1919 Penny

by Chad Eicher

1919 Penny

The 1919 wheat pennies come in three varieties “D”, “P” and “S”.

How Much Is A 1919 Wheat Penny Worth?

Anywhere from 35 cents to $35

How Many Wheat Pennies Were Minted in 1919?

1919 P variety: 392,021,000

1919 S variety: 57,154,000

1919 D variety: 139,760,000

Facts about the 1919 Wheat Penny

1919 P Penny

There was shortage of cents in 1917. As a result, the 1919 P issue set a record for the largest mint for a single mint. 1919 P cent s remained common in general circulation through the 1960s and into the early years of the 70s. However, nowadays coins have been found that are almost unidentifiable.

Rarity: 1919-P is common in all circulated grades.The 1919-P cents are well struck, and Mint State pieces may be found with a bright, brassy color. These are good to have because of their high mintage Original rolls may exist, but most have been picked over to isolate the nice looking ones.

1919 D Cents

Most cents of this issue have heavy die wear. Lettering on this issue is typically faded, some well preserved coins may still exist, but they are rare. Some original pieces often are dark and spotted. Caution shinny cents or cleaned cents.

Rarity: 1919-d has high mintage, has never been scarce in lower grades. VF through AU are slightly scarce, especially containing their original color and surfaces. Most available coins are mediocre while true good ones may also be found with some searching

1919 S Wheat Penny

Most pieces dated 1919s will still be noticeably deficient. Few good coins of this type exist. During the 1940s and 1950’s The 1919 s lincons were widely hoarded in low grade Many coins of this issue turned up in western states during the 1970s.

Rarity: the 1919 s cents are quite common in all grades Despite the very high mintage of this issue, desirabable mint state coins are in short supply. Most are from heavily worn dies, many survivial pieces have a bright mint red color. So many have been dipped or cleaned in an attempt to compensate for natural dullness that coins displaying any amount of original red color are very rare.

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Chad Eicher

Detectorist Chad is passionate about metal detecting since he got his first metal detector as a gift when he was 12 years old. He created Metal Pursuits to share his knowledge and create the ultimate metal detecting resource on the web.

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