1909-1958 Wheat Cent 5,000-Count Bags

1909-1958 Wheat Cent 5,000-Count Bags

We obtain these $50 face value bags from multiple vendors and ship them out as is. There are no guarantees on what you will find, so this is a great product for an undiscerning customer looking for a selection of wheat cents.

Product Highlights:

  • Coins are mainly 95% Copper & 5% tin and zinc.
  • 1943 zinc-coated steel cents may be included.
  • Coins come packaged in a heavy duty canvas bag.
  • Each $50 bag of early Lincoln Cents contains 5,000 coins.
  • These average circulated coins are dated 1909-1958.

Who knows what you will find in these bags! Add several of these 5,000-Count Wheat Cent Bags to your cart today!

Dates and compositions you receive may or may not vary, determined by stock on hand.

The history of the Wheat Back Penny

Wheat Pennies get their name from the pattern of durum wheat surrounding the edges of the reverse. Wheat Penny bags feature U.S. Mint coins that were used for decades, some with designer Victor David Brenner’s initials on the lower edge of the reverse and some without. Commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt, the Wheat Penny went through several renditions as Roosevelt and Brenner went back and forth on details such as where Brenner’s name should be placed and whether the word “United” should be included. In the end, these Wheat Pennies were struck in Philadelphia and San Francisco in 1909 and expanded to additional mints throughout their series, which concluded in 1958.

Why invest in Wheat Pennies?

The Wheat Back Penny features an assortment of unique variations that set the coins apart from one another, making the coins an exciting addition to your collection. For example, Wheat Pennies from the Philadelphia Mint feature no mintmark, while those cent coins struck at the San Francisco Mint bear the "S" mark under the date. Some of the most rare Wheat Pennies, with only 484,000 released into circulation, bear designer Victor David Brenner’s initials, making these select coins even more valuable to numismatic collectors. Buying Wheat Cent bags allows collectors to search the 5,000 included Wheat Pennies for their favorite, although there is never a guarantee on what you will find.

Dive in to the popularity of the Wheat Back Penny.

While the Wheat Penny originally was minted in 1909, it did not gain popularity until 1917, when a luxury tax was introduced and cents were needed to distribute change after a transaction. Prior to this, the Indian Head Cent design was more popular than Wheat Pennies. In 1922, Wheat Pennies saw a lower demand as the Great Depression hit and production of all coinage decreased. During World War II, the Copper price per ounce skyrocketed and the coin, which had increased in demand after the Great Depression, transitioned to a Zinc-coated steel composition, known as the steel cent, which proved unpopular in the public. The next Wheat Pennies were made of a 95% Copper and 5% Zinc composition until the Wheat Cent was retired in 1958.

Customer Reviews of 1909-1958 Wheat Cent 5,000-Count Bags
1909-1958 Wheat Cent 5,000-Count Bags
2.5 Overall

(based on 14 reviews)

Reviewed by 14 customers

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Should be called bag of well-searched 1940-1950's

By  lola

from Oregon

1.0

I'm over halfway through the bag and there isn't the slightest joy in a treasure hunt as it's overly clear, there is no treasure. Just an extremely overpriced bag of pennies falsely claiming to be 'random' 1909-1950's. So far, there is not a single penny below 1942 and 2/3rds are from the 50's. I'd give it one star because it was shipped promptly and the box didn't bust open in transit; because, though heavily disappointed, I still love pennies and history; and because the overall roll price is not That bad for wheats. But -4 stars for the description vs the actual product.

Cons

  • Common (higher mintage)
  • Hard to Sell
  • Poor Condition
  • Generic Brand

5000 Wheat Penny Bag

By  Phil

from Virginia

2.0

Well, it's always a crap shoot on a product like this. In hopes that they were actually "random" cents from 1909 - 1958 I found that was not the case at all. Well over 96 % were 1940 and up, no steel cents and everything below 1940 were in less than good condition. Other posts/reviews have said the same. I am not slamming APMEX because there service has always been outstanding but for this product it is buyer beware. Who knows, someone might actually get a truly random lot but I did not.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)

Cons

  • Common (higher mintage)

GREAT PRODUCT, VERY RESONABLE PRICE

By  mikef

from utica new york

4.0

price was great , customer service was perfect

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Cons

  • Common (higher mintage)

Should be 1950-1958 wheat cents

By  CopperKing

from Manhattan, KS

1.0

I got 5 30's 12 40's and the rest 50's...

Cons

  • Common (higher mintage)

Heavy Bag

By  In Texas

from Texas

5.0

Wow, this is a heavy bag. I bought two. They are hard to find and if you look elsewhere, you will see APMEX is very competitively priced on these wheat pennies.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell
  • Recognized Brand

I will buy this again.

By  Andy

from Olivet, mi

5.0

Most dates higher than 1940, but it was as expected. Had a few dates in the 30's, anything older were culls. Have had success with other bags so I would definitely buy again.

Pros

  • Easy to Sell
  • Recognized Brand

Cons

  • Common (higher mintage)

Wheat cent pennies between 1909to1958

By  starfox

from Houston

1.0

Ok I started to collect many types of coins resently and wheat cents are one of these and I just bought a total 35 pounds from apmex and recieaved the bag and got realy poor wheat cents so bad that I probably will not shop here again I went through 50% of the Bag and got two 1937 and the rest of the coins 1940 to 1958.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)

Cons

  • Unattractive Design
  • Generic Brand

Wheat Cent bags

By  Centhound

from South TX

4.0

Bought 2 bags. They were very different. One with many older dates, but no varieties. One mostly 40's and 50's, but several significant varieties.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Collectible (lower mintage)

Cons

  • Common (higher mintage)

Product was not as described.

By  Ben

from Pacific Island

1.0

This product offered 5000 chances of finding significant dates on coins, unfortunately, it is apparent that it was purged before selling and all items of value were removed. There were no steel pennies and 95% of the content were 1940 and 1950s coin. Very disappointed. Would have preferred if the coins weren't purged and all valuable one removed. Would be willing to purchase again with the caveat that the product contents offer the reasonable opportunity for a valuable finding.

Pros

  • Lots Of Chance To Find Va

Cons

  • Common (higher mintage)
  • Purged For Value Before

Great bunch of coins

By  Rob C

from Cashion, ok

4.0

I bought these coins to resale by the roll. While a large percentage of the coins were from the 1950 & 1940's; there were some 1909's and some key and semi key dates in the teens, twenties & thirties.

Pros

  • Easy to Sell
  • Value (low premium over spot)

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The Wheat Back Penny design changed with the times.

The Wheat Back Penny underwent multiple changes and has more distinguishing marks than many other U.S. Mint coins despite having only a 50-year minting span. The actual design of the Wheat Pennies changed in 1916, removing the wrinkles on President Lincoln’s cheeks to help extend the die life of the coin. The composition of rare Wheat Pennies also changed, from Copper and Tin, to Zinc and Iron and then to Copper and Zinc. Interestingly, while the high Copper price per ounce influenced the decision to change the coin’s composition, the treasury did not consider the corrosion level of the metal, which influenced the last composition change of the coin after the public complained about spots on the coins.

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