How Much Is A 1953 Wheat Penny Worth? One Sold For $14,000! See If Your 1953 Penny Is Rare, Valuable, Or An Error Coin

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Have a 1953 wheat penny and want to know its value?

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Some old 1953 pennies are worth big bucks. Others are worth just a few cents. All 1953 wheat pennies are worth at least double their face value!

To find out what your 1953 penny is worth, you need to know a few things about your coin first:

Read on to find out how much your 1953 penny is worth…

Are 1953 Wheat Pennies Rare?

Despite how hard it may be to find 1953 pennies in pocket change (let alone any wheat pennies), these old Lincoln cents are actually common — very common.

More than 1.1 billion 1953 Lincoln cents were made for circulation.

Another 128,800 proof 1953 pennies with special, reflective surfaces and virtually perfect strikes were made specifically for coin collectors.

So, generally speaking, 1953 pennies are not rare. But some 1953 wheat pennies are still worth a lot of money…

How Much Is A 1953 Penny Worth?

The record price for any 1953 penny is $14,100 — which someone paid in 2014 for a super-nice specimen of the coin grading Mint State-67 “Red.” (This means a 1953 cent that has nearly perfect surfaces and its original reddish coppery color.)

Chances are your 1953 penny isn’t worth five figures, but it’s certainly worth more than its face value!

Here are the values of typical, worn 1953 pennies:

  • 1953 penny, no mintmark (made at the Philadelphia Mint) — 4 to 10 cents
  • 1953-D penny (Denver Mint) — 3 to 5 cents
  • 1953-S penny (San Francisco Mint) — 4 to 15 cents

The bottom line… even if your worn 1953 wheat penny has been cleaned or exhibits other signs of damage, it’s worth at least 2 cents — for the value of the copper within the coin’s bronze alloy.

Now… what if you have a nicer 1953 penny? Maybe not a $14,000 specimen, but a nice, uncirculated or proof 1953 penny?

Here are the values of uncirculated 1953 wheat pennies in mint condition:

  • 1953 penny — $1+
  • 1953-D penny — $1+
  • 1953-S penny — $2+
  • 1953 proof penny — $25+

*Values listed above are for problem-free coins grading Mint State-63 and Proof-63, respectively. 

IMPORTANT: Do You Know The Grade Of Your Penny?

To determine the true value of your 1953 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:

A List Of 1953 Wheat Penny Errors To Look For

While there aren’t really any major errors known among 1953 pennies (unlike, say the 1955 doubled die or 1969 doubled die pennies), there are still plenty of 1953 error pennies floating around!

Here are some examples of 1953 wheat penny errors and their approximate values:

1953 Penny Facts & Trivia

There’s some cool stuff to know about 1953 pennies! Here’s fun trivia about these old Lincoln cents:

  • Of the 1.1 billion 1953 pennies minted for circulation, 256,755,000 were made at the Philadelphia Mint, 700,515,000 came from the Denver Mint, and 181,835,000 were struck at the San Francisco Mint.
  • Sculptor Victor David Brenner designed the Lincoln penny in 1909, and his original design with the what ears motif on the “tails side” (reverse) of the penny continued until 1958.
  • Brenner placed his initials “VDB” on the reverse of the Lincoln cent in 1909, but the public thought the letters, placed at the bottom center of the coin near the rim, were too large. So, officials at the United States Mint removed them only a few weeks after the first Lincoln pennies were minted in 1909, making those pennies with the VDB initials very scarce.
  • Brenner’s initials, VDB, reappeared on the penny in 1918 and remain on the coin today. The VDB can be found on the “head’s side” (obverse) under Lincoln’s shoulder.

More Info About Valuable Old Pennies

In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some of our other articles about wheat pennies, including the 1953 wheat penny:

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