From Half Cents to Large Cents to Indian and Lincoln penny values, all are rising. For example, wheat pennies 1909-1958 are worth 3 cents each for common dates in the 40s and 50s.
How much are some of these old coins worth? One of the famous rarities, the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent is a $450 coin and always in demand. Seldom found, it is a true rarity, although a box of old pennies with coins dated earlier than 1940, contains many valued at a dollar or more.
All your old penny values from Half Cents to Lincoln Cents are indexed here. Follow the links to value charts listing all dates, mintmarks and varieties.
Note: To arrive at an accurate value, each series includes grading images to help determine the condition of your coins. See more about the importance of proper grading below.
Half Cent Values | All Half Cents are Rare
The many collectors that specialize in Half Cents continually seek additions to their collections. Find any in your box and the value is $33 or more. The better condition coins demand even higher prices. All dates are covered on the Half Cent values chart.
American Large Cent Values
Another great American coin that specialists study intensely and avidly collect. Large cents are worth from $19 to many thousands. Carefully examine your coins for condition. Check the value list for rare dates and varieties. Many large cents in nice condition with abundant detail remaining, are easily a $50 find.
The Value of an Indian Penny | Very Solid
A very popular coin, everyone understands and has heard of an Indian Head penny. Common dates are now worth more than 75 cents each. Many collectors are building collections and putting a heavy demand on the rare dates and better condition coins. Compare your coins to the values chart.
Lincoln Penny Value | On the Rise
The early dates and higher condition coins are on the move. Some are not as common as once believed. Their prices are climbing to reflect the demand. A quick look at the value chart shows a big change in how much your box of old pennies is worth. Condition is also playing an increasing role.
2 Cent Coin Value | Stable
The 2 cent coin value is steadily increasing over the long term. Admittedly not the most popular coin, however those collecting the series are very serious. When the right coin is available and is needed for their collection, none hesitate to pay.
Why Penny Values are ConditionalOf all your coins, the one in the nicest condition is probably the most valuable. Dealers and collectors are always looking for a more desirable coin and this usually means one in a better "Grade."
Coin values are listed by Grade. Ranging from a heavily worn coin in the "Good" grade, to an "Uncirculated" coin, one in brand new condition showing no signs of wear.
Let's follow the changing condition and value of a 1919-S penny. Note: The "S" located under the date, indicates it was produced at the San Francisco Mint.
The first coin pictured, a rather worn example graded "Good" condition is worth 30 cents.
Next is a pleasing, although still worn "Extremely Fine" penny valued a $4.5. However...
From 30 cents to $4.5 to $90, penny values advance strongly depending upon condition.
Each different series contain images to help define condition and grades for each of your coins.