Rare Wheat Pennies

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In general, most wheat pennies are worth just a few cents (perhaps 10 cents). However, if worn and of a highly common date and mint mark combination, many wheat cents are quite valuable. In fact, some of the scarcest wheat cents are downright expensive - costing into the hundreds of dollars in the most worn condition. Here's the scoop. Full Bag of 5,000 Wheat back Pennies Pre 1959 US Lincoln Cent coins are often called wheaties, or wheat ear cents! Image of the Wheat Back Cents produced through 1958. 5,000 coins - Wow! Wheat-back Lincoln cents were made between 1909 and 1958. They depict Abraham Lincoln on the front. But which are the rarest wheat pennies? And what are the low-ball pricing figures and values for these rare Lincoln wheat cents? Let’s examine these 7 rare wheat pennies closer. The 1909-S VDB is one of the most popular rare coins from the modern era. Only 484,000 of these coins were struck.

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Cathay pacific cancel 777x. 1909 was the first year wheat penny coins were minted. Replacing Indian Head pennies, which were minted from 1859 through 1909, Lincoln pennies were welcomed by massive crowds that gathered at banks on the August 2nd day that the new one-cent coins arrived in commerce. While the coins were highly popular with the public from day one, there was initial outcry about the prominence of the initials of Victor David Brenner, the designer of the Lincoln wheat penny. His initials, VDB, are located on the reverse side near the rim and centered below the wheat stalks. The quick removal of the initials led to the creation of several varieties of wheat penny coins, which are discussed below.

Read up on the history of lincoln wheat pennies in this special blog post.

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The wheat penny is a classic iconic early 21st century American coin with a face value of 1 cent that was minted from 1909 to 1956.

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On a personal note we just love searching penny rolls for wheat and indian head pennies. Wheat pennies are still readily found in circulation and because of the relative price of just $25 for a box of these coins, they are cheap and will keep the coin roll searcher on his or her toes.

The Wheat Penny is also known by colelctors as the Wheat Cent. The coin is made out of mostly copper, but steel versions of the coin were issued during World War II.

In 1909 there were V.D.B. and Non V.D.B. marked pennies. VDB were the engraver Victor David Brenners initials. Victor Brenner was a United States sculptor and engraver whos most widely known for..you guessed it..the Penny :) The initials can be found on the reverse of the 1909 coin only. In 1918 they would be added much smaller to the front of the coin near Lincolns shoulder.

All Wheat Pennies are worth more than their face value of .01 cent. A good rule of thumb is that they are worth at least 3 or 4 cents even in poor condition, but those in good condition (not including special years) are worth at least double digit dollars ($10 or more) when purchased or sold in MS-63 condition. Findong a circulated coin in MS-63 is a long shot. You may get lucky and find your Grandma's stash, or maybe pick one up from a bank teller that just got dumped off during the holidays however. So keep your eyes out for a pretty one!

So what are they worth? Well choose a date below and a mint mark and explore for yourself, and be sure to pick up a few rolls of pennies next time you are at the bank.

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