Lincoln Penny Value is Amazing for the Right Coin

Today's Lincoln penny value for common date "wheat" cents dated 1909-1958 start at $1.50 for a roll of 50 coins.

Uncirculated Lincoln Penny Value

First minted in 1909, itself a desirable coin, the series also includes many other rare and valuable dates. For example, find a 1933-D and its minimum value is $2.30 If you have a 1931-S you are holding a coin worth at least $40.

Additionally, the better the state of preservation of your coins, the more appealing to collectors they become and the more they are willing to pay.

Pictured is a beautiful 1958 Uncirculated Lincoln Penny all collectors would enjoy adding to their collection. Gather and sort your Lincoln pennies and discover their values.

Lincoln Penny Value-What Dealers Pay

The following Lincoln penny value chart shows clearly dealers and collectors pay a premium for better grade coins. If your Wheat Cent is close to a higher grade and the much higher value, absolutely have it graded by either NGC or the PCGS grading service. More information about these services below.

Lincoln Penny Value
1909-1958
 Condition of Coin
DateGoodFineExtremely
Fine
Uncirculated
  Lincoln Penny Value Up-Dated 2015
1909 $1.82 $3.22 $4.48 $9.60
1909 VDB $9.10 $11 $14 $17
1909 S $79 $93 $196 $222
1909 S VDB $419 $616 $828 $1,009
1910 $0.29 $0.43 $4.21 $13
1910 S $7.67 $14 $43 $63
1911 $0.36 $0.95 $4.85 $17
1911 D $1.97 $7.80 $50 $67
1911 S $25 $40 $68 $113
1912 $0.96 $1.57 $11 $24
1912 D $3.98 $8.02 $66 $91
1912 S $11 $19 $65 $105
1913 $0.56 $1.25 $22 $29
1913 D $1.88 $3.84 $48 $59
1913 S $6.00 $14 $47 $112
1914 $0.40 $1.40 $15 $27
1914 D $103 $173 $711 $1,310
1914 S $13 $21 $79 $181
1915 $1.12 $3.86 $52 $49
1915 D $1.18 $3.02 $22 $51
1915 S $6.55 $20 $65 $121
1916 $0.15 $0.41 $6.39 $12
1916 D $0.79 $2.20 $16 $60
1916 S $0.88 $3.22 $24 $75
1917 $0.15 $0.44 $3.68 $13
1917 D $0.70 $2.11 $33 $53
1917 S $0.38 $0.90 $10 $52
1918 $0.15 $0.31 $3.54 $10
1918 D $0.75 $1.68 $14 $54
1918 S $0.36 $1.08 $9.75 $46
1919 $0.15 $0.31 $1.38 $7
1919 D $0.45 $0.92 $11 $49
1919 S $0.50 $1.01 $4.65 $41
1920 $0.10 $0.33 $1.99 $10
1920 D $0.72 $2.13 $17 $49
1920 S $0.55 $1.00 $11 $69
1921 $0.33 $0.53 $9.50 $30
1921 S $1.10 $2.75 $33 $62
1922 $388 $594 $1,655 RARE
1922 D $12 $18 $33 $71
1923 $0.28 $0.31 $4.59 $10
1923 S $3.04 $6.28 $33 $137
1924 $0.10 $0.33 $4.20 $14
1924 D $22 $38 $93 $167
1924 S $0.81 $2.06 $29 $76
1925 $0.10 $0.30 $2.05 $7
1925 D $0.78 $2.50 $14 $46
1925 S $0.53 $1.30 $11 $56
1926 $0.10 $0.26 $1.41 $6
1926 D $0.79 $0.92 $13 $53
1926 S $5.00 $8.23 $30 $100
1927 $0.10 $0.28 $1.35 $7
1927 D $0.79 $1.55 $5.84 $39
1927 S $0.90 $1.68 $13 $44
1928 $0.10 $0.28 $1.17 $8
1928 D $0.54 $1.34 $4.77 $27
1928 S $0.62 $1.83 $8.00 $45
1929 $0.10 $0.27 $1.99 $7
1929 D $0.38 $0.95 $4.76 $16
1929 S $0.38 $1.29 $5.29 $14
1930 $0.05 $0.28 $1.32 $3
1930 D $0.23 $0.27 $1.60 $8
1930 S $0.23 $0.29 $1.25 $7
1931 $0.34 $0.61 $3.26 $14
1931 D $2.92 $4.66 $12 $32
1931 S $40 $57 $93 $74
1932 $1.21 $2.06 $5.07 $13
1932 D $1.10 $1.79 $2.94 $13
1933 $1.12 $1.63 $4.77 $12
1933 D $2.31 $3.74 $11 $15
1934 $0.05 $0.18 $0.26 $6
1934 D $0.05 $0.25 $2.21 $20
1935 $0.05 $0.15 $0.25 $11
1935 D $0.05 $0.20 $0.35 $8
1935 S $0.05 $0.45 $0.88 $21
1936 $0.05 $0.16 $0.29 $4
1936 D $0.05 $0.18 $0.29 $5
1936 S $0.05 $0.20 $0.43 $10
1937 $0.05 $0.13 $0.30 $3
1937 D $0.05 $0.15 $0.28 $4
1937 S $0.05 $0.15 $0.29 $4
1938 $0.05 $0.13 $0.28 $8
1938 D $0.05 $0.29 $0.41 $9
1938 S $0.05 $0.23 $0.33 $7
1939 $0.05 $0.11 $0.15 $3
1939 D $0.03 $0.29 $0.44 $9
1939 S $0.04 $0.16 $0.29 $4
1940 $0.03 $0.12 $0.17 $2.49
1940 D $0.03 $0.19 $0.30 $3.54
1940 S $0.04 $0.19 $0.25 $2.81
1941 $0.03 $0.14 $0.25 $1.55
1941 D $0.03 $0.23 $0.33 $3.28
1941 S $0.04 $0.30 $0.33 $3.59
1942 $0.03 $0.12 $0.15 $1.27
1942 D $0.03 $0.12 $0.19 $1.49
1942 S $0.04 $0.30 $0.40 $6.05
1943 Zinc $0.08 $0.11 $0.18 $0.96
1943 D Zinc $0.10 $0.13 $0.29 $2.00
1943 S Zinc $0.14 $0.16 $0.35 $3.26
1944 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.39
1944 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.53
1944 S $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 $1.14
1945 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $1.12
1945 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.87
1945 S $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 $0.70
1946 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.44
1946 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.38
1946 S $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 $2.38
1947 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $2.65
1947 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.47
1947 S $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 $0.74
1948 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.78
1948 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $1.72
1948 S $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 $1.73
1949 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $2.10
1949 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $1.38
1949 S $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 $1.31
1950 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $1.45
1950 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.56
1950 S $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 $0.82
1951 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $1.73
1951 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.29
1951 S $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 $0.76
1952 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $1.63
1952 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.28
1952 S $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 $2.95
1953 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.39
1953 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.25
1953 S $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 $0.38
1954 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.41
1954 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.23
1954 S $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 $0.23
1955 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.39
1955 DLB DIE ** ** $1,063 $1,218.75
1955 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.19
1955 S $0.04 $0.04 $0.05 $0.28
1956 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.12
1956 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.14
1957 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.12
1957 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.11
1958 $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.11
1958 D $0.03 $0.03 $0.05 $0.11

The above are wholesale coin values. Computed from dealer's price lists with various mark-up factors figured in. They reflect closely what you would expect to receive when selling.

However do expect variations in value to occur subject to subtle grading points, collector demands and dealer needs. For more background information, see how value listings in the Coin Value Guide are determined.


Lincoln Penny Value is Conditional

To accurately determine your Lincoln penny value compare your coins to the images below and assign each a grade.

An easy way to grade the Lincoln cent is by the wheat stalks on the reverse. If all the parallel lines in the upper part are showing the coin is in Fine or better condition. No lines showing, the penny is in Good or worse condition. If all detail on the obverse and reverse is crisp and sharp, your coin is in Extremely Fine condition.

The better the condition means all the difference to a dealer. Their customers are continually looking for nicer examples to add to a collection. Therefore, Lincoln penny value is directly tied to the condition of your coins.

Is one or more of your wheat pennies in very nice condition and you are just not sure of its grade?

Collectors and dealers consider PCGS and NGC as leaders in coin grading services. They both authenticate and grade your coin. The small fee you pay provides assurance you understand and receive the full value of your coin.

It is also helpful to know grading a coin is not an exact science. It is your opinion, dealers and collectors have their own opinions... and they can all differ slightly.

Check a few rare coin dealers listings, look for those offering Wheat Cents for sale. Their listings of the higher value pennies usually include a notation of the NGC or PCGS assigned grade. Additionally... these dealers are potential buyers of your coins.

Value in Mintmarks and the 1909 "VDB"

Lincoln Penny Mintmark Location

The "S" mintmark indicates the Lincoln cent was minted in San Francisco. The "S" is found under the date. It holds a special fascination with collectors and is worth a slight premium to common date wheat cents.

Additionally, if the letter is a "D" it was minted in Denver. No mintmark under the date indicates the Philadelphia Mint produced the coin.


VDB Location on Lincoln Penny

Now let's find the "VDB." They are the designers, Victor D. Brenner initials. Only in 1909 where they placed on the reverse and only on part of the coinage. Find them on the reverse, along the rim, at the base of the wheat stalks. Since fewer coins where produced with the initials, check any 1909 wheat cent you have for the "VDB."


To quickly understand why one old penny is more valuable than another, visit rare coin dealer sites. Look for and compare coins similar to yours. Perhaps consider your coins as the beginnings of a collection. One successful approach is to sell them all and use the proceeds to purchase one nice rare coin... the one you where hoping the find in the box. Pass the thrill of a rare and valuable coin on to your children.

Lincoln Penny Value is Climbing Higher

From one year to the next your Lincoln penny value never stands still. New collectors take up the hobby. Seasoned collectors continually improve their collections. New varieties of over-dates, double-dies, or something different is always discovered and sparking interest in wheat pennies.

Keep in touch with coin values, return here whenever curious and update your Lincoln penny value.

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