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Wheat Cent Values – Coin Price Guide

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Wheat Cent Values

The always popular Lincoln wheat penny, launched by the U.S. Mint in 1909, are beloved by casual collectors and serious numismatists alike. While some original edition pennies from 1909 boast significant collectible value, there are other editions of the Lincoln coveted by coin collectors as well. For instance, a 1933-D may have a value at or above $2.30. A 1931-S could command $40 or more in the collectibles market.

Of course, some mint years may be valued much higher than others, and other factors such as minting location, condition and scarcity also play a role in the value of any given coin. Well-preserved coins are generally valued significantly higher than similar coins that been worn through circulation or poor preservation.

Coin dealers and collectors are willing to pay a significant premium for superior condition or highly graded Lincoln Wheat Pennies. The values of collectible wheat pennies in good condition range from a couple of dollars to over $1000. If you own a Lincoln Wheat Penny, in great condition, from a desirable year, you may benefit from having your penny graded by an NGC or PCGS grading service.In having your wheat cent graded, you will gain a better idea as to the value of your penny. The grading process is exacting, and takes into account very subtle grading points as well as factoring in collector and dealer demand.
LINCOLN WHEAT PENNY VALUE IS CONDITIONALTo gauge the approximate grade of your Lincoln Wheat Penny, you must minutely examine the coin. One simple detail to inspect is the wheat stalks on the coin’s reverse. If the lines at the tops of the wheat stalks remain crisp, clear and robust, the coin may be in extremely fine condition. If the parallel lines at the top of the wheat stalk are easily observable, the coin is likely in fine or perhaps even better condition.

If the penny bears significant circulation wear, the lines at the tops of the stalks will be worn down or possibly even worn away. In this case, the coin might be in good or a lesser condition. Of course, the coin’s other details must also be in excellent condition to be assigned a grade of extremely fine, with little to no signs of wear or erosion. Simply put, the better the overall condition of your Lincoln Wheat Penny, the more desirable it may be to dealers and collectors, and therefore more valuable.


If you have a Lincoln Wheat Penny that you believe to be in excellent condition, submitting your coin to NGC or PCGS for professional grading may be a good idea. Coin grading services are in tune with the market and will give you the best information as to how your Lincoln Wheat Penny may be valued. The small fee charged for having your penny graded can be a savvy investment if you wish to sell your coin to your advantage. Coins that have been graded typically sell for higher premiums than non-graded coins, so a grading fee may pay for itself.


The value of Lincoln Wheat Pennies constantly shifts due to demand. Over a period of years, wheat penny values may increase based on the trajectory of their historical values. This happens for numerous reasons, including new collectors entering the market or established collectors gaining an interest in this important American coin. Additionally, new varieties such as double-dies or over-dates may come to light, enhancing the allure of Lincoln Wheat Pennies.

Lincoln Penny Values

1909 Lincoln Penny$4$6$8$12
1909 Lincoln Penny (S)$100$125$225$250
1910 Lincoln Penny$0.35$1$4$10
1910 Lincoln Penny (S)$17$22$45$80
1911 Lincoln Penny$0.45$1.50$6$11
1911 Lincoln Penny (D)$6$10$50$75
1911 Lincoln Penny (S)$50$60$85$110
1912 Lincoln Penny$1.25$2.25$13$25
1912 Lincoln Penny (S)$24$29$75$110
1912 Lincoln Penny (D)$7$10$65$100
1913 Lincoln Penny$0.85$2$18$27
1913 Lincoln Penny (D)$3$4.50$50$70
1913 Lincoln Penny (S)$14$20$60$100
1914 Lincoln Penny$0.75$2$20$40
1914 Lincoln Penny (D)$200$300$875$1,550
1914 Lincoln Penny (S)$24$30$85$175
1915 Lincoln Penny$1.75$5$60$70
1915 Lincoln Penny (D)$2$4$22$45
1915 Lincoln Penny (S)$20$30$70$135
1916 Lincoln Penny$0.30$0.75$8$13
1916 Lincoln Penny (D)$1$3$15$35
1916 Lincoln Penny (S)$1.75$3.50$25$50
1917 Lincoln Penny$0.30$0.50$4$10
1917 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.80$1.75$35$50
1917 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.50$1$10$25
1918 Lincoln Penny$0.20$0.50$3$8
1918 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.75$2.50$12$35
1918 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.50$2$11$32
1919 Lincoln Penny$0.20$0.40$3.25$5
1919 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.50$1$10$32
1919 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.20$1$6$18
1920 Lincoln Penny$0.20$0.35$2.25$4
1920 Lincoln Penny (D)$1$3$19$40
1920 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.50$1.50$10$35
1921 Lincoln Penny$0.50$1.30$9$22
1921 Lincoln Penny (S)$1.50$3.50$35$75
1922 Lincoln Penny$20$25$40$75
1923 Lincoln Penny$0.35$0.65$5$9.50
1923 Lincoln Penny (S)$5$7$40$90
1924 Lincoln Penny$0.20$0.40$5$10
1924 Lincoln Penny (D)$40$50$125$175
1924 Lincoln Penny (S)$2.00$3.50$20$75
1925 Lincoln Penny$0.20$0.35$3$6.50
1925 Lincoln Penny (D)$1.00$2.50$13$30
1925 Lincoln Penny (S)$1.00$2.00$12$30
1926 Lincoln Penny$0.20$0.30$2$4
1926 Lincoln Penny (D)$1.35$3.50$14$32
1926 Lincoln Penny (S)$9$13$35$75
1927 Lincoln Penny$0.20$0.30$2$3.50
1927 Lincoln Penny (D)$1.25$2.75$7.50$25
1927 Lincoln Penny (S)$1.50$3$15$40
1928 Lincoln Penny$0.20$0.30$2$3
1928 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.75$1.75$5.50$17
1928 Lincoln Penny (S)$1$2.75$9.50$30
1929 Lincoln Penny$0.20$0.30$2$4
1929 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.40$1.25$5.50$13
1929 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.50$1.65$5.80$14
1930 Lincoln Penny$0.15$0.25$1.25$2
1930 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.20$0.30$2.50$4
1930 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.20$0.30$1.75$6
1931 Lincoln Penny$0.50$1$4$9
1931 Lincoln Penny (D)$5$7$13.50$37
1931 Lincoln Penny (S)$60$85$125$150
1932 Lincoln Penny$1.50$2$4.50$12
1932 Lincoln Penny (D)$1.50$2.50$4.50$11
1933 Lincoln Penny$1.50$2.50$6.25$13
1933 Lincoln Penny (D)$3.50$5.50$12$19
1934 Lincoln Penny$0.15$0.20$1$4
1934 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.20$0.50$2.25$7.50
1935 Lincoln Penny$0.15$0.20$0.50$1
1935 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.15$0.20$0.50$2
1935 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.15$0.25$2$5
1936 Lincoln Penny$0.15$0.25$1.50$2.60
1936 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.15$0.30$1$2
1936 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.15$0.40$1$3
1937 Lincoln Penny$0.15$0.30$1$2
1937 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.15$0.25$1$3
1937 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.15$0.30$1$3
1938 Lincoln Penny$0.15$0.30$1$2
1938 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.20$0.50$1.25$3
1938 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.40$0.60$1.10$3
1939 Lincoln Penny$0.15$0.20$0.50$1
1939 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.50$0.65$1.25$3
1939 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.15$0.30$1$2.50
1940 Lincoln Penny$0.15$0.20$0.60$1
1940 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.15$0.25$0.75$2
1940 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.15$0.20$1$1.75
1941 Lincoln Penny$0.15$0.20$0.60$1.50
1941 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.15$0.20$1$3
1941 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.15$0.30$1$3
1942 Lincoln Penny$0.15$0.20$0.50$0.75
1942 Lincoln Penny (D)$0.15$0.20$0.50$0.85
1942 Lincoln Penny (S)$0.20$0.30$1.25$5.50
1943 Lincoln PennyN/A$0.30$0.40$0.50
1943 Lincoln Penny (D)N/A$0.35$0.45$0.75
1943 Lincoln Penny (S)$N/A$0.40$0.75$1
1944 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1944 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1944 Lincoln Penny (S)N/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1945 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1945 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1945 Lincoln Penny (S)N/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1946 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1946 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1946 Lincoln Penny (S)N/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1947 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.20$0.40
1947 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.20$0.40
1947 Lincoln Penny (S)N/AN/A$0.25$0.50
1948 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1948 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1948 Lincoln Penny (S)N/AN/A$0.30$0.35
1949 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1949 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1949 Lincoln Penny (S)N/AN/A$0.30$0.35
1950 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1950 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1950 Lincoln Penny (S)N/AN/A$0.25$0.35
1951 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.25$0.35
1951 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.12$0.35
1951 Lincoln Penny (S)N/AN/A$0.30$0.50
1952 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.15$0.35
1952 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.15$0.25
1952 Lincoln Penny (S)N/AN/A$0.20$0.35
1953 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.15$0.20
1953 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.15$0.20
1953 Lincoln Penny (S)N/AN/A$0.15$0.20
1954 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.35$0.45
1954 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.12$0.20
1954 Lincoln Penny (S)N/AN/A$0.12$0.20
1955 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.12$0.15
1955 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.12$0.15
1955 Lincoln Penny (S)N/AN/A$0.30$0.40
1956 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.12$0.15
1956 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.12$0.15
1957 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.12$0.15
1957 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.12$0.15
1958 Lincoln PennyN/AN/A$0.12$0.15
1958 Lincoln Penny (D)N/AN/A$0.12$0.15
Source: Red Book