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The wheat penny was an American coin designed by the U.S. Mint from 1909 to 1958. The front of the coin features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. The back of the coin has "ONE CENT" surrounded by wheat stalks on either side. These pennies are commonly called "wheaties" or "wheat backs." The coin was designed by Victor David Brenner and replaced the design for the Indian Head penny.
In 1909, there were only 284,000 1909 S VDB wheat pennies produced. This is the cream of the crop in the series and has a base value of around $550. Even low grades are worth $100 or more. However, if you have a prime example of this coin, it may be worth thousands.
Below is a complete list of values for every wheat penny made, save two. The 1943 copper wheat penny is not listed because it is rare and worth thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. The 1955 double die wheat penny is not listed either, as it is also worth thousands. When it comes to the highest valued wheat pennies, those are the ones to look for. Even so, other wheat pennies can still be worth quite a bit, so think twice before you dump that next batch of change into the local Coinstar.
1909-1934 Wheat Penny Values
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1909 S VDB
1935-1958 Wheat Penny Values
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Hang Onto Your Wheat Pennies!
As the years go by, wheat penny values continue to climb higher. As of July 2013, there was a decent climb in wheat penny values. As these pennies continue to become rarer and harder to find, their values will only increase. We have seen the same trend with Indian Head pennies, most of which are worth a dollar, even in bad shape. This is a great time to invest in wheat pennies, especially since the release of the new penny in 2010.
Over the next few years, I predict wheat penny values will continue to increase. I don't see them dropping in value. Even pennies from the common years of the 40s and 50s are starting to gain value. Who knows? In a decade, wheat penny values may be closer to today's values of Indian Head pennies. Hang on to your wheat pennies, and if you have the opportunity, invest in them!
Juan diaz on July 25, 2020:
I have a penny from 1956
Andrea on April 17, 2020:
Sue— give me all your wheats! Hahaha I collect them and just love all old coins I’ll gladly take them off your hands
Sue on April 16, 2020:
I have jars and jars of wheat pennies. What do I do with them???
Kenneth knickerbocker on April 13, 2020:
I hane wheat penny with a Indian head on the other side the date in a miss print i think it says 18 with a backward 3 and a 3 do u know this coin and is it worth anything
Ruben rod on April 11, 2020:
I have a quarter that was cut wro g and miss printed and missing the last number of the year its from year 196 something cause when ever it was made was messed up the print of yhe quarter is it worth any thing
Chuchie40 on March 29, 2020:
I have a 1942 no mint mark penny is it worth anything
Rick on February 18, 2020:
I have a 1955 penny with a 3 for a mint letter would like to know value
mpelmo on January 20, 2020:
i have what appears to be an extremely valuable 1959 sgs graded pr70 lincoln penny. has anyone ever seen or heard of one, or has an est. value???----- mpelmo
Amanda Hurst on January 13, 2020:
Where would you sell them if you had one of thwm?????
Winnen on January 09, 2020:
I have a 1943 looks silver that's magnetic and 20 other wheat pennies ..I want to know how to sell them ,best direction to go
Tony Eckert on January 08, 2020:
i have a 1954 no mint mark wheat penny with a chunk of copper stuck on the left wheat side in good condition is this error worth anything?
Jeffrey Fidler on January 06, 2020:
I have a wheat penny , where Lincoln is looking at Kennedy, Kennedy head is in graved looking at Lincoln worth anything ??
Kelyemon McGinnis on January 04, 2020:
Is there any particular coin you are searching for?
Debby Scholz on January 03, 2020:
Have a 1917 wheatie missing the L in liberty any one know any value
Rob Raburn on January 03, 2020:
I have a 1942 penny that is errored like I've never seen before what would be the worth of it
Paresh shah on January 02, 2020:
5rs old coin buy.pleade address & contect number
Thomaskrueger on January 02, 2020:
i have a 1944 d penny where the d is close to the date
Charlene on January 02, 2020:
How much would a 1905 Indian Head penny be worth today?
AlanFoster73 on January 01, 2020:
I have a 1896 indian head penny and 1959 penny plus more if interested call Alan Foster 209 764 0618
Melvin DeWalt on December 26, 2019:
I have a lot of wheat pennies and would love to sell them
Christopher spratling on December 25, 2019:
I have a 1943 has no ment mark struk 2times coper wate3.02 i will sale coper cons has it at 1.7.000.00 i will take leas
Steven Smith on December 13, 2019:
Ive got a 1957 D with errors first 9 in date is solid and the B in LIBERTY ALL FILLED IN. Cant find it had it looked at and no one knows anything about its value
sharon parr on November 28, 2019:
are 1964 and 1968 uncirculated pennies worth anything
Steve allen on November 28, 2019:
I had put wheat pennys in Zip lock bags since 1990. Have one from 1919,1929 a couple in the 30's . I also have 40's 50's all wheat. Every time I look them up they are not worth anything.
Wanting to remodel . But guess I'll have to wait until they are with worth something. But where and who would you look up for contacts.
Bobbie Dintelmann on November 17, 2019:
I have a 1918 penny &1944s penny can you tell me what they are worth.please any info to point me in the right direction to find out would be greatly appreciated
Jeffrey highbaugh on November 10, 2019:
What does it mean when they say genuine
Walsdorf Allen on November 09, 2019:
Am looking to sell a few of my old Penny's, for sell is my 1944s and 1944d,I also have a 1969s, I need cash, best offer.
James frye on November 04, 2019:
I jave a 1944 wbeat penny also a 1938 wheat penny with noetters.how much are.they worth
Jennifer Aniston on November 03, 2019:
I have a 1944 penny
Richard on October 29, 2019:
I have a 2009 one cent with a man sitting on a log on the reverse side. Seems unusual. Thoughts?
Tabbatha Cox on October 16, 2019:
i have 1909 VDB and a 1917 s wheat penny and a 1920 s wheat penny r they worth anything
Misty on October 16, 2019:
I have a 1965 no mint mark error penny. Is it worth anything?
Mikey on October 08, 2019:
I have a double sided tails wheat penny does not stick to a magnet no signs of it being cut in half and repressed how much could it be worth i have never seen one before
finnie coleman on October 01, 2019:
i have a full set of 1909 threw 1974 penny set
Joseph A. Perez on August 21, 2019:
I have an uncirculated roll of 1987 Lincoln cent pennies with a small engraved U.S. State engraved to the right of the Lincoln Bust!
How much is this roll of fifty worth?
Raul on August 20, 2019:
I have a 1920wueat panny what is itworth
emily on August 19, 2019:
I have a 1910 wheat penny what is it worth.
Douglas Ladd on August 06, 2019:
I just found a 1944S copper wheat penny. Looks like in used to good condition. Any idea the value?
Marlene Valdes on August 04, 2019:
I have a 1944 steel wheat penny. Anyone know the value?
CHRISTOPHER GOZALEZ on July 17, 2019:
I HAVE A 1928 PENNEY AND HOW DO I FIND OUT HOW MUCH IS THIS PENNEY WORTH??
Tina Thomas on June 25, 2019:
I am trying to figure out how to sell my wheat pennies,an what their worth how do i go about doing that
Rhonda Napper on June 20, 2019:
I have a 1940 wheat penny without a mint on it, it's in excellent condition
Grace on June 13, 2019:
I have a variety wheat pennies wondering. How you should go about selling them
Rachel on June 12, 2019:
B.L.Rath take a magnet and put it on your 1943 penny if it does not stick its a copper 1943 penny which means it can be worth over 1 million dollars if it does stick to the magnet its steel which is still worth a lot just not as much, at least above 80,000
Leon on June 10, 2019:
I found a 1993 coins were made with the wide AM .
Will on June 10, 2019:
I have a 1922
B.L.Rath on June 05, 2019:
I have a 1944 1958 1943 wheat pennies ..
Carl E Gleason on May 29, 2019:
Interesting how the 1943 penny has gone up to $80,000 to $65,000 and is not listed here.
At one time 1 2 years ago they were at $100,000 not listed here
Good luck on your Hobby
Yvon Guillaume on May 29, 2019:
I have a 1935 wheat penny, 1944, 1945,
1950s wheat wheat penny.
Maria Del Carmen Dueñas on May 23, 2019:
I have a1943 Steel penny , wondering if it's Worth it?
Coleen on May 23, 2019:
I have a penny that isn’t stamped at all and a nickel that is only partly stamped.
Virginia smith on May 19, 2019:
Dave on May 18, 2019:
I have a penny with a steel ring around it
Bill on May 07, 2019:
You forgot the 1944 steel penny
Alan royal on May 03, 2019:
I have a 1978d error penny.filled in d and also the t in liberty is shifted making it look like a 7.can you tell me anything about this.
Allen Meek on April 30, 2019:
Can you tell me what a 1944 steel penny is worth?
Rick on April 16, 2019:
I just picked up 20 lbs of wheatbacks and have been seperating them for two days . My neck hurts
VitoD on April 02, 2019:
Have a wheat penny with the third digit in the date missing “19•2 what could this mean as far as being a”collectible” or worth anything can someone please help?
Erma. Mcgaha on March 30, 2019:
I. Have. A 1940. Wheat. Penny. What. Is. It. Worth
Mzdrumz on March 27, 2019:
1 have a 1944 wheat penny where liberty is double STAMPED with extra letters between each letter in the word liberty and the 4s are two different sizes
Cindy on March 25, 2019:
I have a prestine 1996 pennie light in color
Bob bixby on January 23, 2019:
I have a 1953 wheat penny kind of silver is it any good
Timohy Watkins on January 20, 2019:
My curiosity is certainly piqued!
KENNETH on November 04, 2018:
I Wss digging through my grandfather's coin collection and found a 1919 Wheat Penny on a 1919 Buffalo Nickel. Its the size of s normal Penny but 90% shiny with copper in s few spots. Any ideas on how it was made and what to do with it?
Melissa on October 31, 2018:
I have a wheat penny 1957 is it worth anything?
Chris jones on October 30, 2018:
I have found a 43 copper wheat penny know I need to sell it
Dawn Simmons on September 21, 2018:
How do I look for a DDO or a DDR penny. I keep seeing lines threw the dates but not sure if that's a DD. you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thank you
Linda sparks on September 16, 2018:
I need to find out what my coins are worth i have an 1856coin with napoleon111 on it i have several morgon silver dollars dot pennies wheat pennies several other rare coins
Pathos813 on August 19, 2018:
For anyone trying to determine value and properly sell, with any collectible follow this formula.
1. Properly identify
2. Check SOLD listings on Ebay or find a Facebook groups with experts who can help you to get a general idea, check multiple sources and compare.
3. Have the item graded by a professional third party grading company with a good reputation.
This price list is thousands of dollars off in some areas, never EVER base price off of price guides. The market changes all the time, trends develop etc.
25+ years as a collector.
Blueyedbutterfly or Kristie from Texas on June 21, 2018:
I was wondering how to find out the value of pennies. I have two books that are trifold and one book starts at 1940-1974D then the other trifold book starts at 1974- 2009. My grandpa collected them for me. I have three pennies that are from 1943 one has no letter and the other two has a D and the other one has an S. But they look like dimes. The book says that the School is because those were made in San Francisco and the D was made in Denver. If no letter than they were made in Philadelphia. How do I know what they are worth? Where would I look to find out?
Manuel on June 15, 2018:
1974 steel ?
Lowell on June 11, 2018:
I have two penny how much are the worth
tim on May 21, 2018:
i have a steel wheat penny. thats all i gotta say
David miiller on March 27, 2018:
What a1957 d wheat penny with no s in front of the states on the back
Vickie on March 23, 2018:
I have some wheat pennies leave pennies for sale from 1929 to 1958 give me a deal on them
john jinkle hymen on March 18, 2018:
wheat penny 1944 is there only three different mint marks
the no mark penny for Philly
and the s
is there any other marks ?
Daniel. on January 16, 2018:
Look never mind bruh,I'm trying to tell y'all but y'all ant wanna herd me but it's guchii,I got everyone of all y'all coins,and some hands full,who ever help me I'll bless them,from a blessing from JESUS to me...
Glynn London on September 18, 2017:
I have a 1970 quarter with the 1941 date. What do i do to sell it? Also i fhink i have a double die 1955 wheat ! I have moore but was curious about these.
Msanii Sketches on February 07, 2016:
I have a uncirculated 1938 wheat coin, no mint mark and in original casing, any value there
Shana on August 31, 2015:
Add Your Comm1942 Wheat penny no mint mark..which 1942s are worth $$ ??ent...
burnt on July 13, 2015:
1944 wheat penny how much
chase on March 20, 2015:
I have a 1943 s print wheat pennie silver in color any value there
Jenny on February 07, 2015:
I have some cones
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on October 28, 2014:
I always go to Ebay Susan. I would do a Google search for local coin dealers, you're likely to someone that would take them.
susan roberts on September 23, 2014:
I have a few and wanted to sell them. where could i sell them all at once. I had them since my husband died and dont want to keep them anymore. If I could get a number to a coin dealer who might want them that would be nice.
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 27, 2014:
Awesome find Jake!! Yes, that is a great find indeed. Even in rough condition, the 1922-D wheat penny is a gem. Thanks for taking the time to comment and share your story!!
Jake Rees on August 21, 2014:
Oldest one I've found was a 1922 D penny! I was so exicited when I found it. Though other recent sources says it's worth 2100 times what it was released for!
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on July 22, 2014:
*Shanise, thanks for the comment. These are more common dates but quite the find. It may be a good time to start saving them. With the new pennies out, wheat pennies should continue to climb. For selling coins, Ebay is always great. You don't have a lot of value here but a cool little hoard to say the least.
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on July 22, 2014:
*Matt, thanks for the comment. Old pennies can very in color ranges, depending on the outside elements. 1926 wheat pennies should be all copper. Steel pennies were only made in 1943, they have a silver looking coat. As for 1926, none were made. It is rare but perhaps you have a one-of-a-kind. If you can take a picture of it, send it to my email firstname.lastname@example.org I'll take a look at it and tell you what I see. Please take a picture of the front, back and rim, detailed as possible.
Shanise on July 19, 2014:
I just found a 1919,1930,1938,1941,1942,1944,1945,1946,& 1957 wheat pennies in my wallet how random is that I don't even know what to do with them!
matt on July 18, 2014:
I have a 1915 as my oldest bust my more uncommon ones is a 1926 no mint silver in color wheat head penny any ideas about why it's silver in color and a value estimate it got great detail and some copper tone to it as well
penny lewis on February 26, 2014:
i have a lot of wheat pennies. wheat pennies
are a great addition to your collection.
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on February 12, 2014:
Hello Elda. Thanks for visiting my page. What can I help you with? I'd be glad to help in any way that I can.
Eida on February 05, 2014:
I don't understand nothing plz help me
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on September 14, 2013:
Milan T, thanks for taking the time to comment. Since the new penny was designed, we're seeing an increase in values of the wheat penny and older pennies. Nearly 80 years old, not bad! I believe the oldest one that I found was 1910, I bought a 1826 Large Cent once, but sold it later. Appreciate the share, best to you.
Milan T on September 14, 2013:
Oldest one I found was 1935 with no mint mark.
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on September 05, 2013:
@Lorddraven2000, thanks for the comment. Hope you found it to be useful:)
@Shyron, thanks for the visit. Oh no, that's awful. I truly hate to hear that. Silver dollars are worth good money today, even with the price drop of silver. I don't blame you for not collecting, I've had similar issues. Not worth losing them again. Thanks again for the votes and shares, best wishes.
@Lifelovemystery, thanks for the comment:) Absolutely! I ended up selling all mine on Ebay. I found most of mine in penny rolls. If they are banked wrapped, you usually find one in a roll or two. Just cost a little bit of time. Since the U.S. Mint created the new penny design, wheat penny values have went up.
Michelle Orelup from Las Vegas, NV on September 05, 2013:
I have about a dozen wheat pennies - hardly a collection, but I've always been fascinated with them. I look forward to pulling them out and finding out their value. This is a great Hub!
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on September 05, 2013:
Thanks for the chart Lyric Writer. I no longer collect coins. I had a bank full of silver dollars and had a breakin and they were stolen. I did not start collecting again. Voted-up and interesting and shared.
Sam Little from Wheelwright KY on March 22, 2013:
Awesome hub. Now I can value my collection.