Thursday, July 15, 2010

1953 D Wheat Cent

Do you have a wheat cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment

This is common enough and in circulated condition. Plus the lack of strong lights has made this image less than sharp but it is something.


Here's the stats for the coin pictured...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1953-D
Mintage: 70,515,000
Metal: 95% Copper 5% Tin & Zinc
Value: $0.10 in VF-20 (this one seems less)

I am still working on finds from the past few months and its been two weeks since I have found anything. I blame this on not buying anything, which is common in today's economy.

Do you have an old cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment

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

becerraed said...

Hello again i have the following wheat pennies:
1917,1926,1937,1940(S),1942,1945,1945(D),1945(S),1946(D),1946(S),1948(D),1949,1949(D),1950,1951(D),1953(D),1955(D)1956(D),1957(D),1958,1958(D)...i also have nickles: 1940,1941,1943(S),1946(D),1956(D)1958

Man said...

wheat pennies:
1917 about $0.30
1926 about $0.20
1937 about $0.15
1940(S) about $0.15
1942 about $0.15
1945 about $0.10
1945(D) about $0.10
1945(S) about $0.15
1946(D) about $0.10
1946(S) about $0.15
1948(D) about $0.10
1949 about $0.10
1949(D) about $0.10
1950 about $0.10
1951(D) about $0.10
1953(D) about $0.10
1955(D) about $0.10
1956(D) about $0.10
1957(D) about $0.10
1958 about $0.10
1958(D) about $0.10

Nickels
1940 about $0.25
1941 about $0.20
1943(S) about $1.00
1946(D) about $0.35
1956(D) about $0.07
1958 about $0.07

Anonymous said...

how bout the 1952 (D)

Man said...

1952 (D) same at $0.10 in very-fine

Anonymous said...

I have a 1974 penny that appears to be gold plated because it is really shiny and pale gold looking. It has no mint mark under the date. It weighs less than a normal penny and is slightly magnetic. Apart from that it looks exactly like a regular metal penny, solid thick metal, same detail, you can see him sitting in the memorial. It has a little wear indentations on the rim.

I found it in my register from a roll of penny's opened from a bank. I searched online and found a handful of people who had found something similar but the resident "forumers" where very unhelpful.

What is it? It evidently can't be a gold plated aluminum penny. Then what could it possibly be? It not a cheap novelty, but then is someone going around making magnetic gold plated pennies for fun? Are 1974 aluminum fakes plated in gold so people wouldn't be fooled?

Robert,

Man said...

1974 penny that appears to be gold plated because it is really shiny and pale gold looking. It has no mint mark under the date. It weighs less than a normal penny and is slightly magnetic.

What is the exact weight in grams?
It could be an off-metal error.

That said it is most likely a 10k or 14k gold plated fake which would have enough metal impurities to have magnetic properties.

Man said...

Oh and these are commonly made as collectibles for the uniformed collectors. Sold at $4.00+ made for about $0.04 each.

Angel said...

I have a 1975 D and 1979 D penny in good condition, both with the D's filled. Also a 1969 S penny that unfortunately isn't double died but looks like it might have had a partially filled die but i'm not sure. the NE C in the one cent lettering is almost invisible as well as fading on the steps. Otherwise the lettering and pictures are very clear.

Angel said...

Obviously a coin is in circulation if you get it in your change. But what if it looks perfect and shiney? Say a '61 D penny. I don't care that it's not worth anything, i just think it's nice. I'm pretty new to collecting and haven't learned all the lingo yet.

Man said...

1975 D and 1979 D penny in good condition, both with the D's filled.
A simple Die Crack error that is common and has no extra value.

1969 S penny that unfortunately isn't double died but looks like it might have had a partially filled die but i'm not sure. the NE C in the one cent lettering is almost invisible as well as fading on the steps. Otherwise the lettering and pictures are very clear.

Sounds like a Struck Through Grease error or late stage die, either way no extra value.

a coin is in circulation if you get it in your change. But what if it looks perfect and shiney? Say a '61 D penny
It is common and these coins may grade with a high mint state if it continues to be handled with care.
That said a 1961-D cent in high mint state is just about $0.20.

Anonymous said...

I went to the post office and the electronic scale wasn't accurate enough to tell the difference.Here's a similar penny to what mine looks like:
http://www.cointalk.com/attachments/2190d1105401809-1979_penny.jpg

It is obviously not aluminum or steel, but it is slightly lighter than a regular penny. I found this online where someone makes silver "Zinc" pennies, and then heats it into a "gold" brass color: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4932995/due_date_trailer/

It is either a brass or gold plated penny that someone made for fun. If it's brass then it has some zinc in it or some other metal traces that makes it very weakly magnetic. It's just enough that on the strong retail security magnets it can just hold it's own weight.

It may not be worth much but it is a very interesting thing to find, and a good conversation piece. I might hang on to it for a little while then give it out as change to a kid. I have a habit of getting half dollars from the bank and giving them to kids as change like i got when i was young. The silver looking pennies he made would be nice to find as well.

Thank you,
Robert,

Man said...

It is either a brass or gold plated penny that someone made for fun.

Possibly, I have seen the video where Lye is used to make zinc coated cents and then heated. It's very cool.

I would hold on to it until you find a good scale or have an expert look at it in hand.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1941 Wheat Penny 15% Off Center with No Mint mark. Cannot find this coin listed anywhere as an error. HAve photo but cant figure out how to upload image.

THank You.
Shane

Man said...

1941 Wheat Penny 15% Off Center with No Mint mark.

Image is not necessary, plus it can only be linked not uploaded.

They average about $70.00 in almost-uncirculated.

Here is a good site that tracks sales, look at there older Magazines PDF on page 6 your type is listed.
http://www.minterrornews.com/news.html
You may have to go through several issues as the 1941 is not often sold.

Anonymous said...

Hi
I have a 1909 Wheat Penny in good condition and i was just wondering how much it is worth?
Thanks!

Man said...

1909 Wheat Penny in good condition about $3.50

Eric said...

Hello, I just recently found a 1953-D penny. Whats odd about it is where the rim should be raised its actually dropped. Also if you look at the edge its split. I did find out thats called railroad. But, I am trying to find more information about this coin. Also what the value is. Thanks:)

Man said...

1953-D penny. Whats odd about it is where the rim should be raised its actually dropped. Also if you look at the edge its split. I did find out thats called railroad.

Partial Collar error average $12.00 in fine. Lots of the value depends on eye appeal but most collectors want pre-1930s types.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1969 penny, unremarkable, except that it is really shiny, like it's made up of something different. what is this?

Man said...

1969 penny, unremarkable, except that it is really shiny, like it's made up of something different.

No all 1969 cents were made of the same metal.

It could just be a high grade or someone cleaned it.
If there is an S under the date it maybe a proof coin.

At most it is $1.00 unless cleaned then just $0.03.

Anonymous said...

i have a 1949 d wheat penny with an error where it says liberty the r looks backwards the t is fine and the y is a little funky lol what kind of error am i looking at

Man said...

1949 d wheat penny with an error where it says liberty the r looks backwards the t is fine and the y is a little funky lol what kind of error am i looking at

Sounds like damage, copper is very easy to move around.

If not then it could be a die break and struck through grease error, still this does not add any extra value since it is common.

Anonymous said...

I havw a 1931 S in very good condition. what is this worth?

Man said...

If a Cent:
1931 S in very good condition about $120.00

Anonymous said...

What would be the VALU of these coins , please ?

*UNITED STATES BICENTENNIAL SILVER PROOF SET 6 PICES LIBERTY , BOXED AND SEALED .
*1973 BAHMAS REPUBLIC....SET , BOXED SEALED.
*1974 PANAMAS REPUBLIC SET /ELIZABETH II/ BOBED.
*1976 UNITED STATES...$1.- DOLLAR BILLS /=1 SET
AND $2.- SET.
AND I HAVE ALSO, A
1972 COJO 76 SET.
THX. SO MUCH FOR YOUR ASSINTANCE!
*

Anonymous said...

What would be the VALU of these please,?

1935,$2.-BILLS , - ELIZABETH II,- BOTH SIDE HAVE IT,-IN THE BOX WITH A SILVER SERTIFICATE ! VERY NICE .
THX. SO MUCH FOR YOUR ASSINTANCE !

Man said...

*UNITED STATES BICENTENNIAL SILVER PROOF SET 6 PICES LIBERTY , BOXED AND SEALED
--Not silver about $9.00 if official, only the 3-piece set sets were silver.

*1973 BAHMAS REPUBLIC....SET , BOXED SEALED.
--About $40.00 if 9-piece proof set.

*1974 PANAMAS REPUBLIC SET /ELIZABETH II/ BOBED.
--About $25.00 if 6-piece proof set.

*1976 UNITED STATES...$1.- DOLLAR BILLS /=1 SET
AND $2.- SET.
???? I don't understand.

1972 COJO 76 SET.
???? I don't understand.

Man said...

1935,$2.-BILLS , - ELIZABETH II,- BOTH SIDE HAVE IT,-IN THE BOX WITH A SILVER SERTIFICATE !

???? I don't understand. Do you mean one from Canada and one from the U.S.?

Anonymous said...

Thank you ! Sorry, give you more infos now ;
What would be the today VALU..please for these ..?

*OLYMPIC XXI MONTREAL 1976; 1972 COJO 76 SET /4 COINS
ELIZABETH II /.

* 1952-1977 ELIZABETH II /IN A SINGEL BOX 2 COINS/
WITH 2 SIDES ; WE HAVE 8 BOXES FROM THIS.

* IN MEMORIAM LINCOLN-VS-KENNEDY 100 BELIVE IT OR NOT/ 1 LINCOLN / GOLD? CUPPER? /in the plastic sealed
lots of writing info in it!/

*1935 $2 dollars.CD -bill/sealed/. 1 bill.
*1954 $1 dollars-CD-bill /sealed/. 2bills!

* UNITED STATES RECENTENNIAL SILVER PROOF SET 6 COINS
SET WITH CERTIFICATE IN THE BOX.

THX. SO MUCH AGAIN , FOR YOUR ADVICES, AND ASSINTANCE WORK !! GOD BLESS.

Man said...

*OLYMPIC XXI MONTREAL 1976; 1972 COJO 76 SET /4 COINS ELIZABETH II /.
--Sorry still don't understand $1 coins? COJO?

* 1952-1977 ELIZABETH II /IN A SINGEL BOX 2 COINS/WITH 2 SIDES ; WE HAVE 8 BOXES FROM THIS.
--Sorry still don't understand $1 coins?

* IN MEMORIAM LINCOLN-VS-KENNEDY 100 BELIVE IT OR NOT/ 1 LINCOLN / GOLD? CUPPER? /in the plastic sealed lots of writing info in it!/
--Novelty item, no extra value above the face value of the coins.

*1935 $2 dollars.CD -bill/sealed/ about $35.00
*1954 $1 dollars-CD-bill /sealed/ about $4.00

* UNITED STATES RECENTENNIAL SILVER PROOF SET 6 COINS SET WITH CERTIFICATE IN THE BOX.
--Not silver about $9.00 if official, only the 3-piece set sets were silver.
If this does have the silver-3 add $40.

Anonymous said...

HELLO SIR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE HARD WORK!
I TRY AGAIN TO GIVE YOU THE CORRECT...INFOS;
I HAVE 5 BOXES OF 1967 OLYMPIC / IT WAS $150 DOLLARS THAT TIME..ALL THESE ! /
EACH BOX IS SEALED: 4 COINS SILVER / 2 PIECES OF $5.-AND TWO PIESES OF $ 20.-. SO, $30.- EACH...!
MUST BE IN 2011 THE VALU IS VERY HIGH FOR THIS SILVER COLLECTION !?!/ONE SIDE ELIZABETH II. , AND
ON THE OTHER SIDE SPORT MOMENTS/.

* IN MEMORIAM SILLED THE COINS...WITH INFOS ALL OVER ON THE PAPER:
A. LINCOLN, CUPPER/ YELLOW COLOR 1964.
J.F. KENNEDY , SILVER BIGGER COIN 1964.

Hope, these infos.helps..what would be the
collector value..?
wONDERING WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IS...TO BUY..?
THANK YOU VERY MUCH...FOR THE GREAT JOB!GOD BLESS.
LOVE YOUR WEBSITE!TAKE CARE SIR.

Man said...

OLYMPIC XXI MONTREAL 1976; 4 COINS SILVER / 2 PIECES OF $5.-AND TWO PIESES OF $ 20.
Still not clear but Canada silver $5.00 are now about $25.00 each.
Canada silver $20.00 are now about $35.00 each.
There were 20 different Olympic sets each goes about $150 if complete.

LINCOLN, CUPPER/ YELLOW COLOR 1964. about $0.03
J.F. KENNEDY , SILVER BIGGER COIN 1964. about $13.00

wONDERING WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IS...TO BUY..?
I'm not, but good luck.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1953 D penny that was only struck on the face side. The wheat side is completely smooth. Any idea how much this is worth?

Man said...

1953 D penny that was only struck on the face side. The wheat side is completely smooth.

Altered or damaged coin.
This type of error is not possible, no extra value.

Anonymous said...

Hi I have a few different coins I'd like to know the vaule of:
1957D wheat pennies lots of lose ones(300 or so) but 2 full rolls never opened (The roll says Fellowship Savings Bank Bergenfield, New Jersy)They look uncirculated to what I understand of it.
1921 D Morgan Dollar (great condition just looks dirty, but all the writing and detail very visable)
1902 (don't see a mint mark) V nickle (worn a bit)
1942 (KG?) canada penny ( worn a bit)
1867-1967 canada penny (worn a bit)
1943 (KG? KC?)Australia penny (a little worn but print and pic very good)
Thanks for your help with this!

Man said...

1957D wheat pennies lots of lose ones(300 or so) but 2 full rolls never opened (The roll says Fellowship Savings Bank Bergenfield, New Jersy)They look uncirculated to what I understand of it.
--The bank rolls are not original from the government but still probably re-rolled at the time. About $0.25 if at least MS-63.

1921 D Morgan Dollar (great condition just looks dirty, but all the writing and detail very visable)
--About $30.00

1902 (don't see a mint mark) V nickle (worn a bit)
--About $1.75 in good

1942 (KG?) canada penny (worn a bit)
--About $0.10

1867-1967 canada penny (worn a bit)
--About $0.03

1943 (KG? KC?)Australia penny (a little worn but print and pic very good)
--About $0.15 but the KG is the initials of the designer (George) Kruger Gray.
The mintmark are actually...
Melbourne = None
Perth = Dot after PENNY
Bombay = "I" below bust dots before and after PENNY, although some rare types had no "I"

Anonymous said...

I'm curious as to whether or not this ebay auction has a typo! I have some coins I'm trying to find the value of (one is a wheat penny) and I came across this auction. How can this be? $890,000.00???

FYI, I know NOTHING about coin collecting ... just want to know if I can get anything for the ones I have.

Ginny in Colorado

http://cgi.ebay.com/1953-one-cent-penny-/270760709150?_trksid=p3286.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D851819290609049658#ht_500wt_1156

Man said...

I'm curious as to whether or not this ebay auction has a typo!

On eBay anyone can sell lint for $100,000. kosaka31 is either trying to get publicity or doing some kind of scam. Only 35 transactions shows a low volume for this seller and should not be trusted.

The only good thing with eBay is that there are multiple 1953 cent most for $1.00 or less if circulated. The average low value is the best way to figure out what your coin is worth.

Jacob said...

About 8 months ago I was searching through some 1943 Steel Pennies and came across a 1953 Wheat Penny. It looked like a high grade Steel Penny due to the color (I'm guessing that's why it was in my Steel Pennies). I looked at the 1953 date and I knew it wasn't a Steel Penny (the sound by dropping it and the feel gave it away too). I just happened to stumble across your blog yesterday, hopefully you can help me! I haven't seen a non 1943 Penny this color before. The composition is definitely copper/zinc/tin (95/5) and it weighs in at 3.2g. I'm clueless as to what has caused this anomaly. I'm pretty sure that the Penny isn't painted because I found a 1941 S Wheat Penny in the same group that was painted silver and it was quite obvious (really wish they didn't do that). I have two scans of the coin in 850dpi, and any information you can provide is greatly appreciated! By the way, I have really enjoyed reading your blog and I'm sorry I didn't find it sooner. Thank you again in advance!

Jacob

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/59/scan0002qf.jpg/
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/560/scan0001kg.jpg/

Man said...

1953 Wheat Penny. It looked like a high grade Steel Penny...The composition is definitely copper/zinc/tin (95/5) and it weighs in at 3.2g.

I checked all the possible Off-Metal strikes and none match.

While the picture is not clear there are hints at the rim that this is a plated coin. The fact that is so shiny is also a clue of electroplating. The final clue is weight usually lighter since cents cannot be made with heavier blanks. 3.2grams is just above 3.11 which hints at heavy plating.

While I'm 99% sure it is a plated normal cent you may want to find a local coin dealer or coin club to confirm this.

Ginny in Colorado said...

Sorry I'm just now responding. Just wanted to say thanks for your answer.

I sold the two wheat pennies I had for a few bucks at a yard sale this weekend. I'm happy. I noticed that penny did not sell in that eBay auction. :)

Man said...

I sold the two wheat pennies I had for a few bucks at a yard sale this weekend. I'm happy. I noticed that penny did not sell in that eBay auction. :)

Good to hear about the sale.
eBay is great but it is still filled with lots of scammers and cheats.

Anonymous said...

hi!
I have a coin that has a big stamp ( looks like a tool or wheel with gear like teeth in it ) or marking of sorts
on the face of this penny (wheat) . There is also some
deforming on the head ( Lincoln ) like some of it never
showed up at the minting. The rest of the penny is fine
and looks like this happened at the mint.

Man said...

coin that has a big stamp ( looks like a tool or wheel with gear like teeth in it ) or marking of sorts
on the face of this penny (wheat) . There is also some
deforming on the head ( Lincoln ) like some of it never
showed up at the minting. The rest of the penny is fine
and looks like this happened at the mint.


Sounds Counter-marked, a private company or mint took a real cent and stamped over it.

Freemasons and other clubs did this a lot, it has no extra value unless it list the club that did it.

rbroundtree said...

I have a 1953 wheat penny that is not magnatized. Is this possible?

Man said...

1953 wheat penny that is not magnatized

That is normal, about $0.10 in very-fine.

Anonymous said...

i just got a penny as change that says 1953 D, but it isn't copper colored, it's more of a sliverish color. i'm sure it's plated somhow becuase the edges still look copperish...can you tell me about it?

Man said...

1953 D, but it isn't copper colored, it's more of a sliverish color. i'm sure it's plated somhow becuase the edges still look copperish

Plated coins are done outsie the mint and have no extra value.

Try weighing to make sure it is not something else.

david2012camacho said...

y have a copper onecent del 1943-d and it has a marc at the back of the coin y whant to nou is is real

Man said...

copper onecent del 1943-d and it has a marc at the back of the coin

Your pictures and video are too blurry.

But the shininess suggest that it is a fake. It should be a dark brown or deep red not polished.

Still the easiest way to tell is weigh it, use a 0.01 gram scale.

david2012camacho said...

to me is real i did the magnet test and it do not stick it weight 0.11oz it looks like that couse the camara has flash its the edge is plain i see the 1943 number and d

david2012camacho said...

on the back tail it have a marck

Man said...

to me is real i did the magnet test and it do not stick it weight 0.11oz it looks like that couse the camara has flash its the edge is plain i see the 1943 number and d
--0.11oz = 3.11 grams which is the exact weight of a copper cent
Still plenty of fakes exist, try and get clear pictures.
But at this point if you think it is real then it should be graded by PCGS, that will cost $50 or more.

on the back tail it have a marck
--I cannot see it. So I cannot give an opinion.

Try turning off the flash and take more pictures until you can clearly see the details.

david2012camacho said...

HELLO THE MARK ON THE TAIL IS DENT,ONE TIME MY DAD TOOK THE COIN TO AND EXPERT BUT HE ONLY DID 1 TEST WIHT A MAGNEFIGLASS AND TOLD MY DAD IT WASEN,T REAL BUT HE WAS VERY NERVIUS. BUT FOR ME IT GOT ALL THE DISCRIPCCION THAT IS ON INTERNET ......

david2012camacho said...

I LIVE IN BROOKLYN NY BUT Y DONT NOU WERE I COULD CHECK IT

Man said...

HELLO THE MARK ON THE TAIL IS DENT,ONE TIME MY DAD TOOK THE COIN TO AND EXPERT BUT HE ONLY DID 1 TEST WIHT A MAGNEFIGLASS AND TOLD MY DAD IT WASEN,T REAL BUT HE WAS VERY NERVIUS. BUT FOR ME IT GOT ALL THE DISCRIPCCION THAT IS ON INTERNET ...

I also think it is fake, but I cannot be sure without a clear image.

I LIVE IN BROOKLYN NY BUT Y DONT NOU WERE I COULD CHECK IT
--I am also a New Yorker, you can try many local dealers.
Here is a liink of PCGS certified dealer in the city...
http://www.pcgs.com/Dealers/Default.aspx?zip=10001&rad=5

Sam said...

I have a 1953 D Wheat penny; however, it is made of nickel.. what would it's value be?

Man said...

1953 D Wheat penny; however, it is made of nickel

I would need an exact weight within 0.01 grams. It could be a plated fake.

Dom said...

Hi I have a 1953 a wheat penny was wondering if it had any value or was possible to prove real/fake thanks

Man said...

1953 a wheat penny was wondering if it had any value or was possible to prove real/fake

About $0.05 if circulated.

I never heard of a fake one but if someone did fake it it would probably be worth more.

Man said...

A real wheat cent about weighs 3.11 grams, so weighing it is your best bet.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1953 steel penny but they only made steel at 1943 it looks the same but the weight is a tad bit lighter both magnetic as well

Man said...

1953 steel penny but they only made steel at 1943 it looks the same but the weight is a tad bit lighter both magnetic as well

Could be a an Off-Metal error, they start at $150.00 but must be verified in hand.