The Top 13 Most Valuable Wheat Pennies in Circulation: Collector's Highlights

Apr 04, 2024

The 1909-S VDB is the most sought-after wheat penny. With only 484,000 coins minted, it commands a high price among collectors.

1909-S VDB

The 1914-D wheat penny is highly valued due to its low mintage of just 1,193,000 coins. Finding one in circulation is extremely rare.

1914-D

The 1922 Plain wheat penny is a rare variety. It does not have the traditional D or S mint marks, making it unique and valuable.

1922 Plain

The 1931-S wheat penny has a low mintage of 866,000 coins. It is highly sought after by collectors, especially in higher grades.

1931-S

The 1936-D wheat penny is known for its well-defined and sharp strike. It is considered one of the key dates in the wheat penny series.

1936-D

The 1943 Copper wheat penny is an extremely rare and valuable coin. Due to a minting error, a small number of pennies were struck in copper instead of zinc-coated steel.

1943 Copper

The 1944 Steel wheat penny is another error coin. It was minted on a steel planchet instead of the usual copper due to the shortage of copper during World War II.

1944 Steel

The 1955 Double Die wheat penny is one of the most famous and valuable error coins. The doubling on the obverse gives it a distinct and unique appearance.

1955 Double Die

The 1958-D wheat penny has a low mintage of 1,297,248. It is highly sought after by collectors, especially in uncirculated condition.

1958-D

The 1969-S Doubled Die wheat penny is an extremely rare variety. The doubling on the obverse is prominent and adds value to this coin.

1969-S Doubled Die

The 1972 Double Die wheat penny is often considered the second most valuable double die variety after the 1955. Collectors pay a premium for this coin.

1972 Double Die

The 1982-D Small Date wheat penny is a desirable and valuable variety. It has a smaller-sized date compared to the Large Date variety.

1982-D Small Date

The 1983 Copper wheat penny is yet another error coin. It was accidentally minted in copper instead of the zinc-coated steel composition.

1983 Copper