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: June, 10 2022

  • 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
  • Silver Content: 0%


1952 Penny
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Notes:

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


Advanced Price List

This section is more for experienced collectors only, and rates refer only to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If you are new to collecting the prices below may not make much sense.


Breakdown of pricing per condition for 1952 Penny as follows.


  • 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?

This section is more of a layman's guide, for those new to collecting.

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. *** [?].


If you are a fan of coin roll hunting or just want to learn more about wheat pennys then search or scroll below to find the most valuable and rarest in this series.


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 1914 D $5.5k
Wheat Penny 1922 D $5k
Wheat Penny 1925 S $1.8k
Wheat Penny 1914 S $1.5k
Wheat Penny 1924 S $1.5k
Wheat Penny 1915 S $1.2k
Wheat Penny 1923 S $1.2k
Wheat Penny 1924 D $1.2k
Wheat Penny 1926 S $1.2k
Wheat Penny 1916 S $1k
Wheat Penny 1927 S $1k
Wheat Penny 1920 S $900
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
Image Name Mint Worth

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Hardest to Find

The rarest and hardest to find Wheat Penny's Check out each link to learn more about each coin.

What is the rarest Wheat Penny?

Name Produced
1931 S 866,000
1945 1,040,000
1914 D 1,193,000
1909 S 1,825,000
1924 D 2,520,000
1911 S 4,026,000
1914 S 4,137,000
1912 S 4,431,000
1931 D 4,480,000
1926 S 4,550,000
1935 D 4,700,000
1915 S 4,833,000
1913 S 6,101,000
1933 D 6,200,000
1922 D 7,160,000
1923 S 8,700,000
1932 9,062,000
1912 D 10,411,000
1932 D 10,500,000
1924 S 11,696,000
Name Produced

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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.

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