Grading Old Pennies and Value

Accurate value of old pennies depends on accurate judgment of their condition. Grading old pennies is covered with videos, images and descriptions of specific series. As an example, a "wheat" penny with fully separated lines at the ends of the wheat ears is above average in grade. It is these high condition Lincoln cents that now trade at premium collector values.

Grading Old Pennies

Collectors and dealers always evaluate the condition of every old penny, assign a "grade," and only then place a value. You can do the same grading old pennies.

American Large Cent:
  • Scarce in nice, high grade condition, large cents have a dedicated following of collectors. If curls in Liberty's hair are visible and separated your coin is a candidate for the "fine" grade and eagerly sought.
Indian Head Pennies:
  • A quick check and finding all letters of "Liberty" showing in the head band is a good sign your Indian penny deserves a closer look. Subtle points often spot a very collectible coin.
Lincoln Wheat Cents:
  • Inspect the reverse of your wheat penny first. Fine lines separated and wheat grains recognizable are good indications of a higher grade. Many date and mintmark combinations in lightly worn or better condition are surprisingly valuable.

Grading Old Pennies | How to Videos

Video | Grading Indian Head Pennies

Value charts of Indian pennies list how much your coin is worth according to its condition. Depending on the amount of wear a coin exhibits a "grade" is assigned to these different levels of condition.

Viewing the video, Grading Indian Head Pennies, important details are highlighted helping you judge the best grade of your coin. Once these details are pointed out (some subtle) it then becomes easier to value your coins. Supporting the video are enhanced images and descriptions.

Video | Grading Lincoln Wheat Pennies

Oh so popular, "wheat" pennies are one coin where an accurate judgment of condition does find higher value examples.

As highlighted in the video, Grading Lincoln Wheat Pennies, if you start by looking at the reverse of your coin and find complete lines at the ends of the stalks, there is potential of higher value.

Along whith the video, the enlarged images help you quickly recognize and separate these premium value old pennies.

Now You Can Grade | Discover Old Penny Values

Within each old penny series -- Date | Mintmark | Condition -- Determines Value. Becoming comfortable with judging the condition of your coins and importantly, recognizing the above average examples, discovers their true value.

  1. Large cents, the oversized coin in the above image, is scarce in nice condition. Judging your coin as "Fine" grade (look for separated lines in hair curls) or higher places it well within the higher quality collectible range.

  2. Every Indian penny is treasured by someone. Heavily worn examples are worth 25 cents or more and fascinating to kids. If your coin is in "Extremely Fine" grade or better many dates are important to advanced collectors.

  3. Lincoln Wheat Pennies are now becoming quite old, last year of issue was 1958. True they are still available today in large quantities; however the quest for quality by collectors has raised the value of many. Looking at the earlier years (1909-1920), any with full wheat ear detail is now a premium collector coin.

Grading Old Coins || Video Index

It is not always the combination of date and mintmark raising your old pennies to the scarce and valuable level. Often it's your coin's condition, or "grade" as referred to by collectors.

Avidly sought are nice quality examples (of any coin series) to add to collections. How-to-videos detail the subtle insights into grading not only old pennies but the condition of all your old coins.

Coin Values Discovery Highlights... Grading Old Pennies and...

All old US coin values; reflecting a strong collector following. Plus, if your old pennies are in a higher grade, demand is strong also. Additionally within each series are rare date and mintmark combinations. Revisit your box of old coins, today's value charts show a steady increase.

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