Top 17 Most Valuable Wheat Pennies

1943 D Lincoln Cent - Most Valuable Wheat Penny

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Did you know that the top 17 most valuable Wheat pennies all add up to just over $5,500,000 in value and each one is worth at least $100,000?

These United States one cents coins all sold at auction for record prices, however the most valuable Lincoln Wheat cents were sold privately to anonymous buyers from United States in 2010 and 2018.

You might notice that quite a few of these valuable wheat pennies are from 1943 & 1944. That's because they are the most rare dates due to a mistake in the minting process in those years.

In fact, the most valuable wheat penny is a 'one of a kind' from the Denver mint making it super rare and very valuable to own. Read more about it below.

Valuable Wheat Pennies Over $100,000

  1. 1914 S ($105,800)
  2. 1955 Doubled Die Obverse ($114,000)
  3. 1944 D Steel ($115,000)
  4. 1909 S VDB ($117,500)
  5. 1917 Doubled Die Obverse ($120,000)
  6. 1926 S ($129,500)
  7. 1914 D ($158,625)
  8. 1944 Steel ($158,625)
  9. 1943 ($204,000)
  10. 1943 S ($207,000)
  11. 1943 ($218,000)
  12. 1943 S ($282,000)
  13. 1943 (329,000)
  14. 1958 Doubled Die Obverse ($336,000)
  15. 1944 S Steel ($373,750)
  16. 1943 ($1,000,000+)
  17. 1943 D ($1,700,000)

#17) 1914 S Lincoln Wheat Cent (Bronze)

1914 S Lincoln Wheat Penny MS66RD

Image Source: PCGS

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: San Francisco (S)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 4,137,000
  • Value: $105,800 (MS66RD)

This is a good example of a low minted coin and that's why it sold for such a hefty price tag.

The 1914 S is the 7th lowest minted Lincoln Wheat Cent and this MS66RD represents one of the best quality versions of this coin that still exists uncirculated.

#16) 1955 Lincoln Wheat Cent (Doubled Die Obverse)

1955 Lincoln Wheat Penny Doubled Die Obverse MS65+RD

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  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: Philadelphia (No Mint Mark)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 33,058,000
  • Value: $114,000 (MS65+RD)

This is probably the finest example of the 1955 Doubled Die Obverse Cent.

Coming from the Philadephia Mint where the dies are the highest quality, you can see clearly with the naked eye the well defined obverse doubling.

Out of the 33,058,000 wheat cents that were minted in Philadelphia in 1955, around 40,000 of these mint errors were pressed.

Many of these errors were discovered and destroyed by the press inspector, however around 24,000 had already mixed in with the overall output for that day before he noticed the errored batch.

These 24,000 were bagged and released into the Federal Reserve System and started appearing in banks around Boston and New York.

It is estimated that only 3000 to 4000, 1955 Doubled Die Obverse pennies, still exist today.

As there are many counterfeits, it's highly recommended that you only buy a cent certified by a leading authority.

#15) 1944 D Lincoln Wheat Cent (Steel)

1944 D Lincoln Wheat Penny MS63

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  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: Denver (D)
  • Metal Composition: Zinc coated Steel
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 2.7 grams
  • Mintage: 7
  • Value: $115,000 (MS63)

The 1944 D Wheat Cent is one of the rarest Lincoln pennies that numismatics can collect. It is thought that only seven exist making it highly valuable.

They are significant because steel wheat cents were only supposed to be produced in 1943.

When Denver started to mint 1944 pennies, they were supposed to be made from the bronze (shellcase) alloy of 95% copper and 5% tin. The metal came from recycled shell casings during the war and no zinc was used in the minting process again until after 1946.

Some leftover zinc-coated steel plancets were still in the presses from 1943 when the new 1944 dies and bronze plancets were installed.

The silver colored wheat pennies made their way out of the mint and into circulation with the other bronze colored 1944 wheat cents.

They are known as off-metal error cents and the same also happened in 1943 except then it was bronze cents that were mint errors instead of steel cents.

#14) 1909 S VDB Lincoln Wheat Cent (Bronze)

1909 S VDB Lincoln Wheat Penny MS67RD

Image Source: PCGS

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: San Francisco (S)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 484,000
  • Value: $117,500 (MS67RD)

#13) 1917 Lincoln Wheat Cent (Doubled Die Obverse)

1917 Lincoln Wheat Penny Doubled Die Obverse MS67+RD

Image Source: PCGS

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: Philadelphia (No Mint Mark)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 196,429,785
  • Value: $120,000 (MS67+RD)

#12) 1926 S Lincoln Wheat Cent (Bronze)

1926 S Lincoln Wheat Penny MS65RD

Image Source: PCGS

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: San Francisco (S)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 4,550,000
  • Value: $149,500 (MS65RD)

#11) 1914 D Lincoln Wheat Cent (Bronze)

1914 D Lincoln Wheat Penny MS66+RD

Image Source: PCGS

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: Denver (D)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 1,193,000
  • Value: $158,625 (MS66+RD)

#10) 1944 Lincoln Wheat Cent (Steel)

1944 Lincoln Wheat Penny MS64

Image Source: PCGS

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: Philadelphia (No Mint Mark)
  • Metal Composition: Zinc coated Steel
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 2.7 grams
  • Mintage: 30
  • Value: $158,625 (MS64)

#9) 1943 Lincoln Wheat Cent (Bronze)

1943 Lincoln Wheat Penny AU53

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  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: Philadelphia (No Mint Mark)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 20
  • Value: $204,000 (AU53)

#8) 1943 S Lincoln Wheat Cent (Bronze)

1943 S Lincoln Wheat Penny VF35

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  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: San Francisco (S)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 5
  • Value: $207,000 (VF35)

#7) 1943 Lincoln Wheat Cent (Bronze)

1943 Lincoln Wheat Penny AU58

Image Source: Heritage Auctions

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: Philadelphia (No Mint Mark)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 20
  • Value: $218,500 (AU58)

#6) 1943 S Lincoln Wheat Cent (Bronze)

1943 S Lincoln Wheat Penny AU58BN

Image Source: PCGS

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: San Francisco (S)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 5
  • Value: $282,000 (AU58BN)

#5) 1943 Lincoln Wheat Cent (Bronze)

1943 Lincoln Wheat Penny AU55

Image Source: PCGS

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: Philadelphia (No Mint Mark)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 20
  • Value: $329,000 (AU55)

#4) 1958 Lincoln Wheat Cent (Doubled Die Obverse)

1958 Lincoln Wheat Penny Doubled Die Obverse MS64RD

Image Source: PCGS

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: Philadelphia (No Mint Mark)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 252,525,000
  • Value: $336,000 (MS64RD)

#3) 1944 S Lincoln Wheat Cent (Steel)

1944 S Lincoln Wheat Penny MS66

Image Source: PCGS

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: San Francisco (S)
  • Metal Composition: Zinc coated Steel
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 2.7 grams
  • Mintage: 2
  • Value: $373,750 (MS66)

#2) 1943 Lincoln Wheat Cent (Bronze)

1943 Lincoln Wheat Penny MS63RD

Image Source: PCGS

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: Philadelphia (No Mint Mark)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 20
  • Value: $1,000,000+ (MS63RD)

#1) 1943 D Lincoln Wheat Cent (Bronze)

1943 D Lincoln Wheat Penny MS64BN

Image Source: USA Coinbook

  • Designer: Victor David Brenner
  • Mint: Denver (D)
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin & Zinc
  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Mintage: 1
  • Value: $1,700,000 (MS64BN)