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Lincoln Cent Value Wheat

Mint State (MS) Lincoln Wheat Cent

Lincoln Wheat Values By Date

Teens
Mintage
F12
VF30
EF45
AU55
MS63RD
MS65RD
72,700,000
$4.00
$4.25
$4.50
$5.50
$20
$150
484,000
$1,150
$1,300
$1,400
$1,700
$2,200
$6,500
27,995,000
$5
$6
$7
$8
$50
$150
1,825,000
$110
$130
$150
$210
$450
$1200
Inc above
$130
$150
$175
$225
$500
$1,300
146,801,218
.30
.40
.50
1.60
$55
$190
6,045,000
$22
$24
$35
$70
$175
$500
101,177,787
.75
$1.50
$2.00
$5.00
$45
$400
12,672,000
$7
$11
$15
$74
$250
$900
1911-D Over D
Inc above
 
 
 
 
 
 
4,026,000
$45
$50
$55
$95
$300
$1,500
68,153,060
$1.50
$2.00
$10
$30
$70
$200
10,411,000
$8
$15
$65
$100
$350
$1,400
4,431,000
$27
$30
$60
$125
$300
$2,312
76,532,352
$1
$2
$3
$20
$85
$250
15,804,000
$4
$8
$40
$50
$175
$1,700
6,101,000
$18
$22
$33
$48
$200
$1,610
75,238,432
$2
$12
$20
$40
$90
$600
1,193,000
$230
$345
$800
$1,552
$3,450
$6,575+
4,137,000
$30
$35
$69
$149
$400
$2,990
29,092,120
$2.50
$5
$30
$50
$80
$621
22,050,000
$3
$4
$15
$20
$70
$599
4,833,000
$35
$50
$70
$109
$460
$2,760
131,833,677
.75
1.75
$10
$13
$60
$276
35,956,000
$1.25
$3.00
$13
$48
$149
$1,380
22,510,000
$1.50
$5
$20
$59
$207
$6,000+
196,429,785
.25
.30
$1.50
$5.00
$99
$373
1917-P Doubled Die Obverse
Inc above
$400
$850
$1,150
$1,300
$1,840
$24,150
55,120,000
.35
.40
$8
$33
$150
$900+
32,620,000
.30
.35
$4
$30
$276
$2,070+
288,104,634
.20
.25.
.30
$8
$54
$184
47,830,000
.35
.40
$4
$40
$140
$1,150+
34,680,000
.50
$1
$3
$9
$299
$1,380
392,021,000
.20
.30
.50
$2
$25
$172
57,154,000
.50
$1
$2
$10
$138
$1,840+
139,760,000
.30
.40
.50
$3
$75
$4,312
1920’s
Mintage
F12
VF30
EF45
AU55
MS63RD
MS65RD
310,165,000
.30
.40
$2
$4
$31
$195
49,280,000
$3
$6
$25
$43
$115
$1,092
46,220,000
.50
$2.50
$10
$32
$299
$1,495
39,157,000
$1.30
$4
$12
$31
$84
$218
15,274,000
$6
$15
$42
$69
$322
$1,610+
7,160,000
$25
$28
$50
$64
$207
$1,610
1922 Weak D
Inc above
$69
$99
$104
$172
$632+
$7,762
Inc above
$431
$1,265
$2,070
$2,450
$5,462
$49,450
74,723,000
.60
$3.50
$7
$19
$56
$253
8,700,000
$6
$15
$69
$115
$920+
$6,900+
75,178,000
.40
$1
$6
$15
$69
$805
2,520,000
$50
$70
$89
$184
$402
$1,610+
11,696,000
$2.75
$10
$36
$69
$517
$2,075
139,949,000
.20
.30
$1.50
$10
$60
$89
22,580,000
$2.45
$6
$25
$36
$195
$2,760
26,380,000
$1.85
$15
$25
$35
$488
$4,025+
157,088,000
.30
.50
$3
$6
$35
$84
28,020,000
$3.50
$20
$25
$30
$195
$3,737
4,550,000
$13
$32
$42
$69
$977
$3,737
144,440,000
.30
.60
$2
$5
$39
$115
27,170,000
$2.75
$4.25
$9
$33
$104
$402
14,276,000
$3
$7
$17
$37
$345
$3,220
134,116,000
.30
$1
$4
$15
$48
$115
31,170,000
$1.75
$5
$30
$50
$115
$517
17,266,000
$2.75
$5
$9
$23
$253
$3,450
185,262,000
.30
$1.50
$3
$20
$47
$99
41,730,000
$1.25
$3.50
$7
$15
$62
$446
50,148,000
$1.65
$3.50
$7
$16
$44
$299
1930’s
Mintage
AU58
MS60
MS63RD
MS64RD
MS66RD
 
157,415,000
$2
$6
$15
$29
$56
 
40,100,000
$5
$12
$20
$60
$322
 
24,286,000
$6
$10
$25
$42
$253
 
19,396,000
$10
$20
$35
$69
$431
 
4,480,000
$36
$50
$74
$84
$322
 
866,000
$150
$160
$195
$253
$1,035
 
9,062,000
$15
$20
$48
$60
$200
 
10,500,000
$10
$20
$50
$60
$575
 
14,360,000
$10
$15
$21
$59
$276
 
6,200,000
$15
$30
$60
$74
$373
 
219,080,000
$8
$15
$30
$40
$60
 
28,446,000
$9
$20
$26
$42
$172
 
245,388,000
$5
$15
$20
$34
$75
 
47,000,000
$2
$10
$25
$30
$84
 
38,702,000
$7
$12
$15
$28
$299
 
309,632,000
$3
$5
$10
$25
$44
 
1936 DDO Type I
Inc above
$488
$600
$800
$1,840
$5,175
 
1936 Brilliant Finish
5,569
$200
$350
$690
$3,450
 
1936 Satin Finish
Inc above
$200
$450
$746
$4,325
 
40,620,000
$3
$4
$7
$25
$69
 
29,130,000
$3
$5
$7
$22
$138
 
309,170,000
$2
$3
$5
$35
$74
 
50,430,000
$3
$7
$15
$18
$109
 
34,500,000
$4
$5
$10
$22
$84
 
156,682,000
$3
$4
$9
$11
$39
 
20,010,000
$4
$4
$10
$15
$47
 
15,180,000
$3
$4
$8
$18
$50
 
316,466,000
$2
$3
$5
$7
$24
 
15,160,000
$4
$5
$7
$10
$35
 
52,070,000
$6
$8
$10
$18
$36
 
1940’s
 
MS63RD
MS65RD
MS66RD
MS67RD
 
 
586,810,000
$6
$12
$30
$94
 
 
81,390,000
$7
$11
$24
$65
 
 
112,940,000
$6
$17
$26
$84
 
 
1940-S/S/S
Inc above
$60
$99
$132+
 
 
887,018,000
$9
$15
$44
$100+
 
 
1941 Double die rev
Inc above
$632
$2,185
$3,220
 
 
128,700,000
$5
$15
$30+
$109
 
 
1941-S
92,360,000
$6
$36
$50
$84
 
 
657,796,000
$5
$12
$24
$74+
 
 
206,698,000
$6
$14
$21
$74+
 
 
1942-S Look for RPM’s S/S – S/S/S
85,590,000
$7
$14
$32
$80
 
 
Steel Planchets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
684,628,670
$1.50
$10
$40
$70
 
 
1943 DDO
Inc above
$373
$700
$977
 
 
1943-P Copper instead of steel
Inc above
 
 
217,660,000
$3
$18
$59
$99
 
 
1943-D/D RPM
Inc above
$373
$805
$2,530
$5,000+
 
 
1943-D Copper (Rare)
Inc above
 
 
191,550,000
$6
$21
$56
$99+
 
 
Copper Planchet
 
MS63RD
MS65RD
MS66RD
MS67RD
 
 
1,435,000,000
$7
$16
$30
$69
 
 
430,578,000
$1
$12
$28
$109
 
 
1944 D/S Variety 1
Inc above
$450
 
 
282,760,000
.85
$8
$24
$94
 
 
1,040,515,000
.85
$4
$44
$207
 
 
266,268,000
.85
$19
$34
$138
 
 
181,770,000
.85
$7
$35
$90
 
 
991,655,000
.85
$10
$35
$90
 
 
315,690,000
.85
$10
$35
$90
 
 
181,770,000
.85
$16
$25
$89
 
 
1946 S/D RPM
Inc above
$225
 
 
190,555,000
.85
$29
$56
$2,300
 
 
194,750,000
.85
$16
$99
$474
 
 
99,000,000
.85
$18
$32
$172+
 
 
317,570,000
.85
$18
$184
$488
 
 
172,637,500
.85
$30
$46
$138
 
 
81,735,000
$1
$16
$23
$74
 
 
217,775,000
.85
$21
$195
$1,265
 
 
153,132,500
.85
$18
$126
$322
 
 
64,290,000
$1
$16
$34
$149
 
 
1950-58
 
MS64RD
MS65RD
MS66RD
MS67RD
 
 
272,635,000
$1.50
$10
$15
$500
 
 
334,950,000
$1.50
$8
$15
$250
 
 
118,505,000
$1.75
$10
$20
$250
 
 
284,576,000
$2
$15
$20
$90
 
 
625,355,000
$1
$10
$25
$700
 
 
136,010,000
$1.25
$12
$15
$75
 
 
186,775,000
$3
$18
$20
$75
 
 
746,130,000
$1
$11
$20
$75
 
 
137,800,004
$4
$14
$20
$500
 
 
256,755,000
$5
$16
$20
$90
 
 
700,515,000
$2
$11
$20
$135
 
 
181,835,000
$2
$12
$25
$175
 
 
71,640,050
$3
$15
$30
$175
 
 
251,552,500
$1
$12
$20
$75
 
 
96,190,000
$2
$14
$25
$190
 
 
330,958,200
$1
$18
$25
$55
 
 
Inc above
$20000
$40000
 
 
 
 
563,257,500
$1
$15
$15
$100
 
 
44,610,000
$1.50
$20
$25
$155
 
 
420,745,000
$1
$11
$18
$175
 
 
1,098,201,100
$1
$10
$15
$55
 
 
282,540,000
$1
$11
$18
$175
 
 
1,051,342,000
$1
$10
$15
$75
 
 
252,525,000
$1
$12
$15
$50
 
 
800,953,300
$1
$11
$18
$75
 
 

Lincoln Wheat Cent Value Facts:A Lincoln Wheat Cent value is dependent on the rarity of the date and mint since most are common and worth around three cents or melt value. Lincoln Wheat Cents dated in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s are common dates and mints with the exception of the 1931-S which is a key date worth at least $50 in the lower grade of G4.

You have a few better dates and mints in the early 1930’s that can be worth a few cents to a dollar, like the 1931-D or 1932-D, in average circulated grades but these are exceptions. The 1920’s Lincoln Wheat Cents begin to increase in value by a few cents but still not extremely rare, although the 1924-D is a good date to obtain and the key dates in this decade are the 1922-D No D and the 1922-D is a semi-key date.

The teen dates, 1909-1919, are more valuable than any other Wheat Cent decade but coins dated 1916-1919 tend to be common in circulated grades but coins with S or D mint marks from 1915 and earlier are worth a few dollars and more. However the key date of the entire series is the 1909-S VDB and it’s value is $500 and up. You also have the 1909-S and the 1914-D that are valuable in most grades.

(Note: The 1943-S,P,D are the most desirable 1940’s dates and mints since they’re the only year that Lincoln Wheat Cents were minted with a composition of zinc plated steel planchets.)

Grade – Condition:

The exception to the values listed above is grade, since higher grade Lincoln Wheat Cent examples will bring higher premiums. The common dates Wheat Cents don’t have much of a premium until they’re about uncirculated (AU) and most must be mint state (MS) before they’re valuable.

Gem grade examples (MS65) and up will be extremely valuable for most dates from 1936 and earlier, but it must be MS67 or higher with coins 1936-58 with the exception of the key dates or better dates. (Better dates tend to be lower mintage dates and mints when compared to other dates and mints.)

G4 Lincoln Wheat Cent

Varieties:

It seems just about every Lincoln Wheat Cent date and mint have examples of RPM (repunched Mint mark) or doubled dies, but most are only worth a few dollars. The 1955 doubled die is one of the most valuable but there’s other doubled dies that hold a premium. You should consult reputable variety publications or experts before determining the value of a variety since there might be several doubled die varieties for the same date and mint and only one will be valuable.

Precious Metal Content:

A Lincoln Wheat Cent is always worth it’s weight in melt value since they’re 95% copper and collectors tend to hoard these as the poor man’s “silver”.

Specifications: 1909-58 Lincoln Wheat Cent

Designer: Victor David Brenner

Diameter: 19 millimeters
Metal content: Copper – 95%, Tin and Zinc – 5%
Weight: 48 grains (3.11 grams)
Specifications:
Designer: Victor David Brenner
Diameter: 19 millimeters

Mint State (MS) Original Lincoln Steel Cent

1943 Steel Wheat (War Time) Cent Specifications

Metal content: Steel – 100%, coated with a thin layer of Zinc

Weight: 42.0 grains (2.7 grams)

Mint Mark: Below the date and if there’s not a mint mark then it’s was minted at the Philadelphia Mint. (1922 No D has no mint mark but was struck at the Denver Mint.)

Value Facts: 1943 Steel Cents were minted at Philadelphia, Denver (D) and San Francisco (S) U.S. Mints and if the coin does not have a mint mark then it’s was minted in Philadelphia (mint mark is below the date). The “S” mint mark is the lowest mintage followed by the “D” mint mark but they’re still above the 100 million so they’re not extremely rare.

However, since the steel rusts and the zinc turns powdery then they become more rare in problem free, mint condition, and more valuable, but you can still buy uncirculated examples for a few dollars each. Furthermore the 1943 Wheat Cents are not made of silver and will stick to a magnet.

Re-purposed:

Steel cents were often re-purposed and that means they were cleaned and re-plated with zinc or mercury – this damages the coin and reduces their value. Re-purposed steel cents will often be more shiny than usual or have a blue tone.

Lincoln Wheat Cent Value By Date and Mint

1911-D Over D (RPM) Lincoln Wheat Cent
1917-P Doubled Die Obverse Lincoln Wheat Cent
1920’s Series Weat Reverse
1922 Weak D Lincoln Wheat Cent
1930’s Series Wheat Reverse
1936 DDO Type I Most Valuable
1936 Brilliant Finish PR Only
1936 Satin Finish    PR Only
1940’s Series Wheat Reverse
1940-S/S/S Lincoln Wheat Cent
1941 Double die reverse Lincoln Wheat Cent
1941-S Look for DDR Lincoln Wheat Cent
1942-S Look for RPM’s S/S – S/S/S
Zinc Coated Steel Planchets
1943 DDO Lincoln Wheat Cent
1943-P Copper instead of steel
1943-D/D RPM Lincoln Wheat Cent
1943-D Copper (Rare)
Copper Planchets Resumed
1944 D/S Variety 1 Lincoln Wheat Cent
1946 S/D RPM Lincoln Wheat Cent
1950-58 Series Wheat Reverse