What makes a 1951 D wheat penny valuable?

Regarding Lincoln Cents, redder is preferable; this coin comes in three different color varieties. They

are Brown (BN), Red (RD), and Red Brown (RB). The most valued of the three is the color red.

Since 90% of the original copper shine (the closest to the orange-red hue during minting) is retained

by these coins, the majority of RD 1951-D are valued more. Exists a rare vintage D wheat penny

from 1951?  There is a 1951-D wheat penny listed as vintage rare on eBay that sold for almost $12,000

(it is presently listed for $2,400), however we cannot say that it is the rarest vintage cent of all. The coin struck in Denver is rarer and more valuable the redder it is.

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