Wheat Pennies: The Rarest & Most Valuable Wheat Cents



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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+)

*Values 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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Joshua

I'm the Coin Editor here at TheFunTimesGuide. My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I'm also the editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I've contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I've authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins (many of them with over 50K shares), and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!

619 thoughts on “Wheat Pennies: The Rarest & Most Valuable Wheat Cents

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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?

    1. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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?

    1. 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.

  4. 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

    1. Great finds, Jackie! Check out these posts here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins to find out more about the values of your Lincoln cents:

      *Lincoln Memorial Cent Values: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/lincoln_penny/

      *Scarce Lincoln Wheat Cent Values: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/lincoln_semi_key_coins/

      *Rare Lincoln Wheat Cent Values: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/rare_wheat_pennies/

      Good luck!

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/slabbed_coins/

          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!

    1. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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

  7. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. 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

        1. 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.

    1. 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.

  8. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

      1. 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?

        1. 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.

      2. ..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 [email protected]
        Thanks Joshua

    1. 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.

  10. 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!

    1. 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!

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

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  13. 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?

    1. 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?

  14. 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?

    1. 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.

  15. 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

    1. 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!

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

    1. 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/1943_lincoln_cent/

  17. 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..

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

    1. 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…

  20. 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.

    1. 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/mint_marks_letters_on_coins/

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  22. 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

    1. Hi Adrian,

      I’ll need to see a photo of this to give you a better idea as to value. You can easily post a photo at The Fun Times Guide Coins Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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

    1. Hi Bryian,

      You’ll find some info on 1959-D wheat pennies at the end of this post: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/wheat_penny_error_coins/

    2. Hi Bryian,

      You’ll find some info on 1959-D wheat pennies at the end of this post: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/wheat_penny_error_coins/

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    1. NC,

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

    2. NC,

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

    1. Hi, Lassie —

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

    2. Hi, Lassie —

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

    1. 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: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/lincoln_semi_key_coins/

  25. 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.

    1. 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!

  26. 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?

    1. 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.

  27. 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.

    1. 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.

  28. 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.

    1. 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…

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. 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?

  32. 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.

    1. 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.

  33. 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

    1. 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.

  34. 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

    1. 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.

  35. 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!

    1. 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.

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

    1. Dstovall,

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

  36. 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??  [email protected]

  37. 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??

  38. 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

  39. 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…

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

    1. Gabriel,

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

  41. 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

    1. Suga,

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

  42. 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. ?

    1. 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!

  43. 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.

    1. 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!

    1. Hi, Collin –

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

  44. 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?

    1. 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.

  45. 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.

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

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

    1. 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.

  48. 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!

    1. 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.

  49. 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!

    1. 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!

  50. 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!

  51. 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

    1. 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.

  52. 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?

  53. 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.

    1. 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: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/lincoln_kennedy/

      1. Hey Josh,

        I have a 1941 Wheat Penny, and it is about 1/2 the thickness of a regular penny, and the design looks unfinished on the reverse. Could you tell me the possible value (if any) for this coin? Even if it’s not worth anything it s still cool to have in ny collection! 🙂

        1. Hello,

          Without seeing the coin, it’s tough to say for sure what happened to it, but it has either been affected by an acid dip or the back half was sawn away for a reason we may never know the answer to for sure.

          At any rate, I’m sure it’s a neat-looking coin and I’d definitely keep it just for the sake of novelty.

          Thanks for your question!

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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

    1. 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.

  57. 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??????

    1. Hi, Mozzura –

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

      Thanks for your question!

      1. 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

        1. 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.

  58. 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

    1. Hi, Canyan –

      Your 1944 and 1955 Lincoln cents are each worth around 5 to 10 cents. If you decide to sell them, you’d want to try going to a local coin dealer. Here’s some more info: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin_dealer/

  59. 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?

    1. 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!

  60. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

        1. Hi, Carletta –

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

          Thanks!

  61. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. Hi, Rabin –

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

  62. 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

  63. 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?

    1. Hi, Art –

      Great question. You could sell them blindly to a coin dealer and expect to get an average of 2 to 3 cents for each as a bulk sale. However, if you have the time, I strongly recommend you sort them out and look for the scarcer coins.

      Here are two links that should help:

      7 Rare Lincoln Cents (rarer Lincoln wheat cents): https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/rare_wheat_pennies/

      Semi-Key Lincoln Cents (scarce Lincoln wheat cents): https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/lincoln_semi_key_coins/

      I also think you should check out this search engine of reputable coin dealers. If you sell, only go to one of the dealers listed here: http://www.pngdealers.com/dealersearch.php

      Good luck, and let us know if you find any of the coins listed in the two Lincoln cent posts above!

  64. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  65. 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

    1. Hi, Sharmon –

      A very heavily circulated 1914 Lincoln cent is worth between 20 to 50 cents, and could be sold on eBay or at a coin dealer, if you wish.

      Here’s some more info on coin dealers: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin_dealer/

  66. 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?

    1. Hi, Angel –

      We actually posted an article about these types of pennies before that you may find helpful: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/silver-penny/

  67. 1949 d lincoln wheat used but good condition -appears to have a ‘dot’struck or raised if you will above ‘liberty’… ?

  68. 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

    1. 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.

  69. 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

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

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

      1. 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.

  70. 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.

    1. 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!

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

  71. 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)

    1. 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!

  72. 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?

    1. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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

      1. 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?

        1. 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.

  75. 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.

    1. 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.

  76. 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

    1. 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!

    2. 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!

    1. 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.

  77. 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

    1. 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!

  78. 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?

    1. 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!

  79. {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

  80. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. 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

        1. 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

  81. I bought a box of pennys from the bank several years ago and I found several rolls from the mint that have lincoln head on one side and totally blank on the other side I gave a few rolls away to a friend that collects doing but kept two for myself anyone know how something like this would be worth. I have not opened the roll on mine did on his and the whole roll was like that mine I just saw the front of the roll with lincoln head and the back of the roll with no markings at all any ideas?

    1. Hi, R. Crawford,

      If possible may we see an image of both ends of the rolls to make a better determination?

      Thank you!

      1. here is the shot, I did not want to break the roll because the others are uncirculated…I have opened a few rolls already and the fronts are there but none of the backs are there. I have given a few rolls away to friends but kept two for myself….any info would be great if the pics aren’t clear I’ll re-take….thnxs

        1. Hello R,

          Thanks for the great photos. Its bizarre that you would have had more than one or two blank coins in a group of rolls. I think you may want to take this to a coin dealer and see if they can inspect the roll. It’s possible that you wound up obtaining a few rolls with several blank planchets. Each blank coin would be worth around $3 to $5, but it’s hard to say how many these rolls may contain.

          If this is what I think it may be, nice finds!

          Thanks again for the images.

  82. can anyone suggest another site that they have used in the past to get info on coins…Im looking for someone who can give me info on penny’s that have lincoln head on the front and nothing stamped on the back of the coin….any suggestions would be appreciated…..

    1. Hello R,

      Unless the pieces inside the rolls have been inspected, it’s difficult to say exactly what you have. If you open the rolls up and find that the some of those 2000-dated pennies are perfectly struck on both sides and others are completely blank, those blank ones are worth about $3 to $5 each.

      However, if you find out that indeed some of your pennies were only struck on the obverse but not the reverse then you’re dealing with a much rarer breed of error coin – an in-collar uniface strike. Basically, two coin planchets (unstruck blanks) were stacked on top of one another when the dies struck the coins – one of those pieces received Lincoln’s obverse image, the other the reverse Lincoln Memorial design.

      So, once we find out what the coins actually look like when the rolls are opened we can learn a lot more about what is going on.

      I hope this helps you!

      Thanks for your questions,
      Joshua

  83. I found an error coin that I can’t find ANY information on. It’s a 1924-D Wheat Penny with, the D over 9. Has this been documented before? If so, what is the value?

  84. I was wondering about the value of a 1955 Lincoln wheat penny that i found. It isn’t the double stamp kind but the ‘L’ in Liberty in blended in with the outer rim as in the picture attached

      1. Hello,

        Thanks for the great photo. This is a very common type of issue with older Lincoln cents and can be caused by die damage, die variations, and wear (which can blend the tops or sides of lettering into the nearby rim).

        This particular issue does not add any value to your penny, which is worth about 5 cents in this grade.

        Thanks for your question!

  85. I have a very dark 1946 wheat penny..there is a metal ‘hook or thorn’ which almosts joins the N to the E in CENTS. Would this count as an error count and be of any value??

    1. Hello, RMikels,

      May we see a photo of your 1946 wheat cent in question to determine if the metal hook is a due to a mint error or something else?

      Thank you!

  86. I know it is cruddy but being that I dug this while metal detecting 20 years ago…..
    I do not find any listings of a 1939 with the 9 over a 6, which this appears to be. Thoughts?

  87. One of my buddies came to me last year with a 1942-D wheat cent which was somewhat rough but about vg condition. He was all excited and i thought its just a common wheat cent until i put it under magnification. To me it looked liked a 1942, but upon further examination it was a 1942-D, but the mintmark was not under the 4 in the date as its suppose to be, but rather it was stamped above the date!!! We took it to the F.U.N. show as i go every year and know most dealers. From the auction house to over 60 dealers including the company selling the high magnification with camera, they brought it to 400% and many of the dealers that followed us there to see it where shocked to see the mintmark above instead of below. The company asked to take several picks to keep as we sent picks to the Denver mint and treasury dep. to find out how this could have happened and why. Since they have to check records from each shift all through 1942 at the Denver mint. Its going to take awhile. Its just like the 5 1959-D wheat cents discovered. You never know what you’ll find!

    1. Floydandfriends did you get any response on your 1942 Wheat cent. I have 1942 where the date is very odd the 1 the 4 & the 2 are all the same size except the 9. I took pictures where I can zoom in and you can see it. Do you know if this penny is worth anything being that it’s rare

      1. It was sent to the Denver mint and to be verified by the Treasury dept. They have to check each sift from each day the whole 1942 year.

  88. Hey Josh, I have found a 1943 steel wheat penny. Its mint condition and has a cud error on the side, slightly cutting off the L in Liberty. Can you tell me what its worth.

    1. Hey, Jason –

      Without seeing an image of the coin and how severe the cud I can’t provide a certain value, but I can say that more spectacular cud errors usually go for $50 and up.

      I hope this helps some. Please feel free to follow up with an image if you wish!

      Thanks!

  89. Hey Josh,

    I have a 1941 Wheat Penny, and it is about 1/2 the thickness of a regular penny, (basically paper thin!) and the design looks like it might be unfinished on the reverse? Could you tell me the possible value (if any) for this coin? Even if it’s not worth anything it’s still cool to have in my collection! 🙂 I tried taking a photo but it was not very clear. However, I could take one comparing the thickness.

    1. I have the same coin. The lip of the cud is totally missing and the lettering on the back seems a bit streaked away from it any ideas?

  90. I have a 1935 Lincoln Head Penny with no origin stamp totally blank on the back does anybody know what this is worth?

  91. If anyone can help Brinny and I out it would be much appreciated. The coin is super thin and the outer edge (lip)Is completely gone but all the details front and back look perfect except for the streaks going away from the writing on the back. I held it up to a regular penny for scale. Its diameter Is less than a penny and a bit bigger than a dime. Thank you

    1. Hi, Davere –

      From what I can tell in the photos, that coin looks like it was subjected to an acid bath. Apparently, there was a period of time when it became an en vogue experiment to drop coins — especially pennies — into acid to see the scientific reaction. Best I can tell given the thin size and porosity of the surface, that’s what I believe happened to your coin.

      Thanks for your question!

    1. Hello, Katrina –

      Your 1919 Lincoln cent has a value of about 20 cents while the 1930 is worth 10 cents (assuming both of these coins exhibit a pretty strong degree of wear).

      Thanks for your question!

  92. here are a list of Pennies I have….
    1947 d (x2)
    1945 no mint
    1962 no mint
    1946 S
    1955 D
    1953 D
    1971 D
    1956 D (x3)
    1919 no mint
    1958 no mint (x2)
    1940 no min
    1984 D
    1951 S
    1948 S
    1951 no mint
    1930 no mint
    1958 D
    1957 D
    1947 S
    1941 S
    1952 D
    1947 no mint
    1944 D (x2)
    1946 no mint
    I also have a 1996 urraca coin I have no clue what is. it says republica de panama (un centesimo de balboa)?

    1. Hello, Guest –

      I copied and pasted your list below with approximate values for each coin; values are based on the assumption that the coins have a typical amount of wear in each instance.

      1947 d (x2) — 5 cents each
      1945 no mint — 3 cents
      1962 no mint — 1 cent
      1946 S — 5 cents
      1955 D — 5 cents
      1953 D — 5 cents
      1971 D — 1 cent
      1956 D (x3) — 3 cents each
      1919 no mint — 20 cents
      1958 no mint (x2) — 3 cents each
      1940 no min — 5 cents
      1984 D — 1 cent
      1951 S — 5 cents
      1948 S — 10 cents
      1951 no mint — 5 cents
      1930 no mint — 10 cents
      1958 D — 3 cents
      1957 D — 3 cents
      1947 S — 10 cents
      1941 S — 10 cents
      1952 D — 5 cents
      1947 no mint — 5 cents
      1944 D (x2) — 5 cents
      1946 no mint — 5 cents
      I also have a 1996 urraca coin I have no clue what is. it says republica de panama (un centesimo de balboa)? — This is a Panamanian coin with an equivalent value of 1 cent, but U.S. collectors regard these coins more as a novelty here and these coins usually are worth 5 to 10 cents.

      Thank you for your coin values question!

  93. When looking through a bunch of wheat pennies, we found a 1941 penny that looks like it has an extra one in front of the 1941 so it reads like this: 11941. We looked under a microscope and it looks very similar to the one that is after it (maybe a tad thicker. I don’t have a picture of it as we found it late this evening, but has anyone heard of this happening? Any value in the penny? TIA

  94. i have a 1914 no letter wheat penny, thing is most of the detail is missing, the edges are squished a little and the back side is also missing detail and the word AMERICA the first “A” is half printed. and is circulated.

    1. Hello, Knuckles –

      A circulated 1914 (Philadelphia mint) penny is worth around 20 cents if well worn.

      Thanks for your question!

    1. Hello, Russ —

      From what I can see in the photos, it looks like this coin has some long-ago, severe rim damage that appears to be post-mint.

      Thanks for your question!
      -Josh

    2. I just found one very similar to this. Its on 3 spots around the edge. Front and back. I think to upload pictures but its not uploading. don’t think it’s post mint. Did you ever get any more info on yours?

  95. Could you lead me in the direction of collectors who collect rare pennies that aren’t mint mistakes but are worn out in very unusual ways? Is there such a group? My friend found a crazy looking penny where Lincoln looks like a skeleton and there are bizarre faces in it. I’ve never seen anything like it but I know nothing of coins, etc. I appreciate your help ahead of time.

  96. Thank you. It’s not just worn down thought its worn his face into a skull. Heres a pic. It may still be worth little but its tippy nonetheless. Any further thoughts or help?

    Thank you!
    Mauri

  97. Thank you. It’s not just worn down though its worn his face into a skull. It may still be worth nothing but its trippy nonetheless. Any further ideas or suggestions?

    Thank you!
    Mauri

    1. Hello, Mauri —

      Now I see what’s going on — it looks like your penny was dropped in acid, and the chemical(s) mutilated the upper surface of the coin, creating the porous look.

      Thanks for your question and the pic!

  98. I have a 1956 penny that has nothing stamped on the back but still the same width as another 1956 penny I have that is stamped on the back. Is this worth anything?

    1. Hello, Snookie —

      It sounds like this may be a novelty coin, where the back was removed from the coin. These types of pieces are basically impossible as coin errors, but are commonly encountered as altered coins that were re-made for illusionists to use as “trick” coins.

      I hope this helps!
      -Josh

    1. Great photo, Snookie. Yes, this appears to have been altered, as the reverse surface is lighter than the heads side and has groove marks on it.

      Thank you for your question,
      -Josh

  99. i find this cent, it is a 1937 i would like to know if it is a good one, it is a little heavy. i dont know if someone can buy it .

  100. I have this penny I found.. any info on it by chance? Value? I’ve never seen one that looks like it.. Almost has a gold tint to it that I couldn’t quite capture with the camera.

    1. Hello, Tanya –

      Without seeing the coin in person and examining it under the proper light and at different angles, it appears that this coin may have been whizzed (an abrasive form of cleaning). I’m not positive, though, without, again, viewing the coin in-hand.

      Thank you for your question,
      Josh

  101. I have a 1955 D wheat penny snd on the front right next to lincolns mouth there appears to be a small wheat stalk. Just one with 2 leaves.. it’s not the special 1955 pennies but it is interesting. Wondering if anyone has seen this before and if it is worth anything

    1. Hello, Jeryn —

      Would you mind posting a photo of your coin here in the comments section, please?

      Thank you!

  102. I have a BOOK of wheat penny’s from 1941 to 1965 with no mint, D, and S. on every dated penny and another with just a few dating from 1909 to 39s. would like to get some info on it if i could. No i have no copper 1943s. I WISH I DID.

    1. Hello, Patrick —

      It sounds like you have a nice collection of Lincoln wheat and early Lincoln Memorial cents. For the most part, the coins dated from 1941 through 1958 are worth 5 to 10 cents each. The Lincoln Memorial cents have a collector value of 1 cent each, but because they contain copper, they have a metallic/bullion value of roughly 3 cents each.

      As for the 1909 through 1939 Lincoln cents, you may have some there of greater value. Here’s a list of Lincoln cent values you may find useful for those earlier pieces.

  103. Hola john tengo varios centavo 1947 y en la parte de atras dise one cent tengo. 1959D con una letra pequeña D tengo otros 1964,1965

  104. I work at a gas station and someone just gave me two rolls of wheat pennies, I didn’t get a chance to look at them really good yet. The first one I looked at in said 1942 and the second was 1952. I’m not exactly sure what they are worth but I’m interested in finding out.

  105. I have 1903 Indian Head penny and it appears that the ‘P’ mint mark is spaced slightly away from the Indian’s nose. I haven’t been able to find any info.

    1. Hello, Rosie —

      Given that the first “P” mintmark didn’t appear on U.S. coinage until 1942, it sounds like your coin may have a coin with a post-mint inscription (such as someone’s initial).

      I hope this helps,
      Josh

  106. I’m actually very young and have collected wheat pennies for over a year now. I wanting to know if the pennies shown in this post are actual errors…
    Thank You

    1. Hello, CSpicer —

      So great to hear you’re actively involved in the hobby and seem to be enjoying it! From what I can tell in the photos, the top coin (1992) appears to have surface staining from another one-cent coin that had been stacked askew on top of the obverse.

      The second coin, which appears to be a 1972-S (?) has a very weak “LI” in LIBERTY, and that is due to a what appears to be a weak strike. Such coins can have slight value over face (from 25 cents to $1, often.) About this piece, I’d be curious what about the mintmark appears (“weird”) as labeled on the 2X2. The glare appears over the mintmark so I can’t tell.

      The third piece (1994) has heavy toning and the fourth piece (1984-D) has some of its copper coating worn away, exposing the zinc core within.

      Great question! Thanks for checking in, and please let us know if you need help with anything else.

      Happy collecting!
      Josh

      1. Thank You! I have recently went to a coin store and gotten 500 wheat pennies that are all 1950’s and was said to have been unchecked. It wasn’t all horrible though… I have found a couple of coins after all of it and will be posting pictures on here soon!

  107. I also have more than 2100 wheat pennies to sell… ranging from 1910-1958, more than 3 rolls of all San Francisco and good amounts of 1910-1939 rolls, but a lot of 40’s and 50’s. Not many steels though… And I’m 13 years old!

  108. Wheats I’m looking for are ranging from 1909 to 1933, but the only year I don’t have at least one wheat penny is 1922

  109. Roll hunting: found a circulated 1982 (no P) dime . Is this a keeper or spend? Any easy way to determine if it was produced at the Philly mint?

    1. It’s a keeper, MGC! It’s worth anywhere from $50 to $100 or more based on how worn it is. Thanks for sharing your the news of your incredible find with us.

    1. Hello, Tessie —

      Would you please submit a photo of your coin? It sounds like it may be a die break causing the “1” to look reversed, but I’m not sure without seeing an image to verify.

      Thanks!
      Josh

      1. Hello, Stephen —

        1959 to 1981 Lincoln Memorial cents are made mostly of copper, which is an increasingly valuable metal. Some 1982 Lincoln cents also contain this mostly metal composition, but these can only be determined by weighing the coins (the copper 1982 pennies weigh 3.11 grams versus 2.50 grams for the less value copper-plated-zinc pennies).

        Copper pennies are worth around 2.5 to 3 cents each. The caveat, however, is that it is currently illegal to melt pennies for bullion content. Many are still hoarding these earlier Lincoln Memorial pennies anyway should the ban be lifted.

  110. I have a coin that has a 1937 liberty Indian nickel on the front and has the one cent weat on the back with the words E PLURIBUS UNUM on the back is this worth anything or is it fake ?

    1. Hello, Rocio —

      This is a fantasy mule coin that was made by pairing those two coins together. While fake, it is still an interesting novelty coin and might be worth $1 to $2 to those interested in collecting such altered coins.

      Thanks for your question!
      Josh

  111. I have several error coins I’m trying to sort through. I have an 1890 Indian Head Penny with the 9 in the date looks like it’s been stamped over an 8 but it’s missing part of the number. Hard to describe. I also have a 1906 that looks like a fold over error and possibly triple struck. And also a 1908 S and the error in this one, oddly enough, looks like there is a 1 stamped beside the 8 (19081) and the S on the back is difficult to see but with a regular magnifying glass it’s still perfectly visible. I will post pics of them soon. What would those types of errors be worth? Thank you

    1. Hello, Brooke —

      These sound like some awesome error/variety coins you have there! I’ll definitely keep on the lookout for pics, which will help me better determine values for you.

      Best,
      Josh

    1. Hello, Linda –

      What you have is a type of novelty coin that was probably struck as a conversation piece or, more likely, an illusionist’s coin. Here’s more info on these types of novelty coins: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/tokens/

      Best,
      Josh

  112. Hi, my name is Steph, I have (4) wheat pennies the dates are 1926, 1939, 1941, 1944, non of them have the “D” mark under the date is there any value to them? I did the magnet trick and none of them stuck, saw that somewhere, I also have a(2) 1944 dimes with the ladies head on front. I am looking for an honest answer as I am currently in need of $$$$

    1. Hello, Steph —

      The approximate values of your coins (assuming they are in typical, worn condition) are as follows:

      *1926 Lincoln cent – 5 to 10 cents
      *1939 Lincoln cent – 3 to 5 cents
      *1941 Lincoln cent – 3 to 5 cents
      *1944 Lincoln cent – 3 to 5 cents
      *1944 Mercury dimes – $2.50 to $3 each

      I hope this helps.

      Best,
      Josh

        1. Hello, Catalina —

          The 2000 Lincoln cent appears to have been damaged by an acid bath. While this looks pretty visually odd, it’s still worth face value.

          The 1892 Indian Head cent appears to have signs of corrosion also, but is worth about 50 cents.

          The 1968-D Lincoln cent appears uncirculated and should be worth about 5 to 8 cents. The 1930-D Lincoln cent is also worth about the same.

          The 1974-D Lincoln cent is worn and technically worth face value, but I still advise all people to hang onto their pre-1982 Lincoln cents because of their copper value; it’s presently illegal to melt U.S. one-cent coin for their copper, but they have a “bullion” value of around 2.5 to 3 cents and are being held aside.

          I hope this helps!
          Joshua @ TheFunTimesGuide

  113. Hello, I have a 1946 wheat penny and in the 1946 date , the 4 is turned sideways. I have never heard of an error like that. Is that a common thing?

    1. Hi, Chana —

      Would you please post a photo of this most unusual-sounding variety?

      Thank you,
      Josh

  114. Hello I have 1906 Great Britain green penny Edward VII, very unusual colour and it smooth like a jade stone. I am just wondering if this is a common coin?.

  115. Hello,

    I was going through some of my dad’s old coins and found a 1939 wheat penny with a V (like the roman numeral) and a few small t’s imprinted im the coin (sunken, not raised). Was just wondering if this is an error coin or otherwise altered.

    Thanks!

    1. Hello, Ryan —

      You guessed correctly in that this coin was altered. While the “V” could stand for just about anything, this counterstamp is likely from a business that used the coin as a type of token or souvenir. These novelty coins often sell for anywhere between 25 cents and $1.

      Thanks for your question,
      Josh

  116. Hi. Joseph here. I found this 1923 wheat penny with what looks like scratches on the front, but does not appear to have grooves. Could this be a die error of some sort, or is it worthless? By the way. There are also no groves on the rim. Hopefully they are large enough for you to see.

    1. Hi, Joseph —

      Occasionally, raised lines are formed on coins at the mint, and most of those are called die breaks. However, it appears that the lines on the 1923 Lincoln cent are incuse, or grooved into the coin.

      Your coin isn’t worthless, though. It’s still valued at 5 to 10 cents due to its age and scarceness.

    1. Hi, Nancy —

      Possibly, but it would depend why the last two digits are missing. Would you mind posting a photo of your coin here in this forum, please?

      Thanks!
      Josh

  117. Hi,my dad gave me his coin collection,as I was going threw the thousands of coins I found a weird penny it’s only half a penny no front super thin has sides and silver in the middle he said it was in a roll of pennies he got years ago it was really weird so he just threw it in the box of odd coins what the heck is it ?thank

  118. I also have a 1951 wheat penny that is messed up on the back and the front it’s also different colors and it appears that another letter stamped on the n in cent on the back looks like a c I

    1. Hi, RD —

      Outside of weighing each of your coins – brass 1982 cents weigh 3.11 grams and zinc-based ones merely 2.5 grams, the best way “quick” way to divide your 1982 cents is to lightly drop them on a hard surface (something I don’t usually recommend doing to coins). Zinc cents thud after they drop, whereas you’ll hear a light ring from the brass cents.

      Good luck!
      Josh

  119. I found a wheat cent metal detecting. It appears to be bronze not copper can i upload a pic

    1. Hi, Clifford —

      Technically, old wheat pennies contain copper but aren’t defined as having a copper composition. They’re normally either brass or bronze, based on the year. What year is your penny, sir?

  120. here it is copper pennies do not come out of the ground like this.Zinc will steel will but not copper.I have dug thousands of wheat cents and never saw one like this

    1. Hi, Clifford —

      Here’s a breakdown of metallic compositions for Lincoln wheat cents (those that weren’t accidentally struck on a silver dime blank, which rarely, but did, happen):

      1909-1942 – bronze (95% copper, 5% tin and zinc)
      1943 – zinc-coated steel
      1944-1946 – brass (95% copper, 5% zinc)
      1947-1958 – bronze (95% copper, 5% tin and zinc)

      I hope this helps!
      Josh

  121. I have a 1937 wheat penny and the wheat symbol is upside down, is there any significance? please and thank you

    1. Hi, Yadira —

      A typical U.S. coin rotation shows each side at 180 degree reverses of each other, unless you mean that both sides face “up” simultaneously?

      A regular 1937 Lincoln cent in worn condition is worth about 10 cents.

      Best,
      Josh

  122. I have a bunch of pennies ranging from 1914 to 1958 would any one possibly have value if yes what do I look for to know I have two 1943 but stick to magnets and I have a bunch that look as if their corroded with acid can’t see years and barely a face I have a 1923 buffalo indian head nickle and a bunch of very old coins from Panama ussr Canada and few more

    1. Hi, Chino —

      Let’s start with the Lincoln cents. Most Lincoln wheat cents, especially those made after 1933, are worth 5 to 10 cents each.

      Here’s a list of the more valuable Lincoln cents: https://www.facebook.com/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins/posts/10152816800799110

      A 1923 Buffalo nickel is worth around $2.50 in well-worn condition and about $7 and up if it has an “S” mintmark.

      Panama, USSR, and Canada coins all have value here in the U.S. as foreign coins, but I’d need to know the denominations and dates to even begin circling in on values.

      Good luck!
      Josh

    1. Hi, Chino —

      As a rule, you can assume all Canadian cents and dimes to be worth at least 3 to 5 cents more here in the U.S. as collectible foreign coins.

      Older dates and silver dimes are worth much more, based on the year.

      Best,
      Josh

  123. Hi, I have a 1916 wheat penny with the center punched out perfectly round and it fits in place with a taper, is this an error coin ?

    1. Hi, Gerry —

      This is a very helpful set of photos, thank you. This is certainly post-mint damage of some type. It looks like it may have placed in some type of vice.

      Thanks for checking with us,
      Josh

    1. Hi, Jeryn —

      Nice find! Your 1910 Lincoln cent, if well worn, is worth 25 to 50 cents.

      Best,
      Josh

  124. I have either a 1909 or 1919 wheat penny it’s hard to tell but on the back there is an error. It says “Umited States Of America” an M instead of an N

    1. Hi, Brittany —

      This certainly looks weird, but it appears to be a post-mint alteration based on the way the metal appears manipulated around the “U’M’I”.

      Thank you so much for the neat photo and your time!

      All the best,
      Josh

  125. Hi, I just left a local shop to ask about my 1930 wheat penny.
    It has unusual markings on it.
    The man said it was worthless, that someone must have been bored one day, and damaged it.
    He said he would give me a dollar for it.
    I told him I wasn’t interested in selling it, I just wanted to know about the bumps.
    He repeated what he said, and then kept trying to convince me to sell it to him for a dollar.
    Which bothered me. So I took my coin and left.
    I honesty don’t see how anyone got bored one day and did this, but it’s been in my fathers cigar box for as long as I could remember, with other really old coins.
    Any help about the coin would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Hi, Kristin!

      Wow, what an eye opener for sure. While I can’t say exactly who did this or what their intentions are, what I can tell you is that the abnormalities on the coin are not of U.S. Mint origin. From the punctures on the obverse (“head’s” side), I would submit that somebody took some type of hole punching tool and hammered it across the obverse. When that happened, it would have pushed the metal upwards on the reverse (“tail’s” side) and thus created the bulging metal/bumps. From that point on, the coin appears to have been submerged in some type of bath (probably a vinegar and baking soda wash), giving the coin the unusual bright/brassy mottling.

      While this coin would have more value as a novelty piece than as a numismatic rarity (since 1930 Lincoln cent’s aren’t particularly scarce), I would suggest keeping this since the value it provides you as a momento of your dad is far greater than what a coin dealer would pay for it.

      I hope this provides some insight on your unique-looking coin!

      Thank you for checking here.

      All the best,
      Josh

  126. Hi Josh, I came across a 1964 penny and on the heads side, above the date, there is ‘000’ indented (sideways) is this a mint error or do you think this happened after it was minted?

    1. Hi, Kevin —

      This is definitely a post-mint counterstamp. While it’s anyone’s guess what the digits mean, such a piece would perhaps have nominal value as a novelty coin.

      Thanks for checking in!
      Josh

    1. Ah! Yes, as I mentioned in the previous reply about this, some of these altered coins do have minor value as novelty pieces. They are normally worth anywhere between 25 cents and $1.

      Best,
      Josh

  127. Hi… I just found a 1941 copper wheat penny that isn’t marked with any letters like the P and D coins are today. Its in good condition. Can you tell me if its worth anything?

  128. hi, i have a 1909 wheat penny with no mint mark. on the back it has a small raised bump on the bottom edge, but unfortunately no VDB is it worth anything? i thank you for your opinion, sincerely, rhonda m.

    1. Hello, Rhonda —

      Hmm.. the small bump sounds like it may be post-mint damage. Still, even if it is a well-worn, lightly damaged 1909 Philadelphia, no-VDB cent, it’s still worth $1 to $2.

      Best,
      Josh

      1. hi joshua, i do have another question about this: how can a coin be damaged so as to add material to the coin (like the raised bump on the back rim of my coin) is it a possible die error?

        sorry if this is a stupid question. thank you very much for your time.

        sincerely,

        rhonda mcmahan

        1. Hi, Rhonda —

          I don’t think there are any stupid questions! While I have seen small, post-mint bumps caused by a number of things, (gouges or damage to the other side of the coin, metal melted onto the coin, field [surface] manipulation/alteration, etc.), it’s possible it could be a die error. The only way I can tell for sure if it is, say a die cud (which would be a typical die error involving the rim), would be for me to check out a photo. Please feel free to upload one here!

          Thank you!
          Josh

      2. hi josh i thought i did upload a picture of it my bad. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/24aaff6839aafb1f602cffcfcb4e43c66d1a4d0089fbe6464b2e1f08daa4ac12.jpg

        1. Hello, Rhonda —

          Thank you for uploading your photos. While it appears that your coin has unfortunately been cleaned sometime in the past, it retains a lot of nice surface detail. I can’t see any signs of the “VDB” designer initials near the base of the reverse rim at the 6 o’ clock position, but this is a nice Philadelphia piece nevertheless. I would still say its value is roughly $2, perhaps $3.

          Best,
          Josh

  129. Hi Josh, here is another I just found and thought Id show it to you to see if you have any thoughts on it.
    It is a 1909 wheat penny however it is a lot smaller than any other wheat penny Ive seen. it fits inside a regular wheat penny. I weighed it and it only weighs 2.6 g
    Could you let me know what you think?
    Thank you
    Kevin

    1. Ooh, Kevin —

      This poor 1909 Lincoln cent has seen a lot during its time. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s been scrapped up pretty badly, which would owe to the coin’s small diameter. While this piece is in pretty rough shape, it’s still worth 25 to 50 cents.

      Best,
      Josh

  130. I have a 1955 D wheat penny,alittle rough looking but is it worth anything. Cant really tell if its dbl die.also have another 1955 wheat.goid condition but no letter

    1. Hi, Angie —

      Your 1955-D Lincoln cent would not be a doubled die since that variety wasn’t made at the Denver (D) mint. Your 1955 Lincoln cent without the mintmark could possibly be a doubled die, though I can’t say for certain without seeing a photo of your coin. Your 1943 steel cent is worth 10 to 25 cents.

      Thanks for your questions!
      Josh

    1. Hi, Victoria —

      They are worth more than face value. In fact, the 1946 plain (Philadelphia Mint) pennies are worth 2 to 5 cents each and the 1946-S have a value of 3 to 10 cents each.

      Best,
      Josh

  131. I found a 1937 penny. I been search a little about it but prices go up and down. Can someone tell me what it’s really worth?

    1. Hi, April —

      It can be hard to find the values of a coin online, because I know some sites give values for “perfect” coins, which can get falsely get a lot of readers’ hopes up. If you found your 1937 Lincoln cent in pocket change, that means its worn, and has a value of somewhere between 3 and 10 cents. This is a conservative value, and its possible your piece is worth more if its in higher-grading condition; coin values are based largely on their condition-based “grade.”

      Best,
      Josh

    1. Hi, John —

      Yes, your 1937 Lincoln wheat cent is worth more than one cent. It depends what “perfect” condition means, but if it has any signs of wear, it’s worth between 8 and 15 cents.

      I’d definitely hang onto that coin as a memento of your grandfather!
      Josh

    1. Hi, Jim —

      I’ll need to please see a photo to help determine what you may have and provide an estimated value.

      Thank you!
      Josh

  132. I found a 1951 wheat penny with a hole in it ? I was just curious as to if its something someone did or worth something

    1. Hi, Renee —

      The hole in your 1951 Lincoln cent is post mint damage and the coin would in this case be worth face value.

      Your other coins are more valuable though. Here’s a rundown on estimated values assuming each piece to have typical circulation wear:

      1902 Indian cent: $1 to $3
      1911 Liberty Head nickel: $1 to $3
      1928 Buffalo nickel: 75 cents to $1.50
      1927 Mercury dime: $2 to $3

      Best,
      Josh

  133. I have a 1916 penny, D with the word Liberty having the L going into the border. Is thisanything special worth holding onto / trying to sell?

    1. Hi, Danielle —

      This is a fairly common minting anomaly with early Lincoln cents. The value of the coin is approximately 50 cents to $1 if worn.

      Best,
      Josh

    1. Indeed, Pat! Not by much, but it IS worth more. A typical 1937 Lincoln wheat cent with an average amount of wear for its age is worth 5 to 10 cents.

      Nice find!
      Josh

    1. It is, Sean! A worn 1949 Lincoln cent is worth 5 to 10 cents — not much, but certainly more than once cent!

      Best,
      Josh

  134. I have rolls of pennies in 1920, 1930, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940-s and also 50 1919 pennies. Is there any value here?

    1. Hi, Stephanie —

      The 1919 and 1920 Lincoln cents are worth 10-20 cents each while the rest are worth 5-10 cents each, assuming all exhibit average wear.

      Best,
      Josh

  135. Hello, first I apologize for my lack of knowledge of coins, but I have searched and searched the internet for a coin I have and I cannot find a thing about it! It is a 1911 Lincoln penny but the back side of it is entirely smooth (as in no image is apparent at all)!! Is this an altered coin? I find no reference of it being a sought-after coin due to this anomaly (if it really is one). Thanks so much in advance for any help!! Cheers!

    1. Hello, Marie!

      Welcome! A photo of your coin will help me determine if either your coin was significantly worn down or altered (perhaps sanded or otherwise machined).

      I look forward to seeing a photo of your interesting piece and assisting further!

      Best,
      Josh

        1. Hi, Marie —

          As can be seen from the rounded edges on the reverse, this coin was abrasively polished perhaps by a sanding device, though it was done many years ago as the surfaces on all sides of the coin appear uniformly chocolate brown in color.

          This is a very neat oddity; while not a Mint error nor valuable (perhaps 20-50 cents), it is worthy of keeping.

          Thank you for these great photos!
          Josh

          1. Thank you so much for your time and knowledge! I’ll definitely hang on to this unique penny!

  136. Hi Joshua! I found an 1903 Indian Head penny but on the back the One Cent is printed backwards, Im an attaching a picture of it. Do you think its worth anything? Sorry for the bad photo, my cell phone doesnt take good pictures

      1. Hi, Veronica —

        If the coin is flipped over, left to right, from this orientation, is the Indian Head facing upright? If so, then the coin is actually normal — virtually all U.S. coins are minted with the obverse (head’s side) and reverse (tail’s) facing opposite directions.

        Your coin, by the way, is worth $2 to $3 — neat find!

        Best,
        Josh

    1. Hi, Great —

      There were no proof Lincoln cents made in 1949, so in this case it is not a proof piece. Your coin is still worth 5 to 10 cents.

      Best,
      Josh

        1. Hi, Great —

          All Lincoln cents made since 1909 are pretty popular in general. Here’s more info on those coins: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/valuable-pennies/

          Best,
          Josh

        1. Hi, Great —

          Which ones are you asking about? Did I miss something? I think I answered the questions for every coin listed in this thread but please let me know if something slipped by!

          Thank you,
          Josh

  137. Hi Josh, I like your site. I am doing inventory of items from wife’s dad’s estate. Her Grandpa was vice president of Crocker First National Bank of San Francisco. I found 7 rolls of 1955S and one roll of 1947S pennies, along with 4 rolls of 1955S dimes and 4 rolls of 1954S quarters, supposedly fresh from the SF mint. I did open the 47 penny roll just enough to see if there was a 47 behind it and there is.
    Any idea what I am looking as far as value?
    Thank you very much for your time,
    Steve

    1. Hello, Steve —

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I must say, this is a very exciting find. Based on the photos, these indeed appear to be original bankrolls from the era. It is very possible that the quarter rolls could be worth $350 to $450 each, and much more if they yield many gem-quality specimens.

      The 1955-S dime rolls could would range from $125 to $175 and up each; the 1947-S and 1955-S Lincoln cent rolls could go for perhaps $65 (low end) to $150 or more, based on the average condition of the uncirculated coins within.

      What you have, really, would probably be best sold to a dealer who specializes in buying and selling modern-era mint state U.S. coins. Or, if you’re looking for maximum value (but have some money to send coins to a third-party coin grading service), carefully pick through the rolls (with gloved hands) and select two or three of the nicest coins from each roll and submit them for certification to see if they come back with outstanding grades (such as MS-66, MS-67, or even higher).

      If you sell the coins as a group, you’ll likely get more if they stay as they are in their wrappers rather than if they are all sold as a grouping of loose coins. However, the potential — and I stress “potential” only — could be far greater if a decent fraction of those coins are of exceptional quality.

      The choice is yours, and opening the rolls could be quite a gamble to take — it would only be financially advantageous to do so if the coins are truly above average and you intend to certify a few of the best specimens from each roll. At any rate, if these rolls are all sold as they are, right now (and they are bank-wrapped uncirculated coins) they should safely net at the very minimum $1,500, but I think more is easily deserved for a nice grouping such as this of mint state coins in original rolls.

      Do bear in mind, provenance is extremely important in selling coins. The fact that these rolls can be traced right back to the vice president of the bank should help this lot do very well. While the story should be adequate, if you can somehow show proof of the individual who had these rolls, that could be quite beneficial to you in getting the maximum amount for these rolls.

      Please check these links out before you sell:

      PNG List of Coin Dealers (these are some of the best in the country): https://png.memberclicks.net/find-a-png-dealer

      5 Surefire Tips to Find a Good Coin Dealer: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin_dealer/

      Third-Party Coin Grading Companies: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/slabbed_coins/

      Best of luck!
      Josh

      1. Good day Josh, Thank you very much for your time in giving me such thorough advice. It looks like I have some more work cut out for me in doing some more research and make sure i do the right thing. I do hesitate to open the wrappers, but I may open one of each and see what they look like. I will let you know what happens.
        Thanks again for your time,
        Steve

        1. You’re most welcome, Steve. I definitely think you have some significant money on your hands with these coins, but I urge you to be cautious. You might find it wise to “shop the coins around” to various major coin dealers in your area before settling on one pricewise.

          Again, here’s a searchable list of some of the nation’s most renowned coin dealers: https://png.memberclicks.net/find-a-png-dealer

          Good luck… and please feel free to share here what you find out!

          Best,
          Josh

  138. i have this 1934 wheat penny. missing e in the word we. its not rubbed off. the penny is in very good condition. as you notice all crisp along with the penny. i went to several sights. no body has answer. does the treasurer dept know? i believe this penny is very rare and its for sale. How much is it worth? i don’t know. would anyone out there know about this penny or a sight i can go to .

    1. Hi, Brasherguy —

      For a piece like this, please post a photo so I can assist.

      Thank you,
      Josh

  139. Hi, Brasherguy —

    Thank you for the great shot. There doesn’t appear to be any alteration to this part of the coin based on blowups of the image, so my best guess is that this was caused by a filled die — essentially, grease or another foreign matter was wedged inside the “E” part of “WE” and thus did not strike up correctly.

    These types of errors are usually worth around $5 to $10 among collectors who specialize in die errors and die varieties.

    Thank you for your question!
    Josh

  140. Hello .Josh I not sure if im seeing this, So I though I would ask you. Look at the 1937 s mainly the nose there I finally find one

    1. Most interesting, David!

      The image, blown up, is a bit grainy, but it seems like this may be more than a groove in Lincoln’s nose caused by post-mint damage. You might consider submitting your coin to variety expert John Wexler to see what his thoughts are (he inspects coin in-person): http://doubleddie.com/58243.html

      Good luck!
      Josh

  141. I have just gotten a 1939 with no S, P, or D on it. Keep seperate, or throw it in with my other coins?

    1. Hi, Wylekat —

      Your 1939 Lincoln cent was made at the Philadelphia Mint (no mintmark on cents for pieces from the Philadelphia Mint). It’s worth 5 to 10 cents in worn condition.

      Best,
      Josh

  142. I just found this penny does anyone know what it would be worth in this shape ? It is a 1959 looks like it has never been circulated https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cfc0df83eb77274987473d13388f617753d643f8bf251441d76d80ef4c21ad58.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4a79700700758482d86cf0945632141a9f6af51942b1b1a62a5fcb36186f6ce3.jpg

    1. Hi, Brasherguy —

      Where did you find this? If it’s what appears to be it’s not only uncirculated, but it appears to be in extraordinarily nice condition. Be sure you handle this coin by its edges only (hold between your thumb and forefinger).

      At the very least this piece is worth 50 cents to $1 or more. What I want to know is if this coin has mirror-like surfaces. If so, it might be worth submitting to a third-party coin grading company for authentication. If it grades really well, it could be worth (potentially) hundreds of dollars or more.

      For more info on third-party coin grading firms, please see this article: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/slabbed_coins/

      Best,
      Josh

  143. I found a 1924 penny in my penny pouch what is it worth… I also have about 12-13 other pennies dated 1960-1971…

    1. Hello, Audrey!

      Very nice find! It looks to be in its original condition, too, which is just the way collectors like their coins. This 1924 penny is worth about 25 to 50 cents.

      As for your other, later-date Lincoln cents, assuming they are regular-issues with no die varieties or errors and are in worn condition, each date up through 1981 is worth 2 cents for its copper value.

      By the way, here’s a list of 43 pennies you should be looking for in your pocket change: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/valuable-pennies/

      I hope you find them all!
      Josh

    1. Hi, Donna —

      You describe what is likely post-mint damage, but if you want to submit a photo of your 1946 Lincoln cent I would be glad to check it out.

      Thank you for your question,
      Josh

  144. Hey Josh,i’ve been collecting coins on and off since i’ve been in grade school,i’m 29 now,but i’ve recently been following you and i’m addicted to these coins now 🙂 I found this 1911 penny and on the obverse side there’s a horizontal hump going across Lincoln’s nose/mouth and other marks too,but then there is no reverse side. I’ve seen so many other coins “that have no reverse” but really it’s just been ground off or whatever. This one looks different to me though because it’s not smooth really,and doesnt look as if it was ground off but it’s not as thick as a normal penny. Any idea what this could be? I appreciate your help and time,thanks.
    -Andy

    1. Hello, Andy!

      It’s good to hear from you — thank you for following The Fun Times Guide to Coins! It looks like your 1911 cent has been through the wringer (maybe even literally) in its 105 years. The reverse was removed, and the uneven surface left behind was worn into hilly undulations and cliffs most likely through heavy circulation. It’s the sort of coin I would personally hang on to because it’s really quite interesting and could probably tell one whale of a tale if it could talk.

      All the best and happy collecting!
      Josh

      1. Cool,thanks Josh i appreciate the info,and yes if only coins could talk lol. Either way i’ll be hanging onto it. I have a coffee can of wheat pennies i’ve been going through,it gets hard on the eyes but it’s too addicting to stop. So far found a 1909 VDB and alot of others from the 1910’s. Definitely going to continue following you. Happy treasure hunting man,thanks!
        Andy

        1. Thank you, Andy! Anytime you have a question about your coins or want to share a find, we’re here!

          Happy collecting,
          Josh

      2. Hey Josh,thanks for the info. Definitely will hang onto it as well as continue following you,i’ve been learning alot from your articles. While digging through this coffee can of wheaties that i have,along with that 1911 one i just asked about,i also found a 1909 vdb too. But i just found this odd 1948 coin…it seems to have an extra rim around it of some sort,almost like it’s enclosed in an extra piece. Could you check out the pics i have here and maybe give me some more info on it? Id appreciate it,thanks man!
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        1. Hello, Andy!

          Your 1948 Lincoln cent was encased in a jeweler’s mount. It was probably once part of a bracelet or necklace.

          Neat find!
          Josh

  145. Hi Josh, I found this penny and was wondering if you can give me some information about it. Thanks Jodi

    1. Hello,

      Neat piece! The photo appears a bit blurry and I can’t see all the details I need, but I believe based on what I see that this is an altered Lincoln cent, fashioned much like the so-called Hobo nickels of the 20th century. Here’s more info: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/hobo_nickel/ These artful novelty pieces may be worth $2 to $3 or more if you can find a collector wiling to pay a higher sum for such pieces.

      Thank you for your question and photos!
      Josh

  146. I found a 1935 penny and the o is missing from God in god we trust. It doesn’t look like it was rubbed off. Can you tell me anything about this?

    1. Hi, Scott —

      Without seeing an image of the coin I can;t say for certain what’s going on. It’s possible the coin has a filled die in the area of the “O,” which could mean your coin is worth $1 to $2. The “O” may also be missing due to post-mint damage.

      Best,
      Josh

  147. Hello guys, I found a penny in my daughters change penny bank that caught my eye. It is missing the “D” under the date. Also appears Lincoln is wearing sunglasses which was kind of funny but nothing. Anyways, what does this mean and what is the worth if missing the “D” under the mint date of this 1945 wheat penny. It obviously is simply Missing and NOT just worn off. Thanks for any input. Just curious.

    1. Hi, Daniel —

      What a neat old coin! The “D” (a mintmark signifying the coin was made at the Denver Mint) is missing because this piece was made at the Philadelphia Mint, which does not place mintmarks on one-cent coins. The sunglasses on Lincoln’s eyes (clever!) were caused by post-mint gouges from damage. The green color is caused by enhanced patination or possibly PVC (plastic-induced) residue on the damaged metal.

      This piece is worth 3 to 5 cents. It’s a great coin to hold aside, as Lincoln wheat cents are now considered obsolete coins.

      By the way, here’s a guide on which pennies are the most valuable: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/valuable-pennies/

      You’ll certainly want to see if any of these coins are in your daughter’s change bank (or yours!)

      Good luck,
      Josh

  148. Hi. Josh. I was wondering if you would tell me about this 1944-S Pillippppinas coin .and it worth please. Thank you .

  149. hi Joshua, i have found a 1982 quarter that appears to have been struck over a previous coin. could you please take a close look at it and tell me what you think? thank you,

    rhonda

    1. Hello, Rhonda —

      All of the areas you pointed out on the coin were caused by post-mint damage that imparted gouges and bumps on the surface. I’m afraid this coin is worth face value.

      Very observant find nevertheless!
      Josh

  150. Hi, I came across this site and hope for some guidance. I found a 1943 Wheat Penny and the above paragraph has me confused: if they are in demand by people, wouldn’t they be worth more than a dollar? Thanks for your help 🙂 Barbie, CT

    “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.”

    1. Hello, Barbie —

      Great question! Yes, it would seem that a coin that’s in high demand by collectors would also be worth more than 50 cents or $1. The reason they’re so inexpensive is that about 1 billion 1943 steel cents were made. So, while they’re beloved by collectors for their historical value, there are also plenty of these coins to go around. This might explain something about the economics of coin collecting, where even some very old coins (such as many from the 19th century) are not necessarily worth as much money as one would expect because there are still plenty available to meet demands.

      Thank you for your question!
      Josh

  151. I found a 1945 penny with an error on the letter A of the word America. Instead of being a “A” is a different font. What do you think?

    1. Hello, Liset —

      Would you mind posting a photo here in the comments forum so I can double check? It might be a die break or it could be post-mint damage.

      Thanks!
      Josh

        1. Hello, Liset!

          Looks like a die clash if you ask me! Nice! These go for $1 to $3 in most cases.

          Cheers,
          Josh

  152. I have a 1919 no mark wheat penny where Lincolns ear is an actual gash, like the machine struck it way to deep, any idea on the value, the coin in in good condition, not to worn, but circulated

    1. Hi, ReAnne —

      It sounds like you may be describing post-mint damage but I don’t want to say for sure without first seeing the coin. Would you please take an image of the 1919 Lincoln cent and post it here in the comments forum?

      Thank you so much!
      Josh

  153. I need 2500 for a brain research inpatient facility and am about to sell my collection, always collected for fun never looked at value, but the weirdest coin i have is a 1960’s wheat penny where Lincolns hair is an eagle, not kidding, very distinct, doesn’t compare to any other cast i’ve seen, anybody heard of this

    1. Hi, ReAnne —

      It sounds like you are describing a post-mint alteration or counterstamp. I would need to please see a photo of the coin to say for certain what is going on. In some cases, such novelty coins have a nominal value or perhaps 25 to 50 cents, sometimes more if the those specific alterations are collected by many.

      Thank you for your question!

      All my best,
      Josh

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      1. Hi, Eventus —

        Your 1917 Lincoln cent is worth about 15 to 20 cents in this condition and less if cleaned.

        Thank you for your question and the photo,
        Josh

    2. Hi, Eventus —

      Do any of these coins have mintmarks (a little “D” or “S” in this case) under the dates? The presence or lack thereof with mintmarks will affect the values for these coins.

      Thanks,
      Josh

  155. Hi there Josh, i have a couple of questions about a couple of pennies. First is a 1986 no mint mark penny which appears to have been struck twice but i cant make out the words. Picture included. Second is a 1989 penny with marks above TED in united, also ST and TES of states and lastly the same markings on the upper right top of the memorial nd down the right side of the memorial as well. Picture included. Cant wait to hear from u of any significance. Thanks Nate.
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    1. HI, Nate —

      The photos of the latter reverses are just a tad fuzzy, but it appears these coins have die clash marks and, if so, would be worth $1 to $3 in the eyes of an error collectors.

      Cool finds!
      Josh

      1. Thanks for the info.. Some other questions i have a 1940 s minted penny and a 1940 no mint penny is it an error? Also a 1956 penny which looks like sumthing has eaten away at it.. 1985 penny appears to be an error… And last for now i have lots anyway its a 1935 no mint mark worth anything? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/074dbfbdd8142423f60e818fbfbac210524f8713723d910412d1772bf6ea8cfc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a0a292b8f71bf7eb9e8e344de885440d63836d135b0fbbd56e81153ad3d8939.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/693c0da109b6c6875b7f178978ca42424d0b2c2b9ea677d5644b166b265180c1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/13a49a524daa541b7e075d97218ea5dd62f075e79539ab396f3db8d2b4e9b9e6.jpg

        1. Hi, Nate —

          The 1956 Lincoln cent appears to have suffered environmental damage, thus the porosity. It is worth its copper value, or about 2 cents. The 1940 penny without a mintmark was made at the Philadelphia Mint; one-cent coins of that period from the Philly mint do not contain a mintmark. Both that and the 1940-S Lincoln cents are worth about 5 cents each. The 1935 cent, meanwhile, is worth about 10 cents.

          I’m looking at the 1985 cent and don’t see in the photo what about the coin appears to be the error. Can you please describe? Maybe it’s not coming through well enough for me to see.

          Thank you for your questions and photos,
          -Josh

          1. Thanks alot… Another question i have a… St. Gaudens miniature 24 kt gold coin with the year in roman numerals. Its in a plastic case so its hard to get a good pic but im trying. In the meantime do u know anything about it?

          2. Hello, Nate —

            You may have an authentic 1980s American Gold Eagle 1/10-ounce bullion coin struck by the United States Mint with the Saint-Gaudens design or a mini, gold-plated replica. If you can indeed kindly get a photo of the coin that would be very helpful for me in determining what you have.

            Thank you,
            Josh

          3. Here are some pics hope there good enough to tell me something.
            Nate…
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          4. Hi, Nate —

            I see this isn’t a 1/10-ounce Saint-Gaudens American Gold Eagle but rather a replica. It’s a neat-looking piece with nice detail. A metallurgist or coin dealer could tell you if it is made from actual gold or is gold plated. This novelty token/medal is worth its intrinsic metal value.

            Thank you for your question and photos,
            Josh

          5. Thanks Josh you are alot of help…. So why do u think a serial number is on the case the coin is in? But when i look it up i find nothing at all on the number relating to the coin https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8d796be2a267441597dcbc568a0716dab45687be314f2f6a7d92b8f8b4b55e06.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/30fbff3e5440fbca11a122592f0e5de6385dd23a01456350961dd0baffac94bf.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/20a4283cc130551b79f4bcb252a80a867124a5ebfd11e0ad10f606203bb48c32.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/492295c8617766c4f9c8e3ad9aebf8e74bfdfbbb85562b5f2750820d1a04c726.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e45addff83e458b884a16b3641853a4de752a7a5bda520bcc59c3ca25ebfb941.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d5a76b37db7c21fa06f55d60d3bcdfed2063dd0970f574a02efb8adfd88c4154.jpg

          6. Hi, Nate —

            This is not a government-issued legal tender coin, so why the private issuer chose to insert the coin in a case so labeled to suggest that it is a replica of an actual government-issued Saint-Gaudens double eagle. While this piece may be considered a novelty collectible, such a coin is generally worth the intrinsic metallic value.

            All my best,
            Josh

  156. hello josh in a somewhat different subject i have a medallion that commemorates the inauguration of george washington to the presidency of the united states without having to get it from the safety deposit box im guessing the date to be 1793 its larger than a silver dollar and seems to be made of an unusual metal perhaps an alloy of silver and pewter it also has a hole at the top which at first i thought made it almost worthless by chance i was watching an episode of pawn stars low and behold there was a coin/ medallion that was similar the big difference being that coin / medallion was of his death it seems the hole in the top was put there so ppl could wear it around their neck in honor of pres washington because he was so well liked by americans it was valued in the thousands my problem is i have not been able to find out much about my coin/medallion admittedly im by no means a computer wizard and lack the knowledge to be able to research it in depth i would most certainly like to have more info or other pertinent related info ie where to look who to contact etc please respond if you can help me in any way thankyou

  157. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60e964f1c12ac9bd406d8bac4e07b734906a012686edd488ed826351d93c2cc2.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c6825d27556bfd7db2ad1b736bdfcb3f4be41ffd57dae1a4b81a3f94096ae9bc.jpg

    Hi Joshua,what do you think…double die or machine doubling??

    1. Hi, Yasir —

      I’m afraid any doubling on this coin is machine doubling. You’ll find more photos/info about the 1969 doubled die with this link: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/1969-penny-value/

      Thank you for your question and photos,
      Josh

  158. Hey Josh do you happen to know anything about egyptian coins? Included are two pictures having trouble finding the symbols online although i th https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/238d4b5a0bd4643306375d2e420c271f0ba6db7a2d3732a8ed6db7a4bdfee20b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f47b7d59eca269395c652a69643dc4c50ae57b060b8a125083eeb3bc9d019f8d.jpg ink ive narrowed it down to the ottoman era anything could help. Thanks Josh

    1. Hi, Nate —

      I’m afraid I’m not knowledgeable enough on Egyptian coins to help here. Perhaps you should try posting this inquiry on this forum: https://www.cointalk.com/

      Good luck,
      Josh

      1. Hey Josh another question tell me about quarters I got a 1982 Philadelphia minted and a 1983 Philadelphia minted now the 1982 looks like a stamp error everything on it looks a tad bit I don’t know how to say bigger than the 1983 but if you look closely at the 1982 at the very top where it says Liberty Liberty is almost stamped on the edge and the eagle on the back looks bigger as well then the 1983 didnt know if they changed the stamp or if it’s an error take a look let me know what you think. Some people I’ve talked to have said that 1982 and 1983 P minted could be worth something https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/25f1234ff176d7fd001dc98d7439c4300fd406b53d518fcc54979734ebbd3261.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b7da8cd1562d826b70edfd4a6927bd6134639275b3dfd411f8a9a0961eb11a43.jpg

        1. Hi, Nate —

          It looks like die deterioration issues, couple with heavy circulation wear, have caused the 1982 design to appear mushy and out of sorts, with the lettering on the obverse worn into the edge, etc. The coin is pretty well worn and would have only a nominal premium of 30 to 35 cents since it’s a scarcer issue; ditto for your 1983 quarter, which is also worth between 1.5 to 2 times face value. Why? Here’s more info: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/clad-washington-quarters-value/

          Cool finds,
          Josh

  159. Yesterday while I was at work a customer paid me in change and I found this 1941 wheat penny with raised edges and I was just wondering if that was normal and what it might be worth https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3161ef1315f648c4a85d12cb6e89a23a84b4aed7b3e664a1fb7795802f112e25.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b19fd0764f426229d020e62bc02a8572c03770c76279b27275c1f763c4dbba88.jpg

    1. Hi, Bich Ash —

      This 1941 Lincoln wheat cent is encased in a jewelry mount and is worth 3 to 5 cents.

      It’s a really unusual find!
      -Josh

  160. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/040f9ead41bf363b720ccb4cabbb1414191e0e7c39bb841f22d8b7e2b52c5b09.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e9090f37c08a37d92263d989928579ab056479cb4aa52e047dcae293f066ed11.jpg

    1. Hi, Travis —

      It appears you have a highly polished 1910 Lincoln cent that probably grades Good-4 or so. I’d say this piece is worth about 15 to 20 cents. It would’ve been worth more if it had not been polished.

      This is a really cool, old coin… Definitely keep it.

      Best,
      Josh

  161. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/422b63c2e933f0a1b0ba057262590089570776e0e2eadc80fe6e36dfcd07e77f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/245862fbd3b570078ee6af5aeea71c58409bf38363203479fe212c62e6138105.jpg

    1. Hi, Travis —

      Yes, your 1953-D Washington quarter is worth about $3.75 to $4.25 for its silver metal content.

      Nice find!
      -Josh

    1. Hi, Raymond —

      This doesn’t sound like an attributed variety based on the existing variety directories… It could be something new. Would you mind posting a photo of the coin, please?

      Thank you!
      Josh

  162. hey so I got this back from the change machine at self check out just wanted opinions is it worth anything
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    1. Hi, Travis —

      This is an eye-catching, but altered, novelty piece that was likely made as a so-called “gaffe” coin for illusionists who want to appear to turn one type of coin into another. This is actually a fairly common type of gaffe coin and is likely worth about 50 cents to $1 in the illusionist or novelty coin arena, given what I have seen other similar coins go for.

      Thank you for your question and photos,
      Josh

      1. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a3006f3b45e9b95e4d68ba18a50e83682a2fbb325837cd4f5f6e1301ebc72d97.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7164ff33987ef050420cb22d24508459f953516daa295d421e86677f2f0868cb.jpg came across this your opinion???

        1. Hi, Travis —

          Nice 1940 Mercury dime! It’s worth about $2 to $2.50.

          Best wishes,
          Josh

  163. also have https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/00a6211054356bbbf6d3bd3c028a725502a52e37285c5d8965b621e698668838.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/486d1a09e9b0acb21f90742389cf81e97c5f01f3db2596c0ec5035a55bb6e1c3.jpg

    1. Hi, Travis —

      Does the 1943 cent on the right stick to a magnet? What does it weigh?

      Hmm…
      Josh

    1. Hi, John —

      The value of your 1903 Indian Head cent varies based on its condition, but a typical piece with average wear is worth about $1 to $3.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

    1. Hi, Romansteel —

      If your 1953-D Lincoln cent has no reverse, it in all likelihood was manipulated post-Mint since such errors are virtually impossible on modern coins. Would you please post a photo of your coin so I can verify what’s going on and provide further information?

      Thank you,
      Josh

  164. I have a 1946 steel wheat penny in very good condition. I’ve heard they are extremely rare and could be valuable. Any truth to this?

    1. Hi, Savvy,

      Actually, the rare 1943 pennies are the ones that don’t stick to a magnet. If they don’t stick to a magnet, that would mean they’re copper, and one of only a couple dozen made from that composition. More than 1 billion 1943 steel pennies were made (the type that does stick to a magnet) and are generally worth 10 to 50 cents in worn condition.

      While this may not be the news you wanted to find out, I hope it’s helpful to you in looking for that 1943 bronze penny — it’s worth about $85,000!

      Good luck!
      Josh

  165. I have a penny with just the 19 stamped on it. it has an S mint mark. Do you think it has any value ?
    my e-mail is [email protected], can you please respond in an e-mail, as well as this forum.

    1. Hi, Nancy —

      It’s hard to say without seeing the coin if this is a filled-die error/variety or a post-Mint alteration. Would you kindly submit a photo of this coin here on the forum?

      Thank you so much,
      Josh

  166. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/85b1e5301ae44805843acfc77dc5d1ff8a8297245709759bd13daa208f3c9709.jpg This is a 1946 wheat penny. Do you see the 5 inside of the N? We are trying to figure out the mystery of it.

    1. Hi, Kista —

      I’m afraid I don’t see the “5” inside of any of the “N”s, but it does appear as though this piece is weakly struck. Which “N” do you see it in? Maybe the image is just a little blurrier than will allow me to see the “N.”

      At any rate, a regular 1946 Lincoln cent such as this one is worth about 5 cents and makes a nice collectible to put away. If this one does have an error or variety, it could be worth much more.

      Thank you for your questions,
      Josh

      1. click to enlarge the photo and then look at the “N” in “cent”. You can’t miss it… I have wheat pennies and none of mine have that! I too, am now curious of what it means.

        1. Wow! There it is. I’m not sure if that’s a “5” or what, but it looks like there is something there. I just checked for any signs of a variety and can’t find one officially attributed.

          I suggest you submit this photo to the folks at CONECA. They might say it’s just an unusual (I say “cool”!) post-Mint alteration, but I want to make sure and they’re the ones who officially declare new varieties. Here’s their info: http://varietyvista.com/index.htm

          Good luck!
          Josh

      2. It doesnt look like part of the original stamping.. looks suspiciously clean inside that 5 copaired to rest of low areas on coin???

  167. What about a good shape 1955 Lam-Jaw on to cheek bone..with extra layering all the way around on the moto…since it’s 55 that brings up that value right 55-D

    1. Hi, John!

      May we see a photo of this coin to assist in figuring out what’s going on with the coin and what its value might be?

      Thank you,
      Josh

  168. I have a 1947 D wheat penny that looks weird on the reverse. Almost looks like the B in pluribus is an 8. Any thoughts? I have also found a couple of other wheat pennies recently and was hoping you could tell me something about them, whether they have errors or no? I have a https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/65298146aae94310d72dfd5bd0d6bd697e35307d370386621038de585df0de71.jpg
    ton of coins like these, including nickels, dimes, and quarters. I’m just not sure who to show them to? Any help and advice would be great!

    1951 D – looks like the stamped mint mark is either stamped twice or just smeared down at the bottom right section, and also a raised spot at the top of the rim.

    1948 P – the date looks weird and in god we trust looks kind of run off at the top.

    1956 P – date looks enlarged and in god we trust is really thick compared to other dates.

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    1. Sorry not all pics posted.

      1947 D https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/055b79b38962ce930b7a211c1a0160a774f15288b701927eedddc9354621cc32.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/976455ed7056c5771a619d5e8f2871477d2ee44f2327fec56dfbc69545cce7b7.jpg

      1. 1948 P
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        1. 1951 D
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          1. 1956 P https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b89a3c8d192d0eccee543882d2df051b04a8b7c00231fcf9bb33ab73434af341.jpg

          2. Sorry this ones not wanting to upload lol. 1956 D

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          3. Hello there, Mariah —

            It’s hard to tell from these photos alone, but I don’t believe there is any signs of a doubled die in the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. It’s more likely machine doubling either alone or combined with heavy post-Mint wear that caused the motto to appear thick. Overall, this piece, presuming it is not a doubled die, is worth about 3 cents.

            I’m glad you’re holding aside the odd-looking coins. This habit could eventually pay off well for you.

            Best wishes,
            Josh

          4. Hi, Mariah —

            It looks like there is some minor damage to the bottom of the “D” mintmark, meanwhile the bump on the top of the obverse rim looks like a small hit. The coin is still worth 3 to 5 cents in this condition.

            Love these old wheat pennies!
            Josh

        2. Hello, Mariah —

          This is actually a normal — and very nice-looking — circulated 1948 Lincoln cent. This one is worth about 5 to 10 cents and appears with its original chocolate brown patina.

          Very nice,
          Josh

      2. Hi, Mariah —

        The “B” in E PLURIBUS UNUM appears mis-shapen due to post-Mint damage. I’ve seen similar issues like this in the past on Lincoln wheat cents, and it’s unfortunate that damage like that happens, though it admittedly does create interesting results. This piece is worth 3 to 5 cents.

        Cool find,
        Josh

    2. Hello, Mariah —

      I will gladly address each of these questions under each piece so it’s easier to follow my replies!

      More to come,
      Josh

  169. Hello…I found this 1946 wheat penny and I’m not sure what the mark is on the back by the https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0f7348191bf94b5d7a1fba1b31d00934158500a13527aeebc937278585800600.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4d802b38ec58367d43fcf0d4d5803e7a58f4208ee2883e83edc6a3c396728a66.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2e51e65b021b2a26aa2c6cb439b66b2a3e98ae5886e985be507965c7ddedfc8e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2210516fa8ecf99911d72e0bb8d668871c990a7fb191985e779946a5547066a0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/776ccd0158ad1b02fda3a2b1cc0413149ff1700432df005e3256e036fb83e375.jpg O in One… any idea?

    1. Hi, Denise —

      The lines across the “O” and “E” are post-Mint gouges; as these deep cuts are considered damage, the coin is worth its copper value, or about 2 cents.

      Thank you for your question and photos,
      Josh

  170. hi there i got a 1939 wheat penny it looks like it is steel and copper not shore what to think of it ,,you got any thing ? you see how the one on the left loos steel its a 1939 ,,the other one jist a 1950,,some one let me know will your answer go to my email

  171. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/11214cf51005b1d636f7910479088715061be319b5d48094972e9675fcb68dc1.jpg hi there i got a 1939 wheat penny it looks like it is steel and copper not shore what to think of it ,,you got any thing ? you see how the one on the left loos steel its a 1939 ,,the other one jist a 1950,,some one let me know will your answer go to my email

    1. Hello, Joshua —

      There is some type of light-colored film on the 1939 penny, which is an aftereffect of exposure to some type of chemical after the coin left the Mint. The 1939 Lincoln wheat penny is worth about 2 to 3 cents, while the 1950 penny, which has its original color, is worth 3 to 5 cents.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

  172. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7b8205c83d35d9184461b5257b89cf1c324776035b12d31c2f4e278c39e3e9cf.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3f0e576bd27e838de0c2ba308b1a459379eccea5302e7420299bdce1c0477a8f.jpg

    Hi Josh, i have a 1936 Wheat Penny that has M R punched on the obverse and 37 punched on the reverse, do you believe this is from the mint like this or have you ever ran across one similar ? Thanks Randle

    1. Hi, Jay —

      These are post-Mint counterstamps; perhaps this coin was used as a merchant token or was engraved by someone for personal reasons. Such coins are sometimes collected as novelties and in some cases, perhaps such as this, are worth more than the coin would be if left original — especially if an origin for those counterstamps can be determined. This piece is generically worth, to a novelty coin collector, probably 10 to 25 cents with the counterstamps, usually only 5 to 10 cents without.

      For now I’d suggest holding on to the coin…

      I hope this info is helpful,
      Josh

  173. I found some more interesting coins I’d like you to look at if that’s ok. I’m posting separately for the pics because the loader hates me on here lol.

    These I don’t know if they’re errors but they look cool. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f872f871b28c81a1761169d77b5d8e5e32132012e2486fe0e7fb60ff5c0aa573.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b508616c695360866153f6168910a9bd79727e9d59c8a62969b03d9f119b9fb6.jpg

    1. This one is from 2008. It’s really smooth and again… not sure if error. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e4eea895594d5ea91d9542ad18aa5c88c47e30d1d9c93a9777c4a4cdb4bafac0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0f14022decd6bce75316ac51fbce5b1569723afe105b65606b1f46a790a65665.jpg

      1. Hi, Mariah —

        This coin was worn down an actually shows its zinc inner core — why parts of the coin look silver! This one is worth face value but is nevertheless an eye catcher!

        Best wishes,
        Josh

    2. These all have really thick edging, and even looks doubled on a couple of them. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7dc165f1d06ebc91a260605d47dad78b191d7041f88e9f144e9fb30dfd664784.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2ab0c2fd02cc3fccbbe0d02c4620af7c0b2e5bc528f9c7cde062013773aef82.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce5909ad8e86372ddc3eae1b0935c39e0ba721a99089ca9fbced8e8c45597874.png

      1. Hi, Mariah —

        Neat finds! Rim doubling and rim anomalies like these are usually caused by die deterioration, though some are caused by die misalignments. While these are very common, I personally hang on to the most severe of these for my personal enjoyment. I should note that all pre-1982 pennies here are worth at least 2 cents for their copper value.

        Thank you for sharing these with us!
        Josh

    3. This one looks like there’s a small ripple effect at the top of it where some extra alloy was cooled on top or something? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/583ec35b53a11fbb0190ed04fd0ffce25588461c6d85ce0dbca794fc454a71c3.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2c148cbf53d5df701584cf072b49278435220613b48b9bbd3dcaeb087e57ee9a.jpg

      1. Hi Mariah —

        This looks like a die clash in the photo. Very nice! Assuming that is what this is, these types of errors are usually worth $1 to $3.

        Best wishes,
        Josh

    4. Ok last one for you. This is a nickel I found that has like a goldish tint https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2b29213af67439125f00cdf75ed4b43a412ef3d7e9555af6bc6c099e07f3b93.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/13772523c2a96a1a8a87dc2396b2e8823d394b10b9ae6efe64f95c591d726127.jpg to it.

      1. Hello, Mariah —

        Yes, the gold tint is toning and is actually quite nice looking. I even see some mint luster around the edges. I can’t tell if this coin is uncirculated (I’d need to see the coin in-person to look for wear/rub on the high points at different angles), but it’s definitely a very nice circulated specimen to say the least! If it’s circulated, it’s worth face value.

        Cool coin,
        Josh

    5. Hello, Mariah —

      Thank you for the photos. Beginning with this set of images, each of these coins exhibit environmental damage. In other words, fumes, contact with certain chemical agents, etc. caused the discoloration seen here. These pieces are definitely unusual looking but because of the damage are worth face value.

      Thank you for reaching out!
      Josh

  174. Hoping to shed some lite on this, I have several 1941 D,S and no date wheat pennies in my collection but ran across this one below in a cabin about 2 weeks ago and am kind of puzzled with it.
    This penny is around half the size in thickness as any of the others, https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1dfa55416ced12d6892ead6d145598bd7221085b256a72611fe434f90a4e885b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a42edb9f7e6adb8bfe09fa390ceac31f03eb1d062caecbe09bab6d04b7dfb300.jpg I have not ran across this before.
    The shape the penny is in I really do not believe it is worn any ideals would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

    1. Hi, Chris —

      Hmm… without seeing the obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) sides of the coin I can’t say for certain. While there are some small variances in coin thickness, the only possibilities I can think of at this moment are either the wrong coin blank was used (possible error, it’s happened before and is a kind of error) or acid/corrosion damage (happens frequently and is more likely). I hope to hear from you further!

      Thank you,
      Josh

  175. I have 14 Susan B Anthony silver dollars that are 1979 s, d, and p. I looked at a site that said the thick rimmed P I believe is a variety and worth a good amount. I have some that are uncirculated and look great. Is it worth taking one or more to get graded? Or are they not worth as much as I keep seeing online? If you want pictures I’ll be gladly to post some. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Mariah —

      If you wish to submit a photo of your thick-rimmed (“Wide Rim” variety) Susan B. Anthony dollar I’d be happy to take a look. The others, if they’re worn, are worth face value. Uncirculated Susan B. Anthony dollars are worth between $1.25 to $5, in most cases, depending on the date. Here’s more info on Susan B. Anthony dollars: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/susan_b_anthony_dollar/

      I’m presently in the path of Hurricane Irma and may not be able to reply promptly if you send a photo but I’ll do my very best.

  176. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f6519c2e8c13251ceb6d6bc8faf130a17fcc177cc5a60962451991c06c74fcad.jpg
    Unable to get a good image,I have either a 44 or 46 D wheat ear the 19 is missing and the last digit is barely legible. the 4 is fine as is the D There are scratch marks apparent but no gauges or anything to indicate the numerals were scratched off `,puzzled,will try and enlarge a scan and post it

    1. Hello,

      Yes, if you could try and get a larger image of the coin that would be appreciated — I can’t seem to enlarge this image enough to really get a good look at it.

      Thank you so much,
      Josh

  177. Hello. I am hoping you can help me further identify my 1917 wheat pennies i have. The images of are of all my 1917 in my huge collection of wheat pennies. Thank you so very much! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/34c08136a4ee3f3a101860d130ca4e9231e61bfb971b77dd7f808d797fc41b7b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4dea91856a3dcdf4be74cd652bafa1582827678addabc2e57f518f1a5e977d1d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/83f654c5b73b559546e79d688408307b6eed62791b5dbbef771fdcb60919e541.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4dea91856a3dcdf4be74cd652bafa1582827678addabc2e57f518f1a5e977d1d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb9b64764d4f089a2660bedb623896ab8a638ef369b697fdbcccf2c1252b4ddc.jpg

    1. Hello, Nicole —

      Cool set of 1917 pennies! From what I can tell using zoom tools to the best of my ability with the photos you provided, I see a mix of pieces. I’ll identify below based on the horizontal image of six you provide above:

      Top row, left to right: 1917-S, 1917-D, 1917 no mintmark present (I think I see a trace of one but can’t seem to confirm in the photo)
      Bottom row, left to right: 1917 (no mintmark identifiable in photo), 1917-S, 1917-D.

      I hope this helps!
      -Josh

        1. Hello, Nicole —

          Your 1917 pennies are worth between 10 and 25 cents apiece. I think you’ll find this link helpful:

          43 Pennies Worth Looking For: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/valuable-pennies/

          It’s a list of pennies that are worth about $1 or more… Some are relatively common, too.

          Good luck!
          Josh

  178. I found an 1854 quarter can it be cleaned without damaging it and what is it worth https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/95b25dd841f244d2a648b73718dd88fcd20d6545aa289d975059c0d3425b1608.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9f716556ed408b15abb9323ca78cf9c3f6a6ed145ffea43263bd0b3e1d4dd986.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/88c0d6a2d672bd9d31861ddf94c8f18197d9c4ba83dc09ccde970e94e36c6b82.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/88c0d6a2d672bd9d31861ddf94c8f18197d9c4ba83dc09ccde970e94e36c6b82.jpg

    1. Hi, Scottie —

      If you want to remove won’t come off with ONLY gently running tepid water and a few soft pats with a dry terry cloth — and you wish to restore this coin — I suggest sending it off to the professionals. I’d suggest Numismatic Conservation Service (NCS): https://www.ngccoin.com/ncs-conservation/

      Good luck!
      Josh

      1. Josh here are a couple pictures of the 1982 d pennies that I’ve came across . I’ve got 4 of them. All weighing 3.11 to 3.15. Have I gotten what I think I’ve got. Contact me if ya would. Thanks 2709527111. You can text if ya would like https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3c2508ba32b534477495e8c99efe7399d4260721a9c89ce577567adca75d18d3.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9517b9d991a140870672140bc98bff743d10d5b01ecf1cc797e9ad8a0760f0b3.jpg

        1. Hey, Justin —

          Both of these are large dates, but you’re doing the right thing. Keep checking your 1982-D bronze cents as you find them. After all, that’s exactly how the first was found a couple years ago!

          Good luck,
          Josh

        1. Hey, Justin —

          The faded one in this image… What does that one weigh? Can you please send a clearer image of the one that’s in the middle of this image? I want to take a closer look, please.

          Thank you!
          Josh

  179. I have this 1949 Wheat Penny with no mint mark that the lettering at top on front and the last A of America on back is messed up. Is this a common error or just worn ? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a52fd9d527e2d9f63bdaeb6f0d9285fef6fc22b038cd62d7e0bfe1865047610f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2233a15b86f09e9289af5eee3d6027d59cedfdfa3c5699a0ce525151eb8d506f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0e941611825b5d5761dbe1432cc86d6ffef641990967008bedd22c2455e9c6ae.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ee03d3c48b11a7ffcf2b368090e140fbeb4cd2f94fadb65b73fbd9f1a342ce32.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1f526e8601b61c8c66f33f791750617c54200f68a79897429d73e67fbcd190ad.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e95b52dbdab267f5fa500d382813a1a864507e414811797a5c8ebaf1138378b4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/96ba5681250c5f1c7c2b2958cae96a7f405882a008f960ae920e00c3467d4dab.jpg

    1. Hi, Trudy —

      It looks like there may be a die break or major die chip at the top of the last “A” in “AMERICA.” Here’s more info on this type of error as well as possible value: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/die-crack-error-coins-to-look-for/

      And here is more info on 1949 pennies in general: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/1949-wheat-penny-value/

      Cool find,
      Josh

  180. i found these yesterday https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/14e1c295c007cba482c4acb3c2b556950fb8a474fc9ada74fa51dce9e80654ef.jpg jushua i sorry but i am geeting so up set that i about to take a hammer to this computer i dont know how that got here that i am trying to get help setting up THANKS AGAIN

    1. Hi, Alfred —

      Unless you enjoy looking at coins at a microscopic level, all you really need to see the important details on coins is a 5X to 10X coin loupe, as I describe here: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin-collecting-supplies/

      Good luck,
      Josh

  181. is this a small date? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/28bbbfd25632844d2ba88f9057b79807e40c43a2deb338e0d477a4fa014e7a40.jpg

    1. Hi, Adam —

      This 1982 penny is a large date; note the tops of the “9” and “8” in the date rising higher than the “1” and “2.”

      Best,
      Josh

  182. is it just mine? or do all 1971 half https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/25715f2ae1dea63f99f4d271e6de6bdac1a0ee33e7cbfb636f7867ee7fdb559f.jpg dollars have a wide rim?

    1. Hi, Adam —

      The rim in your 1971-D Kennedy half dollar looks totally normal for a 1970s Kennedy half, which typically carries a wide rim.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

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