The standard 1940 Wheat cent issued from either the Philadelphia, Denver, or San Francisco mint is in standard condition not worth very much. In average condition the D and S mint mark versions are worth slightly more than those with no mint mark.
As with other Wheat Cent specimens the 1940 Cents color matters. The Red versions of these coins are worth more than the RB (Red Brown) and more than the BR (Brown) versions.
PR-65 Red 1940 cents sell for more than $1,000 on average, while MS-67+ Red non proofs sell for between $350 and $1,000 on average.
High end versions of this coin should only be bought and sold if first certified by NGC or PCGS.
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1940 Wheat Penny Errors
If you are looking for or just enjoy collecting errors, 1940 may have what you are craving.
1944 Struck on Brass Planchet Error - 1940 Wheat Cents struck on brass planchets are selling for between $50 and $150 on average. This price is for those that are of average circulated or similar conditions. 1940 Clipped Planchet Cent - this is a fairly common error in the coin community. It occurs when the die clips the edge of a cent that was not completely ejected from the stamping platform. The going rate for these seems to be between $15 and $60 but one in MS65 or higher would likely sell for much more. Die Crack - die cracks were more common back in 1940, die crack errors are as well. When the die has a failure small or large cracks can occur in the die that are then transferred over to the planchets when struck. Struck on 88% Copper 18% Silver Planchet - this is a strange error that we are currently doing a little more research on. A copper and silver planchet blend struck by a 1940 die created this error. This alloy is not normally used to create coins. They have sold for $400 in the past. D/D or S/S this mint mark error is a fairly common error. These errors are often described with a North or South or similar directional detail to tell you where to look for the error. Error in image would be considered a D / D South because the underlying mark is on the southern portion of the D. Off Center Strikes - Off-center strikes occur when the planchet is not properly seated when struck by the die. They can be off center by as much as 95%. 1940 Lamination Error - lamination errors occur when the outer coating of the coin is damaged during production.
Primary 1940 Penny Errors Prices
These are the most popular errors to be found when searching through 1940 wheat cents.
How much is a 1940 D Wheat Penny worth?
In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 35 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $16 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 1940, 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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