graded as Minyt Error, PCGS AU55 SPlit Planchet B-4 Striking.  The main part of the article was of the thinness of the coin, can that article ever be found? Can the coin be graded in both errors? Is it worth enough to even worry about?

  • LarryAndy

    I had collected coins, especially pennies for years, then bought a lot of unserached pennies on Ebay. In all this mess I started going thru separating into years and mints, discovered dozens of clogged pennies, especially late 1950′s but also many others. Also found an extremely thin 1930 and another very thin 1943s. I am told that it is hard to verify a thin coin? Both coins are very very thin, has most all impression but is so thin on the 1930 it could even be bent.

    • Navarrete Lilianna

      do you happen 2 know the price on a 1955 doubled die penny 

      • Anonymous

         Lilianna,

        A 1955 doubled die penny is worth at least $1,000, even if very well worn.

        • Anonymous

          do you happen to know who would like to buy it

  • Kdeese

    I have a 1937 One sided wheat penny. What is this worth?

    • Anonymous

      Kdeese,

      Please feel free to post a photo of it here so we can make sure it isn’t a novelty coin, which is the likeliest situation and, if so, worth only 50 cents to a dollar or so.

      • Kdeese

        Here is a picture of the one sided penny

    • Kdeese

      Here is a picture of the coin.

  • J1946j

    I have what looks like a ” white penny “…..can anybody tell me if you have every heard or seen one…and what it could be worth?…….i had it for many many years……it’s dated 1960

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, J -

      It sounds like your 1960 penny may have been coated with either pewter or perhaps even mercury, which is fairly common for coins of that era. Such pieces aren’t really worth anything numismatically, however.

  • Randibowers

    I have a question.  Were the wheat stalks always facing up when you flipped the coin over so that the stalks would point in the same direction as the top of the President’s head?  We found a 1919 wheat penny in the parking lot and when you flip it over, the stalks point down and the wording is upside down.  Is this normal?  Thanks

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Randi,

      Trying to make sure we’re on the same page as to what direction your coin must be flipped to achieve the effect you’re talking about. Normally, on U.S. coinage, when you turn a coin which has its obverse (“heads side”) facing up and flip it either to the left or right, the reverse (“tails side”) will look upside down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Walt-Minix/1503321837 Walt Minix

    I have a 1943 penny that does stick to the magnet. I was looking at it with a magnifying glass and it looks like the word LIBERTY on the left hand side of President Lincoln’s face that there is no L on the word LIBERTY. It looks like the-tails side there isn’t an s in the word states under where ONE CENT is printed. The spacing of the letters look sort of not evenly spaced right. I sit worth anything you think?Thankyou!

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Walt,

      It sounds like it was either weakly struck or the die was filled. In either case, your 1943 steel cent would have no additional value.

    • Steven1998

      i have the same thing with a 1947S penny the “O” is missing in “one cent” and the “A” missing in “America”

  • Dstovall10@gmail.com

    I have a 1929 penny @1907 dime are they both r old what can i get for them ?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Dstovall,

      A 1929 Lincoln cent in typical worn condition is worth around 10 cents and your 1907 Barber dime has a value of $5.

  • Pamjacobson

    Help please…..I have a 1953 S one cent coin that has a “BUBBLE” inside the “9″.  I am trying to find out if this is worth more than 3 cents.  Can anyone help??  pamjacobson10@yahoo.com

  • Miagirl2981

    Where do you find the SVDB on the wheat pennies? The location on the wheat penny.?

    • Ichheisseyamus

      s would be under date, and vdb would be on other side on the very bottom

  • fiah4fun

    I have a 1939 ppenny that has an additional 9 stamped on the pinched rim.  Additionally, the wheat on the reverse is double stamped as well.  I have had the coin for 40+ years.  In the past year, I had a coin collector take it to a number of coin shows in the southeast to show a number of collectors/appraisers.  While almost all of them agreed that it was an error, no one would grade it.  Have you heard of any other errors such as this one??

  • Yanna Chris

    I got a 1916 wheat penny with a bump or blob on the edge of the coin not the face front or back but the edge, what is this or what does this mean and would it carry a premium

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Yanna,

      Would you please post a pic here in the forum? Thank you!

  • Dketcher2002

    STRANGE WHEAT CENT ERROR: Has anyone ever seen / heard of a wheat cent (reverse) over a Indian Head Cent reverse?  I have a 1928 Wheatie that sure does look like it.  Any comments please…

  • Holly

    who knows what a 1955 upside down lincoln penny is worth?? any comments will help :)

  • Gabriielantoniohigueraviera

    i  have a rare wheat penny of 1957-D  i want  to now wats     it worth   can  you tel  me

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Gabriel,

      A 1957-D Lincoln cent is actually a pretty common coin and is worth around 3 to 5 cents. Nice find though!

  • Lupe81lazo

    I got a 1946s wheat one cent us. How much is it wirth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Lupe,

      A 1946-S Lincoln cent is worth around 5 to 10 cents.

  • Brianmdavid06

    is there such thing as  a 1 million dollar penny/ the 1943 D Bronze? i got at least 2 or 3 of them in my colection

  • suga

    i have wheat pennies from 1941 to 1958 some with no markings

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Suga,

      If you have a complete run of circulated Lincoln cents from 1941 through 1958, you have a collection worth $3 to $7.

  • RGB2012

    Do you know if they the 1960 penny with no copper in it?

  • jeremy

    what can i get for a 1924 wheat peeny

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      About 10 cents at your nearest coin dealer, Jeremy.

  • fran

    Hi joshua, I have a huge pickel jar full of wheat pennies dating back to 1902 (indian heads) And lincoln. I at least 3,000 or more where would i begin ?????? I am not into coins what would be a good offer. ?

  • lynn

    i have a 1896 2 cent penny do you have any idea what it would be worth. Lynn

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Lynn -

      The U.S. didn’t make a 2-cent coin in 1896, so I’m curious if your piece is an American coin or one from another nation. Or, would you be able to provide a pic and post it here in the comments forum?

      Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/crystal.g.fernandez Crystal Gail Fernandez

    what about a 1946 wheat penny? How much is this worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Crystal -

      A 1946 Lincoln cent is worth around 5 cents.

  • Angweb

    I have a wheat leaf penny that has no date or mint mark. The penny shows minimal wear and the rim of penny still has an edge to it. It is still thick like a new one. Was wondering if it might be worth anything.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Angweb,

      Would you please post a pic of your coin here in the comments forum so we can see if it is a token or something else.

      Thanks!

  • collin13

    I have a 1946 penny how much is it worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Collin -

      A 1946 Lincoln cent is worth around 5 cents.

  • collin13

    Hi its Collin again I found a 1935 penny what is it worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Collin -

      A 1935 Lincoln cent in typical, worn condition is worth around 10 cents.

  • Jessiebella

    Hi, im new to this and dont know anything about it but i have a 1970 one sided penny, it only has the heads side stamped. When you flip it over it is blank and you can tell it hasnt been sanded or anything, just a unstamped clean side. Do you think it is worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Jessie,

      Sounds like a coin that’s been modified for use by an illusionist. Such a coin is worth a couple dollars to a magician, but has no monetary value to coin collectors.

  • JAMES

    look under RARE MINT ERROR COINS on youtube i have many error coins i just inherited from my grandfather he collected most of his life leave comment or contact info if you want to buy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.d.francis.56 Mark Daniel Francis

    i have a 1919 d mercury dime wanting to know the value.it is worn around the edges please let me know if u can help

  • tammy humble

    looking for info on a 1949 S series wheat penny.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.nelson.104 John Nelson

    I have a 1941 steel penny…what is it worth? I can pick it up with a magnet…

    • Steven1998

      Did you read the date close enough? You could’ve made a mistake. but if it is 1941,then thats quite an interesting find

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Pete,

    Sounds like your 1964 Lincoln cent must have been an illusionist’s coin, as it would be virtually impossible in the era of modern minting for such a coin to be blank, even as an error.

  • penny guy

    i have a 1941 42 43 45 and 46 wheat penny also an 1864 Indian head are they worth anything

  • steadfast

    I have a 1920 wheat penny,someone wants to buy it from me for $500. I’m not sure should I sell it. Cause I know its not what the penny is worth. Its what its worth to someone else.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi,

      Depends on the condition of the 1920 Lincoln cent. One in typical worn grades shouldn’t bring in more than 25 cents to $1. however, one in top-end uncirculated could easily command a figure close to or above what you mentioned.

  • MurdaMaq

    I have a packaged 1936 wheatie.. That package reads scarce depression era..also it is circulated… Any idea why it would say that? Also what might it be worth? Thanks!

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Murda,

      Your 1936 Lincoln cent really isn’t scarce in the scheme of how many were made (millions), like the package says, but they are quite hard to find anymore in pocket change. Yours is worth around 10 to 15 cents.

  • MurdaMaq

    Josh.. I also have a 1949 wheatie..good condition..but I think its an error because the mint mark is dot.. Theres no way it could be a worn down s or dbecause the coin looks great.. It is a blob of metal.. Have you ever heard of this? What might it be worth? I also have a 1944 wheatie that has no mint and it has a double eye error.. What might that be worth? I am avid fan of collecting 19th and 20th century american coins.. My last collection was stolen and I found out later sold for a measely 2k.. I started out as a collecyor for a hobby.. And now that I am starting my collection over, I am more interested in learning their history and the error coins.. I am trying to understand the values and how they are determined rather than just collecting something because it has an older date.. Your information will be greatly appreciated.. Thanks again josh!

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Murda -

      It is terrible that your coin collection was stolen, though if anything good came from that unfortunate event, it’s that maybe you’ve had a renaissance in your collecting tastes and may be appreciating the hobby differently than you had before, which is a truly priceless outcome indeed.

      As for your 1949 blobby mintmark coin may have been caused by grease in the area of the die that contains the mintmark, though it would be hard to really pin down a cause without seeing a picture of the coin, which you could post here in the comments forum if you wish.

      As for the 1944 doubled eye Lincoln cent, such pieces typically go for between $5 and $10.

      Good luck with your continued coin collecting endeavors!

  • MurdaMaq

    Thank you josh your info really helped.. Yu are my new partner in crime.. I just aquired an1864indianhead for 5 $ did I make off? Also I have an unminted 1937 mint condition buffalo nickel.. Any idea on the values of these? Did I get a steal on the indianhead? Also there is no “L” On the ribbon :(… Thanks again josh!

  • Steven1998

    I just bought a bag of 100 wheat pennies off of ebay which turned out to be duds but i came across this 1947 S penny with the “O” Missing in “One cent” i saw very very very tiny impression of the “O” i also came across a 1951 penny with a very faint “1″ in 1951 (195?) are these coins worth anything? they do show a little bit of age but thats about it

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Steven -

      It may be worth a dollar or two to somebody interested in those types of error coins; normally debris in the coin die would cause the weakness of certain features such as lettering.

      • Steven1998

        Thanks for ur help Josh!!

  • Steven1998

    i recently got a bag of 100 wheat cents off of ebay and came across 2 coins a 1947S wheat with the “O” missing in “ONE CENT” and also a 1951 wheat with a very weak 1 in 1951 so it looks like 195? could these be worth anything?

  • Sherri

    Hi Joshua,
    I came across a 1981 Penny, no Mint, but it’s odd because in front of Lincoln’s face there is a stamp of another man. (Full face and bust). I was wondering if this penny may have been used for a magic trick or some promotion. I’ve never seen one like it. Thank you for any information you can give me.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Sherri -

      It sounds like what you have is a Lincoln cent that was stamped, outside of the mint, with an image of John F. Kennedy. This is a fairly common type of novelty coin, and you’ll find more info about it here: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2005/08/lincoln_kennedy.php

  • Steven1998

    i just started my collection of U.S currency and other countires but do you have any knowledge on silver certifcates because i have a few myself i would like to know the value about also i have 5 $2 bills one is in uncirculated condition and from 1976. my silver certificates are a 1935 and 1957 One dollar silver notes the 1935 is in ok condition for its age but the 1957 looks BU? i also have 1953 red and blue silver note $5 notes and a 1928 red note $5 bill. any idea on what these bills are worth? if you need pictures, i’d be gladly to show them

  • collector

    i have a 1947 s wheat penny. Value PLEASE

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, collector -

      The value of a 1947-S Lincoln cent is around 10 cents.

  • Nate Fett

    Hello all i had just found a 1941 wheatback it is silver in color on both faces. and several spots on the outside edge are also silver blending into the copper there are no mint marks nor are there deformity except where it says in god we trust half way through. as if the blank was smaller than it should have been its hard to explain so here is a picture of 2 1941

  • Steven1998

    Hi. I have a few jefferson nickels that are pre 1964. are all nickels 90% silver that are 1964 and older? (besides the WWII nickels) i heard they aren’t

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Steven -

      Actually, the only nickels that contain silver are SOME dated 1942 and all from 1943 to 1945. Among these, all are 35 percent silver (and 56 percent copper and 9 percent manganese).

      Here’s some more info about Jefferson nickels:

      Scarce Jefferson nickels: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/09/rare_jefferson_nickels.php

  • mozzuragirl

    Joshua,
    I found a 1903 Indian head penny, thing is it has a very visable misprint or error on the back of it, right in the center. Was wondering if you may know anything about this??????

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Mozzura -

      What type of misprint do you see on your 1903 Indian Head coin?

      Thanks for your question!

      • mozzuragirl

        Hi Joshua,
        It’s hard to explain but I will try. It’s on the back side of the penny, or tail side, it looks like a State, or a flag of some sort. It’s a copper blob, but has the “One Cent” stamped over it, so I know it’s suppose to be there, I just don’t know what it is? I’ve tried looking on many different web sites, but can’t find one that looks just like this one. I hope this helps, and you can tell me what it is. Thank You

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Hi, Mozzura -

          Thanks for the descriptive feedback. It sounds like your coin was counterstamped by somebody outside the mint. In this case, an enterprising individual placed the image of a state or state flag (a highly common practice) to commemorate whatever the subject of that stamp is. In general, these are summed up as novelty coins and have a marginal value. Coins such as the one you describe are typically worth around $1.

  • canyan

    hey my name is canyan i have a 1955,1944 copper pennies i live in houston texas where do i go to trade them in for the cash they are worth?? 832 275-9210

  • http://www.facebook.com/brendon.rogers.90 Brendon Rogers

    Joshua, I have wheat penny with no date on it. It also does not appear to have a mintmark. laslt it is missing the “s” in pluribus. The edge of the coin still has its rim on both sides so I do not believe that all of these errors are due to wear. Have you ever heard of anything like this or do you have an idea of what it may be worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Brendon -

      Hmm, it’s always possible that it was struck by a very weak or damaged die; such mishaps could be worth a few dollars or more depending on the severity of the situation. However, error coins like this are always better evaluated sight-seen; if possible, could you please upload a photo of your dateless wheat cent here on the comments forum? Thanks!

  • Jim D

    I have a 1945 penny that at first look the 5 is missing. Under microscope you can see a faint out line of the five. Is this worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Jim -

      Not really much more than a few cents, which is the typical value of a worn 1945 cent. Often, parts of some older coins, such as the digit of a date, were struck weakly.

  • carletta

    I have a 1924 and 1927 wheat pennies no mint mark, are these pennies worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Carletta -

      Well, technically there are 1924 and 1927 Lincoln cents that go for $450 and even more, but there are mint-state pieces with very few blemishes. Lower grade examples, such as those with typical amounts of wear, are worth closer to 10 cents to $1.

      • carletta

        Should I send you pictures of the pennies so you could see them?

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Hi, Carletta -

          You may submit them here on the coins forum as a message attachment if you wish!

          Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.hopson.35 Sam Hopson

    Mr.Hernandez, picture this. 19?? wheat cent, reverse is in great shape,heres the kicker, no obverse, NONE. Its like a shell no front its like half a coin.know anything about such an error?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Sam -

      Such errors actually are impossible on coins of that age; what I believe happened with your coin is that the obverse was intentionally removed and your coin was most likely used as either a novelty gag or an illusionist’s trick.

  • rabin

    i have a 1 cent 1979 united states of america copper coin how much worth is it

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Rabin -

      A 1979 Lincoln cent is generally worth face value.

  • rabin

    I have 1 new penny elizabeth II 1971,1981.how much worth it might be?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Rabin -

      A 1971 and 1981 new penny are worth around 5 to 10 cents each to collectors in the states.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hgeorgekish Hazel Georgekish

    i have a 1941 american penny, it’s pretty worn out. Is it worth anything??

  • mark

    I collect pennys the oldest one i have is a 1907 is it worth much its over 115 year old thats what makes me more interested in the coin i can only imagine all the hands its been threw

  • Art

    What is the safest and most honest way to cash in hundreds of wheat pennies. My father saved them when he had a store and my kids just never showed any interest in collecting them. They’ve just been sitting in jars and boxes since my father’s passing. I guess I should separate them out, but what is the process in doing this and how do I make sure I’m not getting ripped off?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cyril.avery.14 Cyril Avery

    i have a 1976 us 1cent in front of lincoln there is aboy and man man with a flag what would this be ty

  • Mbenero

    I have 1905 penny with a Indian how much cost that I need to sale fast

  • anwar elabd khalil

    I have a Lincoln cents in 1992 a mirror image of the face angle for pictures back anwar_elabd733@hotmail.com

  • Paula Reinke

    Hi, Just came on your site, checking out the comments, your replies are wonderful. Introducing my son to the hobby, making him look up what my Dad, Grandpa, has given us in Wheatback Pennies. Thank you kindly, Paula Ann

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Paula,

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! So happy you and your son are enjoying coin collecting together and are handing the torch of the a pastime enjoyed by your dad and grandpa to the next generation.

      If you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask and we’ll do what we can to answer them.

  • MGG

    Have you ever come across a 2002 S penny with a «dot» just above the «T» in LIBERTY?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, MGC -

      It may be a die break of some sort, though without seeing the coin it is hard to say for certain. Die breaks aren’t usually worth much, if any, more than a typical piece, but coin collectors do hang on to these coins anyway to collect different types of die varieties/attributions.

  • Sharmon

    Looking through a couple of my whaet pennies and I found one dated 1914 and what to know its worth for selling? If you could be of assistance it would be greatly appreciated.
    Sharmon

  • Angel Duncan-Robinson

    Can you help me? I have found a 1955 non minted silver wheat penny.I read on one site that if it is slick then it is covered in mercury (or could be). I am wondering if u could lead me to a site with info on this or give me a round about value for it?

  • Michael Gawerecki

    1949 d lincoln wheat used but good condition -appears to have a ‘dot’struck or raised if you will above ‘liberty’… ?

  • Steve Hoover

    Hi,Is there a good way to ready a worn date on a flying eagle cent?I have a 10x eyepiece and on my flying eagle I see a 18_6.I wonder if a microscope could reveal anything.I took it to 2 coin dealers and the told me its worth .50cents.I asked about getting it graded and they said it would be a waste of money.Any help would be great.Thanks, Steve

    • Laura Bling

      There are only 3 years for the flying eagle, 1856, 1857 and 1858 and an 1856 is RARE so i am not sure i would believe that coin dealer and maybe its a risk to get it certified but I would take that risk concidering the value of the 1856 flying eagle in any condition.

  • Brenda Kilgore

    I was going through some of my wheat pennies and located a 1947 wheat penny with the number 6 located under the number nine. I cannot find any information regarding this number being stamped on this wheat penny. I have taken two pictures, but not sure if they are clear enough to see the number 6

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Brenda -

      Somebody appears to have etched that “6″ in on the coin, for what reason is anybody’s guess though! At any rate, the private addition of the “6″ makes this coin a novelty piece that is worth a few cents.

      • Brenda Kilgore

        Thank you for responding. The 6 looks so much like the 9 upside down that I thought this may have been done at the time this coin was minted. Do you have any suggestions as to where I may take this coin for verification? Again thank you for taking the time to look at the pictures and responding.

    • Holly

      I have a 1934 penny that is completely blank on the side of the penny where the wheat would be is it worth anything

      • Holly

        Sorry I did that wrong I didn’t mean to reply to anyone

      • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

        Hello, Holly -

        It sounds like you may have an illusionist’s gaffe coin, which would be used for magic tricks. This would have been crafted from a real penny, as it would be technically impossible for the U.S. Mint to have made that way. Such coins really don’t have any numismatic value, but still are neat novelty coins nevertheless.

  • tupac goat

    i got 2 1969 s pennies the s are in different locations and the lettering looks doubled

  • JoeFang

    Hello. This non-Numismatic just came across a 2009 “Lincoln Childhood” penny that has its edge ‘crinkled.’ Sorry, but do not know the terminology, hence this request. What is the mistake called. Please excuse my lack of correct terms, but here is the description -

    At the bottom of the face side, there is a ‘crinkle’ starting at the left edge of the bottom of Lincoln going to just between the “D” and the date (2009). The ‘crinkle’ is *just* on the face side not actually on the edge. The ‘crinkle’ looks like those on the edge of a quarter; but these are only on the bottom of the coin’s face. They do not show up on the obverse (?) ‘cabin image side’ at all. To repeat, just on the face side and not on the edge like a typical quarter.

    So, what is that mark image normally called? If it is an error what term gets used for that aspect of the coin? Lastly, sure it is not all that uncommon, but does it add any value to the 1 cent? Realize it is not a retirement object, but just curious about any extra value.

    Appreciate any response. Thanks for any details anyone can give me on this coin’s
    mistake.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Joe -

      Without seeing the coin, it sounds like you may be describing a what is known as a die crack – basically damage to the die (which imprints an image on a blank coin), that ends up getting transposed onto the coin. If you wouldn’t mind posting an image of your coin though I could likely provide a more thorough and accurate answer. Thank you for your question!

      • Holly

        I have a 1934 wheat penny that is completely blank on the side where the wheat would be is it worth anything

  • JoeFang

    Part 2 –
    JUST learned the edging is called “reed.” So, What is the error used when an edging happens on the face of the coin? Especially since this is a penny which does not normally have any “reed” on the edge. (My NEW term)

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello again, Joe! Well, given the description you are providing here, it sounds like they may be die gouges, which is damaged caused to the coin by the die (striking implement) itself, though, again, not positive without seeing an image of the coin in question. Hope you’re having fun learning some new coin terminology!

  • Britt Wester

    Hi. I am just trying to find out what it is called when the back of the wheat penny is turned. In other words, the trick of flipping the penny over, they should be the same, but if it is not, what is that called?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Britt -

      That would be a 180-degree die rotation error, if the obverse and reverse designs are both oriented “up” in the same direction.

  • Jordann

    I found a 1945 d wheat penny, how would I find out how much it is worth or if it is worth anything at all? I’ve tried looking all over the internet and haven’t really found much.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Jordann -

      Your 1945-D Lincoln cent is worth about 5 to 10 cents.

  • Heavensent

    Can someone tell me of this is authentic or has any value?

  • dawn

    hello i have a 1972 misprint penny i really didnt get to look at it to much its in one of those card board square and stapled i cant see real good have u heard of any 1972 miss prtints im gonna pull it out in a minute see what exactly is miss printed
    oh its not a wheat penny its 1972 it wasnt double stamped it was off set kinda stamped the ridge on top is touching th3e t in trust and left side has a flat edge before it sytarts the rim

  • Dennis

    I have to a 1949 wheat ok penny with the letter s on it any value to it

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Yes, Dennis. A 1949-S Lincoln cent is worth around 10 cents.

      • thomas hall

        Hey there, I have a half 1943 dime and the other side is a 1941 penny, both are heads and neither side has a mint mark, this wasn’t made by someone, it was minted this way, have you ever heard of a similar coin?

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Hi Thomas,

          Such a coin would be mechanically impossible to make, given the different years on the obverse and reverse; it sounds more like you have a novelty “mule” coin – basically the obverse sides of two real coins fused together and burnished to look like a single, solid piece.

          I’ve seen and heard of many similar coins, most of which are used to fool friends and collect a laugh or two.

  • Richie

    Hope you can help me…I have a 1949 wheat penny Lincoln.side correct, wheat side upside down. It’s encased in a horseshoe from the General Meat Corp. Chelsea 2-8655. Thank you.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi Richie,

      This sounds like a neat token. I don’t have information on this specific coin, but I have seen and heard of similar pieces. These are sought after by many novelty and “exonumia” collectors and may be worth a few dollars or more.

  • Joe

    Any guidance?
    I just found a 1937 Lincoln (no mint stamp), in pretty good condition. The corner of the 7 in the date is worn, as is the M in America on the reverse — but both are still visible.
    First, how should I clean the penny? Brasso?
    Second, how should I try to sell it? eBay would certainly be easiest, but would you recommend any coin sites?
    Thanks!
    Joe

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Joe -

      To answer question one, you actually don’t want to clean it, as doing so will remove the top layer of metal from the coin (as well as its natural patina) and thus lower whatever value it has.

      Typically, a 1937 Lincoln cent with a typical amount of wear for its age (as yours has according to the description) is worth 10 to 20 cents.

      Thank you for your question!

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Joe -

      To answer question one, you actually don’t want to clean it, as doing so will remove the top layer of metal from the coin (as well as its natural patina) and thus lower whatever value it has.

      Typically, a 1937 Lincoln cent with a typical amount of wear for its age (as yours has according to the description) is worth 10 to 20 cents.

      If you want to sell your coin, eBay is the best bet.

      Good luck, and thank you for your question!

  • Marcus Wong

    I have a weat 1968 penny what is it worth

    • Charlie Moore

      They quit minting wheat pennies in 1958……..

  • Marcus Wong

    1958 I mean sry

  • charles l smith

    I have 1947 s wheat penny, missing top part of s on mint mark.very good condition

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Charles -

      It sounds like either a gouge or maybe some intense wear may have obliterated the top of the “1″ on your 1947-S Lincoln wheat cent. Such a piece is worth 3 to 5 cents.

  • charles l smith

    Thank you for your reply. I have many stirke error penny coins .Thank you for your help.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      You’re welcome, Charles!

  • charles l smith

    I have 1949 d wheat penny excellent condition,with 90% cooper cluster left .Double die d mint mark. Coin in excellent condition. I can not locate any information on this coin. Please help. Thanks Charlie

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Charles,

      Would you please post an image of your coin here in the comments forum so we can see what’s going on with it? Thanks!

  • Matthew M. Malooley

    Hi, Josh, I have a penny that befuddles me as to WHY it isn’t a registered type in the ‘red book’. I went on ebay and there were a few for sale, so i know this isn’t an error that only happened to this penny! I have been collecting pennies since i was 7 years old. I have a few of the ones that are worth some bread and I say this is worth at least something substatial like they are.
    ok. A few months ago i was asked to look at some pennies that my friends daughter found in thier new house between the walls. they were all in individual envelopes. as usual, most were average finds but there was a 22 – D>{thats cool} … it was only after i looked at them all that she showed me this penny that wasn’t in an envelope.
    the penny looked fine except for one thing…. the date went like this 194? >>>>THERE IS NO 4TH DIGIT!<<< the 55 dd. the reason its so valuable is because it was a mistake the public wanted to find and there were enough out there that it was possible to find one in your change. if you type in 1955 dd or ANY of the other great linc’s, you’ll have nooooo problem getting at least a healthy selection to gander and drool over. I typed in 194? – s lincoln penny after i got this coin off of them and found at least 2 other examples of this coin. so they’re out there. if you google this 194?-s penny, you’ll find another guy asking this very same question w/o a good reply from anyone.
    Dude{s}, have any of you seen or heard of this coin?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Matthew -

      I have heard of coins similar to the 194X cent you describe and in my years of writing for The Fun Times Guide to Coins I have probably responded to 3 or 4 others like yourself who describe a similar coin. What I believe this to be is the result of a filled die – where grease, debris, or other foreign matter completely clogged the fourth date digit on the die.

      While I have no idea how many of this piece may exist, it’s clear that they’re turning up and maybe rising in value as more coin collectors become aware of it and take interest in collecting it. I’m not sure why it hasn’t been listed in Redbook yet, but something tells me it might be because it’s not (yet, at least) considered an attributed variety.

      We also can’t confirm with certainty during what year it was produced. This may take some tim, but as more coin collectors report the 194X Lincoln cent we may be able to learn more about it.

      Thank you for posting your question, Matthew!

  • Matthew M. Malooley

    {just to add} of the two specimens i found on ebay and the other that were mention in chat room when i googled 194? – s l.penny, one went for 20 bucks and the other less than that. i think if you want to ‘discover’ a new coin to put in the books, this is it. please let mew know what you think…MMM

  • kayla

    I have a VDB one cent coin, it looks like the ones above. I want to sell it, it says above that there worth $750-$2100 … The same coin on ebay goes for $30 ? Does anybody no were I can sell it , I don’t want to sell it for 30 if it’s worth wat it says on here.. Thanks

    • Charlie Moore

      There’s a BIG difference between the 1909 VDB (I have one) and the 1909-S VDB (which I will probably never own!). The one selling for $30 on eBay is probably the former, but that is just a guess on my part. The 1909-S VDB is a high value coin because of its very low mintage and scarcity.

  • kayla

    This is it

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello Kayla,

      I’m sorry to say that this coin is a replica of a 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent. Several diagnostics point to this, mainly the font of the lettering on the coin, style of the date, placement of the mintmark, and Lincoln’s appearance.

      Here’s some more info on this: http://www.ebay.com/gds/Coin-Fake-Detection-1909-S-VDB-Lincoln-Cent-/10000000015293333/g.html

      Thank you for checking us out, Kayla. All the best to you!

      • kayla

        Aw really damm, so it’s rubbish then haha, thank u so much to gettin back to me I appreciate That a lot.

        Sent from my iPad

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          I was sorry to break the bad news, Kayla, but I hope you’ll still keep checking your change! Real rare coins CAN be found!

          All the best!
          -Josh