Rare Lincoln-Kennedy Penny: Are Commemorative Coins Valuable?

The Lincoln-Kennedy penny affixed to a card listing similarities between the two presidents. Rosie wrote us and said she found a penny that has an imprint of Kennedy facing Lincoln on it and wanted to know how much it’s worth.

While I’m certainly no expert on coin values, and I’d highly recommend you consult with a legit numismatist (or Joshua) first, I’m fairly confident that it’s worth very little, except for it’s historic and commemorative value, of course.

That is, unless you find the “right person” who saves collector’s items like these.

 

Check here to find the value of the Lincoln-Kennedy Penny.

 

How Common Are The Lincoln-Kennedy Pennies?

My mom used to work at a bank.

She brought home a few of these commemorative Lincoln-Kennedy Pennies that were affixed to cards which listed some “astonishing coincidences” between the lives (and deaths) of President Abraham Lincoln and President John F. Kennedy.

Pictured here is the one I’ve managed to save for the past 15-20 years.

 

Similarities & Coincidences Between Kennedy And Lincoln:

Commemorative Lincoln-Kennedy penny that I've saved through the years. CLICK to view the list of 'Astonishing Coincidences'.

 

 

To some, all these “supposed” similarities simply have gone too far…

 

 

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RELATED:

Rare U.S. Coins: Which Ones To Keep

Other Non-Commemorative Commemorative Coins Like This One

Rare U.S. Pennies Including the 1943 Penny

Two-Headed Coins: Are They Rare?

 

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  • dana

    i found a 1917 wheat penny without a mint letter. is it worth anything?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Dana –

      Yes, your 1917 Lincoln wheat cent is worth 10 to 25 cents.

  • random person :)

    lol at the bottom of my commerative coin it sais “western Security Bank” :)
    p.s. if this coin never went into circulation then how is it not valuable?!?!?!

  • Mark

    I have a copper 1943 wheat penny my father saved from WW2 what is it worth?

    • Anonymous

      Mark,

      IF it’s an authentic 1943 copper penny, it will NOT be able to stick to a magnet. If the coin passes the magnet test, it may be worth submitting to a third-party coin grader. Find out more about third-party coin grading here: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/01/slabbed_coins.php

      Here’s some info on values: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2011/01/wheat_penny_error_coins.php

      • Quickherrin

        Thanks josh I tried the magnet test and it is real copper, doesn’t stick and have researched it recently ….seems to good to be true that it is going for between 10k and much higher. If i send you a pic close up and all can you verify?

        • Anonymous

          Mark,

          Please feel free to submit a photo to The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=hp#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

          If it’s real copper, the next concern would be the date being filed or shaped to look like a 1943. Many 1948 cents have been altered to look like a 1943.

  • Derekhb

    I came across a 1960 penny and the zero is slashed less then a 1/4 on the right side makeing the zero almost looking like a lower case a.have you herd of this and if yes what could its value be? Thank you

    • Anonymous

      Derek,

      I’m trying to envision the situation given your description and am having a hard time figuring out if it’s some type of debris error or simply post mint damage. If you’d like, you can submit a photo to the The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook wall and maybe we can figure out what’s going on: http://www.facebook.com/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

    • Anonymous

      Derek,

      I’m trying to envision the situation given your description and am having a hard time figuring out if it’s some type of debris error or simply post mint damage. If you’d like, you can submit a photo to the The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook wall and maybe we can figure out what’s going on: http://www.facebook.com/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

  • Rosieledet

    i have a the brothers kennedy coin token . the front has john and robert 1917 1963 1925 1968, the back says THEY GAVE OF THEIR EASE, THEIR WEALTH, THEIR BLOOD, FOR OTHERS GOOD. any info please

  • Som

    I have a 1977 Lincoln penny that have two face the other face I think is Robert kennedy and he is smileing .what is it worth and is there any other like it?

    • Anonymous

      Som,

      These types of pieces are fairly common; each is worth about $1 to $2 as novelty collector coins.

  • Sweetpeaara2

    I have a 1978silver penny not sure if its that or zinc.But it has no mint on it at all just wondering about it? Thank you for your timed 

    • Anonymous

      Sweetpea,

      If your penny weighs at least 3 grams, then it’s really just a regular copper penny that somebody coated in zinc, pewter, or another metal of similar color. Zinc pennies weigh closer to 2.5 grams.

      A penny without a mintmark was most likely minted in Philadelphia, though the San Francisco and West Point mints did strike some pennies during that era (late 70s to early 80s) that don’t have mintmarks. Here some more info on mintmarks if you’re interested: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2007/12/mint_marks_letters_on_coins.php

  • Ian Scott

    I have a 1974 lincoln kennedy in pretty good condition, how much is it worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Ian,

      This type of novelty coin is worth around $2 to $3.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.johnston.180 Richard Johnston

    i have a 1998 gibraltar silver coin can u tell me if it is worth any thing

  • matt

    i have a 1974 lincoln kennedy penny but the head is printed over the date has any one seen this before and is it worth anything

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Matt -

      Lincoln-Kennedy novelty cents (real Lincoln cents that were counterstamped with the Kennedy bust by an individual) are worth around $2 each.

  • Deanie Walbourne- Gough

    I have a jfk commemorative coin which seems to be copper and is twice as thick as a penny. On the front is a bust of jfk with 1917 on the left and 1963 on the right with his name across the bottom. On the back is an eagle and underneath the eagle it says peace and freedom does not come cheap. Also underneath this in very fine lettering it appears to say canary dies. We have had this coin for over 20 yrs and always wondered about it. Could please let me know about it.