Thursday, May 28, 2009

1944 Lincoln, Wheat Ears Reverse

Do you have a penny and want to find out its value? Leave a comment and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Half all of the traffic to this blog are inquiries about the 1944 U.S. Cent. I've posted it about in the past and still most visitors disregard the entry and still ask if the coin is super-valuable.

I'm truly sorry but it's not.

Even if you were to find one in Mint State 65, no trace of wear, barely noticeable blemishes, and full red color, it would only be worth $3.00 in retail and $0.50 average buyer's price.


Finding this well circulated 1944 cent in my change marked the 20th time I found this particular coin. The only reason I don't put it back in circulation is over fears I'll find it again. There are 14 known Doubled Die Obverses and 3 Doubled Die Reverses all hold a small premium. There are some made from the 1943 steel blanks worth thousands and other off-metal errors worth a lot.

Here's the stat...
Year: 1944
Mintage: 1,435,400,000
Metal: 95% copper 5% zinc
Value: G-4 $0.02 or VF-20 $0.10 or EF-40 $0.20

Still if you have question about this coin feel free to ask. I understand that finding a 65 year old coin is still something special.

Do you have a wheat cent and want to find out its value? Leave a comment and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

65 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Kelly said...

so, lets say I have one of those and it isn't all dinged up...worth anything?

;)

(teasing, only, I promise!)

Man said...

You'll get more money sell it for scrap or throwing it in a wishing well.

Anonymous said...

I have a 2003 1 dollar bill that is obviously smaller by at least 1/8 inch than any other 2003 I have compaired it to. The overall actual size is smaller and the graphics are also smaller but it looks real in every other way. Do I have a fake or is it a printing error. Also, if it is real does it have any value other than its face value of $1.00?

Anonymous said...

I have a 2003A series $1 bill. Its overall lenght is 5/8 inch smaller than other 2003 $1 bills and 5/16 smaller in height. Additionally, Washingtons Portrait is smaller. It's width measures 1 3/16. The overall actual size is smaller and the graphics are also smaller but it looks real in every other way. Do I have a fake or is it a printing error. Also, if it is real does it have any value other than its face value of $1.00?

Man said...

2003 1 dollar bill that is obviously smaller by at least 1/8 inch than any other 2003 I have compaired it to. The overall actual size is smaller and the graphics are also smaller but it looks real in every other way.
Sounds real just shrunk due to humidity or wetness, no extra value.

2003A series $1 bill. Its overall lenght is 5/8 inch smaller than other 2003 $1 bills and 5/16 smaller in height. Additionally, Washingtons Portrait is smaller. It's width measures 1 3/16. The overall actual size is smaller and the graphics are also smaller but it looks real in every other way.
Again this is normal shirnage since it is not paper but cloth used to make thesr bill they will shrink when wet even from the mint they can get a cleaning solution that shrinks the cotton.
No extra value.

Kelly said...

Man- I did some coin sorting this weekend, and came away with a few interesting finds. Just wanted to get your opinion on a few...

I can barely tell, but it is either a 1919 or a 1949 (thinking it is 49 because of the spacing) D or S mint wheat penny. It is worn in just the wrong spot :\

(several other wheat pennies)

1972 S mint penny in fairly good condition.

1942 Canadian 1 Cent (unsure of mint...don't know what to look for/where).

1948 Nickel

1958 Dime (D mint)

Man said...

1919 or a 1949 (thinking it is 49 because of the spacing) D or S
Unfortunately if it is so worn that the date is partially gone it is just $0.03.

1972 S mint penny in fairly good condition.
About $0.02

1942 Canadian 1 Cent
These older Canadian cents did not have mintmarks, only the new ones or the 1800s may have them.
About $0.10

1948 Nickel about $0.10

1958 Dime (D mint) about $1.00

The dime would be the best to keep since it is silver again unfortunately this week the price of silver dropped, last week this dime was $1.50, a year ago it was $2.00.

Anonymous said...

what is the value of a 1944 wheat penny its in great condition n i polished it.

Man said...

1944 wheat penny its in great condition n i polished it.

About $0.02 because polishing it ruins any value above metal.

Anonymous said...

I found a 1944 penny in my bible is it worth any money

Man said...

1944 penny about $0.02 in good

Anonymous said...

I have a 1915 wheat penny with no mint mark. The reverse look likes the die was rotated. Instead of being lined at 12 O Clock it looks more like 10 O Clock. Thank you for your help

Man said...

1915 wheat penny with no mint mark. The reverse look likes the die was rotated. Instead of being lined at 12 O Clock it looks more like 10 O Clock.

This is Minor Rotated Die about $20.00.

Anonymous said...

I have found a 1977 penny that seems to have a mark from another coin pressed into it. I clearly has a backwards E P and then fades out. I also has an imprint of something on the rim. Any suggestions on value?

Man said...

1977 penny that seems to have a mark from another coin pressed into it. I clearly has a backwards E P and then fades out. I also has an imprint of something on the rim.

This sounds like a Die Clash error which ha no extra value.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1917 wheat penny with a black g stamp on it and the back has a 8 on it is it worth something

Man said...

1917 wheat penny with a black g stamp on it and the back has a 8

Sounds like damage, no extra value.

Alina said...

I found a 1943 wheat coin its lost its color but numbers, and face you can still read. Underneath the year it has a D. what is it worth? I read above about the 1943 coin. but I want to hear what you have to say..

Man said...

1943 wheat coin its lost its color but numbers, and face you can still read. Underneath the year it has a D

About $0.35

Anonymous said...

Then I've found $0.35 ...
Got a 1944-D wheat penny.

Man said...

1944-D wheat penny in very-good is about $0.10

mirtha said...

hello my name is amarilis valdes i have a penny 1944, email adress is amarilisv1955@yahoo.com the penny is in a good condition if u want to know more contact me by here thankss...

Man said...

penny 1944 good condition about $0.02

Anonymous said...

I have a 1940, no mint mark, wheat silver or zinc penny in excellent shape. Very shiny. Is there any worth to it. I thought it might have been wrongly struck.

Man said...

1940, no mint mark, wheat silver or zinc penny in excellent shape. Very shiny

Weigh it to find out what you really have.

Anonymous said...

I have a worn 1880 penny, the words on the indian head band are worn off is it worth anything

Man said...

worn 1880 penny, the words on the indian head band are worn of

About $5.00

Anonymous said...

1944 s, good condition i could read everything. a bit worn out.

Man said...

1944 s, good condition about $0.05

Anonymous said...

HI I HAVE A 1996 PENNY THAT IN BOTH FACES LOOKS SILVER BUT AROUND THE PENNY LOOKS COPPER OR BRONCE COLOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. ALL Y PERFECT DIAMETERS. DO YOU KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT IT? IF YOU NEED A PIC TELL ME HOW I OPEN A POST HERE.

Man said...

1996 PENNY THAT IN BOTH FACES LOOKS SILVER BUT AROUND THE PENNY LOOKS COPPER OR BRONCE COLOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. ALL Y PERFECT DIAMETERS.

Sounds damaged, exposing the zinc core.

It also could be a partial Missing Clad error on cents it is about $5.00 depending on eye appeal.

To post a picture use a free photo site like imageshack or photobucket and then drop a link here.

Anonymous said...

Hello, while going through my mothers coin collection I found 4 wheat cents, two where the back of the coin is not there, one 1944, one 1945...two where the front of the coin is not there ?

I tried to put these, front and rear back to back, but they are then larger than the standard us cent...

Have you ever heard of this before or is this something that someone did as a joke ?

Man said...

wheat cents, two where the back of the coin is not there, one 1944, one 1945...two where the front of the coin is not there ?

I tried to put these, front and rear back to back, but they are then larger than the standard us cent...

Have you ever heard of this before or is this something that someone did as a joke ?


Yes this is damage, either they were magic coins or part of jewelery, no extra value.

Anonymous said...

i have a 1943s zinc penny whats it worth and is it rare.

Man said...

1943s zinc penny about $0.40 it is very common.

Anonymous said...

I hace one 1944s and a 1956 with not denomination what does that means??

Man said...

I hace one 1944s and a 1956 with not denomination what does that means??

I have no idea what you are asking.

Anonymous said...

I just got a 1944 steel wheat penny. I tried a magnet on it and it stuck to it. Is it worth anything or did I waste my money buying it off ebay?

Man said...

1944 steel wheat penny. I tried a magnet on it and it stuck to it.

If real about $100,000.00 that said about 27 have been found and thousasnds of fakes eixst.

It must be graded to verify. Or at least have a trusted error expert to see it in hand.

Anonymous said...

It means it was minted in Philly

Man said...

It means it was minted in Philly

Probably the right response to...

I hace one 1944s and a 1956 with not denomination what does that means??

But if not feel free to rephrase your question.

Rhonda said...

I hope you can help me. I found a 1951 wheat penny and the 5 is closed in on the circle part so that it looks like it should have been a 6. I have been trying to find out if this is worth anything. I have never seen one like this.If you or anyone else knows what this would be worth I would sure like to know.

Man said...

1951 wheat penny and the 5 is closed in on the circle part so that it looks like it should have been a 6.

Minor Die Break error, very common and has no extra value.
About $0.10 in very-fine.

Anonymous said...

1944D wheat penny very good condition

Man said...

1944D wheat penny very good condition about $0.10

Anonymous said...

how much are 1940's us pennies worth..?
Also, how much for wheat pennies of the same era?
thank you

Man said...

how much are 1940's us pennies worth..?
--Average is about $0.10

Also, how much for wheat pennies of the same era?
--The same average is $0.10 in low grade.

coinstocker21 said...

Hi I have a 1944 D wheat back, but it looks like the date is doubled printed. Is it worth anything?

Man said...

1944 D wheat back, but it looks like the date is doubled printed

About $3.00 if true doubling.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1918 wheat penny. How much would this be?

Man said...

1918 wheat penny about $0.20 in good grade

Anonymous said...

hi there i have a few pennies i was wondering about one is a 1950 wheat pennie,a 1959 usa pennie,a 1940 candian pennie, and a non magnetic 1941 wheat pennie. are any of them rare or worth any thing

Anonymous said...

*canadian pennie*

Man said...

1950 wheat pennie about $0.05
1959 usa pennie about $0.03
1940 canadian pennie about $0.10
non magnetic 1941 wheat pennie about $0.10

None are rare.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1944 wheat penny with no "I" in LIBERTY.
Any value?

Man said...

1944 wheat penny with no "I" in LIBERTY

About $0.05 the Struck Through Grease error does not add any value.

Anonymous said...

Man, you are one diligent and patient moderator....

Man said...

Man, you are one diligent and patient moderator....

Thanks.

TheUnwantedSaved said...

I find more 1946 Wheats than I find the turnoff 1944. I have 35 1946 wheats and only 13 1944 wheats.

And It gets silly when people think the 1944 penny is worth $100.00.

Man said...

I have 35 1946 wheats and only 13 1944 wheats.

And It gets silly when people think the 1944 penny is worth $100.00.


Nice finds either way.
That is why I wrote this blog to help get rid of coin myths.

JRB123 said...

I found a 1944 wheat penny it doesn't stick it to a magnet .. how much is it worth?

Man said...

1944 wheat penny it doesn't stick it to a magnet

Normal about $0.10

seany bobby said...

Hi i found a 1944 no mint with a clear outline of the right side of his body and you can see faint outlines around his head like it was struck one time strong and like three soft

seany bobby said...

Sorry 1944 penny

Man said...

1944 no mint with a clear outline of the right side of his body and you can see faint outlines around his head like it was struck one time strong and like three soft

Machine Doubling, no extra value.