How Much Is a U.S. Wheat Penny Worth?

As of 2015, U.S. wheat pennies are worth anywhere from 3 cents to over $10, depending on the condition of the coin. Wheat pennies are still readily available in circulation, but are still worth more than their face value of one cent.

U.S. wheat pennies were minted from 1909 to 1956. They earn their name as the “wheat penny” from the wheat symbols engraved on the back of the coin. Wheat pennies in poor condition are typically worth 3 to 4 cents. Wheat pennies that are in excellent condition can sell for $10 or more. The condition and date of the penny all factor into the coin’s worth, as some years are harder to find, which increases their value.