- Year: 1939
- Mint Mark: D
- Type: Wheat Penny
- Price: 75 cents-$35.00+
- Face Value: 0.01 USD
- Produced: 15,160,000
- Edge: Smooth
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Most Prolific 1939 Penny Errors
1939 DDO: Depending on the condition of the coin, a 1939 doubled die obverse penny can be worth several thousand dollars. MS65 can fetch upward of $300 - $400 at time of this writing.
Repunched Mint Mark (RPM): Mint marks were stamped more than once, causing a "ghost" mint mark. RPM error can be worth on average $10 and $100.
Die cracks and breaks: When the die cracks and creates a coin this error occurs. Values vary too much to be specific with a value. In general this coin is worth $10 to $50 not counting general condition and color.
How much is a 1939 D Wheat Penny worth?
This section is more of a layman's guide, for those new to collecting.
In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 75 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $20 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1939, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].
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Overall Specs & Design
This coin has a total mass of 3.11 g, a diameter of 19.05 mm, and a thickness of 1.55 mm. It's edge is smooth, and the coins are composed of 95% copper and 5% tin and zinc..
Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Front (Obverse): The front or obverse of this coin contains the bust of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. If a mint mark is present it will be on the bottom right just under the year. If no mint mark is present the coin was minted in Philadelphia. With D standing for Denver, and S standing for San Francisco. The words IN GOD WE TRUST follow the top arch of the coin nicely framing Lincolns head, and the word LIBERTY sits just left of President Lincolns Colar.
Back (Reverse): The reverse of the Wheat Penny, also known as the Wheat Cent contains two wheat stalks, the words One Cent, and the Latin phrase E PLURIBUS UNUM which means Out of many, one. The reverse image would later change in 1959.
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