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?

 

Lynnette Walczak

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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?

  • 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.

  • Dale Sessions

    I’m looking for a 2000 Sacagawea and Washington Quarter Mule replica. Anyone know the source of those replicas?

  • Morena Pobrera

    Ive found a 1951 S penny thats missing the back of abe’s hair from the bottom back part of his hair. My coin looks like a very younger version of abraham lincoln, like hes gotten a very fine haircut. Can somebody tell me if i have a rare coin or not?? Or what this coin is even worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Morena —

      I’m trying to take a close look at your coin but it seems like it may be just a bit too small for me tell. Would you mind uploading a larger photo of your 1951-S Lincoln cent, please?

      Thank you!
      Josh

      • Morena Pobrera

        Hey Josh, i hope these are close enough… oh, your welcome.

  • Morena Pobrera

    Can somebody tell me if this 1951 s penny is worth anything?? Ive been told that i need to get it appraised because its 1 of a kind, and i havent found any other coin like it. Please help, i have absolutely no idea… Thank you!!!

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Morena —

      I answered your question elsewhere a few minutes ago!

      Thanks for checking!
      Josh

  • Rosheena Beek

    Hi,
    When I was about twelve years old, I saw a penny with two Lincoln heads on it. One regular size and one very small. Was this a rare sighting?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Rosheena —

      It sounds like you may have a novelty piece much like the Lincoln-Kennedy coin mentioned above in this article. Such pieces are relatively common and are worth between 50 cents a $1 in the aftermarket.

      Thanks for your question,
      Josh

      • Rosheena Beek

        Thanks Joshua. I don’t feel hounded now because I really thought I missed out on a spectacular monetary opportunity. WHEW!!!

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          You’re most welcome, Rosheena!

  • CHICA

    worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Chica —

      From the best that I can tell, it looks like this may be strike doubling, which would be a defect during the striking process. Such pieces are normally worth at most a very nominal value to those who collect such pieces.

      I hope this helps!
      Josh

      • CHICA

        thank ya kindly

  • CHICA

    worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Chica —

      Is the third coin in this photo series the obverse of the 1966 Canadian penny above? Canadian cents are generally worth 2 to 5 cents as a foreign collectible coin here in the states. The 1983 Lincoln cent, from this image, does not appear to have any striking anomalies and is worth face value.

      Best,
      Josh

      • CHICA

        yes Josh,it is the obverse

  • CHICA

    worth money ?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Chica —

      Technically, the 1973-S Lincoln cent is worth 2 cents for its copper value but you can’t legally melt U.S. one-cent coins for their copper value at this time. Here’s why I suggest you still keep that coin anyway though: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2015/06/copper-pennies.php

  • CHICA

    Josh,How about these…..sorry there are many photo’s

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Chica —

      I took a really good look at the photos and from what I can tell by looking at the dates alone, I don’t see any 1970-S small date cents, which are valuable. All told, I’d keep all the pre-1983 cents you listed, as they are worth more than face value for their copper content (2 cents). The 1989 cent is damaged, which is why part of the coin is missing.

      Thanks for sending these photos along!
      Josh

  • John B.

    Do Steel pennies have any value other than face value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      They do, John! Unless they are rusty or damaged, they’re worth at least 10 to 25 cents if worn.

  • Damon Huffman

    I have 2 1944 wheat pennies, a 1957 D wheat penny and a 1948 S wheat penny ,a 1905 nickel does anyone know the value

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Damon —

      Yes, the values of your coins are as follows (assuming average wear):

      1944 Lincoln cents — 3 to 5 cents each
      1948-S Lincoln cent — 5 to 10 cents
      1957-D Lincoln cent — 3 to 5 cents
      1905 Liberty Head nickel — $1 to $3.