1941 Penny Value: What Are 1941 Pennies Worth? Find Out Here

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Did you find a 1941 penny in your pocket change?

1941 penny value - 1941 wheat penny value

You’re probably curious what the current 1941 penny value is.

If you need to find out how much 1941 wheat pennies are worth, you’ve come to the right place!

Read on to find out how many 1941 Lincoln cents were made, what they’re worth today, and whether you should keep them or spend them…

1941 Penny Facts

It’s fairly easy to find 1941 wheat pennies in circulation these days.

More than 1 billion 1941 cents were made. So even today — many decades after they were minted — the 1941 penny still turns up in pocket change.

However, it’s getting scarcer to find old coins like these in circulation as the years go on.

Most 1941 Lincoln cents are pretty well worn and, because so many were made, these heavily circulated pennies aren’t considered very scarce.

In other words, if you have a well-circulated 1941 penny, it’s not really worth very much money. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not valuable or worth keeping.

But, unless you find a 1941 penny with a significant error or other unusual characteristic, it’s not going to pay the mortgage off or take care of your child’s college tuition!

So, is there anything that makes the 1941 wheat penny special? Yes:

  • American history buffs will recall that 1941 pennies were made when the United States entered into World War II.
  • Those who were born in 1941 might consider pennies from that year particularly special as a birth-year coin.
  • Many Lincoln cent coin holders often begin with the 1941 penny for reasons — due largely to the space constraints that come with most 3-panel cardboard coin folders and coin albums.
1941 penny coin holders
1941 penny coin folder

How Much Are 1941 Pennies Worth?

The 1941 penny is considered a common coin in all but the higher uncirculated grades.

Therefore, most worn 1941 Lincoln wheat pennies are worth only a few cents above face value.

Hobbyists have discovered that the 1941-S Lincoln cent was struck with an “S” mintmark in 2 different sizes with the following diagnostics:

  • 1941-S Large Mintmark pennies –The serifed ends of the large mintmark point toward the inside of the “S” mintmark.
  • 1941-S Small Mintmark pennies — The small mintmark exhibits thicker serifs that point away from the “S”

Neither the 1941-S Large Mintmark nor 1941-S Small Mintmark Lincoln wheat cent is considered particularly scarce and are worth approximately the same as each other. The 1941-S Lincoln cent is listed below among the coin values as a single entry.

Here’s a rundown on the value and mintage of the various 1941 pennies:

  • 1941 Lincoln penny — 887,018,000 minted; 5 to 10+ cents
  • 1941 Proof Lincoln penny — 21,100 minted; $40+
  • 1941-D Lincoln penny — 128,700,000 minted; 5 to 10+ cents
  • 1941-S Lincoln penny — 92,360,000 minted; 5 to 10+ cents

*Values above are for 1941 pennies in average circulated condition unless otherwise noted. 

IMPORTANT: Do You Know The Grade Of Your Penny?

To determine the true value of your 1941 penny, you first need to know what condition (or grade) your coin is in.

Grab a coin magnifier and a copy of the U.S. Coin Grading Standards book. Then, watch this video to see how to grade coins yourself at home:

More About Today’s 1941 Penny Value

In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you learn more about your 1941 pennies:

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