Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse Mintage

The Lincoln Cent was introduced in 1909 to coincide with the centennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The coins featured the portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the obverse and a pair of wheat ears on the reverse, as designed by Victor D. Brenner. This reverse design was used from 1909 to 1958. The obverse design remains in use today.

Lincoln Wheat Cent

Lincoln Cents are highly popular with collectors due to the accessibility of the series. Many collectors began in their youth by filling coin books with Wheat Cents taken from circulation. For collectors with bigger budgets, the series includes some well known key dates and can be a challenge to assemble in high grades with full red coins.

For the Lincoln Wheat Cent series:

  • There were 140 regular issues of the series, including the VDB and non-VDB versions for the first year of issue. Coins were minted at Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco.
  • The Lincoln Cent was issued with the Wheat Ears reverse design for a duration of 50 years before being replaced by the Memorial reverse design.
  • The lowest reported mintage was for the 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent with only 484,000 pieces struck. The designer’s initials, which appear on the reverse beneath the wheat ears, were removed following objections from the public.
  • The highest mintage was for the 1944 Lincoln Cent with 1,435,400,000 coins minted.
  • The average mintage across all issues of the series for the wheat ears reverse was 184,413,929.

Lincoln Wheat Cent Mintages

IssueMintage
190972,702,618
1909 VDB27,995,000
1909-S1,825,000
1909-S VDB484,000
1910146,801,218
1910-S6,045,000
1911101,177,787
1911-D12,672,000
1911-S4,026,000
191268,153,060
1912-D10,411,000
1912-S4,431,000
191376,532,352
1913-D15,804,000
1913-S6,101,000
191475,238,432
1914-D1,193,000
1914-S4,137,000
191529,092,120
1915-D22,050,000
1915-S4,833,000
1916131,833,677
1916-D35,956,000
1916-S22,510,000
1917196,429,785
1917-D55,120,000
1917-S32,620,000
1918288,104,634
1918-D47,830,000
1918-S34,680,000
1919392,021,000
1919-D57,154,000
1919-S139,760,000
1920310,165,000
1920-D49,280,000
1920-S46,220,000
192139,157,000
1921-S15,274,000
1922-D7,160,000
192374,723,000
1923-S8,700,000
192475,178,000
1924-D2,520,000
1924-S11,696,000
1925139,949,000
1925-D22,580,000
1925-S26,380,000
1926157,088,000
1926-D28,020,000
1926-S4,550,000
1927144,440,000
1927-D27,170,000
1927-S14,276,000
1928134,116,000
1928-D31,170,000
1928-S17,266,000
1929185,262,000
1929-D41,730,000
1929-S50,148,000
1930157,415,000
1930-D40,100,000
1930-S24,286,000
193119,396,000
1931-D4,480,000
1931-S866,000
19329,062,000
1932-D10,500,000
193314,360,000
1933-D6,200,000
1934219,080,000
1934-D28,446,000
1935245,388,000
1935-D47,000,000
1935-S38,702,000
1936309,632,000
1936-D40,620,000
1936-S29,130,000
1937309,170,000
1937-D50,430,000
1937-S34,500,000
1938156,682,000
1938-D20,010,000
1938-S15,180,000
1939316,466,000
1939-D15,160,000
1939-S52,070,000
1940586,810,000
1940-D81,390,000
1940-S112,940,000
1941887,018,000
1941-D128,700,000
1941-S92,360,000
1942657,796,000
1942-D206,698,000
1942-S85,590,000
1943684,628,670
1943-D217,660,000
1943-S191,550,000
19441,435,400,000
1944-D430,578,000
1944-S282,760,000
19451,040,515,000
1945-D266,268,000
1945-S181,770,000
1946991,655,000
1946-D315,690,000
1946-S198,100,000
1947190,555,000
1947-D194,750,000
1947-S99,000,000
1948317,570,000
1948-D172,637,500
1948-S81,735,000
1949217,775,000
1949-D153,132,500
1949-S64,290,000
1950272,635,000
1950-D334,950,000
1950-S118,505,000
1951284,576,000
1951-D625,355,000
1951-S136,010,000
1952186,775,000
1952-D746,130,000
1952-S137,800,004
1953256,755,000
1953-D700,515,000
1953-S181,835,000
195471,640,050
1954-D251,552,500
1954-S96,190,000
1955330,958,200
1955-D563,257,500
1955-S44,610,000
1956420,745,000
1956-D1,098,201,100
1957282,540,000
1957-D1,051,342,000
1958252,525,000
1958-D800,953,300

Source: Lincoln Cents