1952 Penny

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1952 Wheat Penny in average condition to be worth 15 cents, while one in mint state could be valued around $18.00. - Last updated: December, 14 2022

1952 Penny
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  • Year: 1952
  • Mint Mark: No mint mark
  • Type: Wheat Penny
  • Price: 15 cents-$18.00+
  • Face Value: 0.01 USD
  • Produced: 186,775,000
  • Edge: Smooth


1952 Cent Errors include; Struck on Dime Planchet - this coin is silver and will be smaller than a penny meaning a portion of the cent will be missing 1952 Struck on Dime Planchet errors are worth around $2,000.. Struck Off Center - Off center strikes might range from 10% off center to 90% off center. Off Center 1952 Cents will look like a partially blank coin with a portion of a non blank coin attached. When the planchet is off center and the die strikes the coin this is the result. Double Struck-1952 D has a few double strike errors. This occurs when the die strikes the planchet more than 1x.

1952 Proofs 81 Thousand proof pennies were also issued here at the mint in San Francisco and they are worth around $58 each.

Copper Penny Color Guide

As with all pennies from this era the redder the better. The color of the copper coin dictates the value nearly as much as the condition. RD (Red) versions of this coin are worth more than RB (Red Brown), and RB is worth more than BN (brown). Use the image below as reference if you are second guessing yourself on the color of a penny. If certified the coin will be marked with an agreed upon color.

Copper Penny Color Guide


Production Chart

Price Chart

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

Prices below are for RD (red) specimens. If your coin is RB take 10% to 20% off price listed below. If your coin is Brown (BN) take another 10% to 20% off that.

  • Grade AU55 = $2-$3
  • Grade AU58 = $2-$4
  • Grade MS60 = $6-$8
  • Grade MS61 = $6-$10
  • Grade MS62 = $10-$16
  • Grade MS63 = $14-$23
  • Grade MS64 = $19-$31
  • Grade MS65 = $26-$44
  • Grade MS66 = $45-$75
  • Grade MS67 = $71-$119
  • Grade MS68 = $300-$500
  • Grade PR65 = $45-$75
  • Grade PR66 = $60-$100
  • Grade PR67 = $319-$531
  • Grade PR68 = $450-$750

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How much is a 1952 Penny worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 15 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $18 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 1952, 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
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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