7 Most Valuable Wheat Pennies To Collect & What They’re Worth Today

One of the most widely used American coins is the Lincoln wheat penny. They are incredibly popular among coin collectors and are collected by millions.

But which are the most rarest? And what are these rare Lincoln wheat cents' low-ball pricing estimates and values?

Even in the lowest collector grades, the 1909-S V.D.B. wheat penny commands a price tag of $700. There were only 484,000 of these coins produced.

1909-S V.D.B. Wheat Penny

Victor David Brenner's initials, abbreviated VDB, are located on the reverse, in the center, beneath the wheat stalks.

1909-S Wheat Penny

This coin is a rare San Francisco issue from 1909. The 1909 S coin, which had a total mintage of 1,825,000, is extremely rare, and many people are eager to acquire one.

The 1909-S wheat penny has very strong collector demand and is worth at least $80.

One of those penny rarities that just keeps getting more expensive over time is the 1914-D Lincoln cent.

1914-D Wheat Penny

The 1914-D, which was only struck in slightly over a million pieces, regularly sells for more than $175 in the lowest grades.

1922 "Plain" Wheat Penny Due to a flaw in the die, some 1922-D Lincoln wheat pennies never had a "D" under the date.

1922 “Plain” Wheat Penny

In the lowest grades, 1922-D wheat pennies without any sign of the mintmark can fetch over $500.

In the lowest collector grades, Lincoln pennies are currently selling for at least $80. San Francisco's production of Lincoln pennies suffered in 1931.

1931 S Wheat Penny

Only 866,000 of the coins were produced, making it a very significant or "key" Lincoln cent.

To help with the rationing of copper for military uses, the U.S. Mint minted pennies in steel in 1943. Over $100,000 was paid at auction for some 1943 bronze cents.

1943 Bronze Wheat Penny

Although the 1943 bronze Lincoln penny is very popular, it is not required to complete a collection of Lincoln cents.

The Philadelphia Mint produced more than 330,000,000 Lincoln pennies in 1955. Only a very small percentage of these had the obverse design's significant doubling.

1955 Doubled Die Obverse Wheat Penny

The lowest grades of 1955 doubled die obverse start at around $1,100.