How Much Is A 1944 Wheat Penny Worth?

Last updated: December, 27 2023

The Copper Wheat Penny issued in 1944 is worth $6.00 in best possible condition, and if the coin is cull or just above cull it will be worth only 15 cents. The average price of historic sales on this coin however is around $2.75. These prices are based off of all available known sales.

How Much Is A 1944 Wheat Penny Worth?
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  • Year: 1944
  • Mint Mark: No mint mark
  • Type: Wheat Penny
  • Price: 15 cents-$6.00+
  • Face Value: 0.01 USD
  • Produced: 1,435,400,000
  • Edge: Smooth


1944 Copper Wheat  Penny Info(Click to Enlarge Image)

1944 Wheat Cent (Penny) Errors?

1944 Lincoln Wheat Cents struck on Zinc Plated Steel Planchets have been found by collectors. Once instance of this Steel Wheat Cent sold back in 2007 for $115,000.00. If you have a 1944 Penny and think it may be zinc coated steel check and see if it interacts with a magnet. Steel coins will stick to or be moved by a magnet, while the copper pennies will not.

Other 1944 wheat penny or wheat cents errors to report are - 1944 S Die Break Obverse, Clipped coin errors, off center strikes, and double strikes are known to exist. Also there is an D over S mint mark error.

In terms of most valuable errors for 1944 Steel Planchet Wheats surpassed all others for this year.

Did you know?

Some 1944 and 1945 Wheat Cents were struck on planchets made from leftover World War II brass shell casings, and not planchets made from the standard copper composition.


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Johna Thurstan: Can you do a breakdown of what these are worth in varying shape or condition? .15 to $6 is a wide range. Thanks Posted: November 1, 2022 4:12 pm

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Admin : @JohnaThurstan put in a request for price list details by condition. It should be live and visible today. Reply posted: May 25, 2024 9:36 am

Price Chart

Rates listed here refer to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If new to collecting the prices below might not make sense.

Price list requested by @JohnaThurstan thanks John. Prices below for RD (Red) color 1944 Wheat Penny. If the coins are RB (Red Brown) reduce rate by roughly 20%. If the color is brown reduce by around 30-60%

  • Grade MS60 = $3-$1
  • Grade MS61 = $3-$5
  • Grade MS62 = $5-$8
  • Grade MS63 = $8-$13
  • Grade MS64 = $14-$23
  • Grade MS65 = $15-$25
  • Grade MS66 = $20-$33

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How much is a How Much Is A 1944 Wheat Penny Worth? worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 15 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $6 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 1944, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].

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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.

Most Valuable

The most valuable Wheat Penny's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

Image Year Mint Worth
Wheat Penny 1924 S $12k
Wheat Penny 1922 D $6k
Wheat Penny 1914 D $5.6k
Wheat Penny 1914 S $3.2k
Wheat Penny 1913 S $2k
Wheat Penny 1918 S $2k
Wheat Penny 1924 D $2k
Wheat Penny 1925 S $1.8k
Wheat Penny 1912 S $1.5k
Wheat Penny 1913 D $1.5k
Wheat Penny 1920 S $1.5k
Wheat Penny 1915 S $1.2k
Wheat Penny 1916 S $1.2k
Wheat Penny 1923 S $1.2k
Wheat Penny 1926 S $1.2k
Wheat Penny 1910 S $1,050
Wheat Penny 1912 D $1k
Wheat Penny 1918 D $1k
Wheat Penny 1927 S $1k
Wheat Penny 1921 S $950
Wheat Penny 1916 D $800
Wheat Penny 1926 D $800
Wheat Penny 1927 D $800
Wheat Penny 1928 S $800
Wheat Penny 1931 S $750
Wheat Penny 1931 D $725
Wheat Penny 1917 S $700
Wheat Penny 1920 D $700
Wheat Penny 1929 D $700
Wheat Penny 1924 $650
Wheat Penny 1912 $590
Wheat Penny 1909 S $550
Wheat Penny 1918 $550
Wheat Penny 1913 $500
Wheat Penny 1925 D $500
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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***Price subject to standard supply and demand laws, dealer premiums, and other market variations. Prices represent past values fetched at online auctions, estate sales, certified coins being sold by dealers, and user submitted values. While we wholeheartedly try to give honest price estimates there are many factors besides appearance, metal content, and rarity that help make up the coins overall value. Call or visit your local coin dealer for more information.