What Is An Old Penny Worth?

old-pennies-by-cobalt123.jpg I do my best to try and answer your questions and comments here on The Fun Times Guide to Coins, and that is why I want to take a moment and try and address one of the most common — and important — questions I get here:

“What is my old penny worth?”


This is a good question, because pretty much all of us have a stash of pennies lying around somewhere, and we come across pennies everyday in our pocket change. And, yes, some old pennies can be both very rare and very valuable.

The real toughie for some of us is knowing just which old pennies are worth a lot of money and which ones are not worth a whole lot of money.

A Rule Of Thumb

There is a good rule of thumb I like to go by, though it is not perfect.

Pennies dated before 1934 are generally worth more than those dated 1934 and after.

This is generally true, especially if you consider the average values of all the pennies dated 1933 and earlier, versus those dated from 1934 on.

 

Some Pre-1934 Penny Values

The 1909-S V.D.B., 1909-S, 1914-D, 1922 no-mintmark (also called “plain”), and 1931-S cent are worth hundreds of dollars apiece. (Except for the 1931-S, which starts at around $125 in lower grades).

There are several “D” and “S” mintmark pennies from the 1910s and 1920s that are worth tens of dollars apiece. Be sure to check out my piece on semi-key Lincoln cents to find out more about those.

And even the “highly common” pennies of most every pre-1934 date and mintmark not mentioned here are worth at least 10 to 20 cents apiece.

 

Values For Some Pennies From 1934 On

wheat-penny.jpg The pennies made from 1934 on generally saw far higher production numbers, less circulation, and more examples being saved in quantity by collectors, hoarders, and investors than the earlier Lincoln pennies.

In fact, there really are very few pennies made since 1934 that are worth much more than face value if worn. Yes, even the old pennies with the wheat stalks on the back, if worn and from the mid-1930s on, are generally worth only a few cents apiece.

 

There Are Exceptions To Every Rule…

Now here is that big “but” you’ve been waiting for. There are a few exceptions to the rule about those post-1933 pennies I have been talking about.

1955-doubled-die-penny.pngTake for example, the very rare and highly valuable 1955 doubled-die cent. The value of even the most worn specimens is now approaching $1,000.

The 1943 steel cent, though a very common piece, is worth 20 to 50 cents if worn. Thus, it is more valuable than most other worn wheat cents of the era.

The rare 1943 copper cent always brings in tens of thousands of dollars (and more!) when it goes to auction.

The 1970-S small-date Lincoln cent is now worth around $50 to $60 if uncirculated.

And there are numerous doubled-die errors and varieties from the 1960s to the present day that are worth between a few dollars apiece to hundreds of dollars.

Check out the following articles to see if you have those valuable pennies:

So, to sum up, most of the pennies you find dated 1934 to the present day are worth little more than face value if worn (but some are worth more). Also, a number of the pennies dated from 1933 and earlier are worth several times more than face value (but many are highly common and worth only 10 to 20 cents apiece if highly worn).

Be sure to check out some of the other articles here at The Fun Times Guide to see if your pennies are worth hundreds and even thousands of dollars!

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, and living green with others.

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  • Anonymous

    Hi.. I have a 1944 penny with an S and also a 1972 penny with a S.. Value?
    I also have pennies ranging from 1947-2004 with d’s on them. Over a hundred of them being the 1988 D.. Are these worth a considerable amount of money? where could i change them in?? Would a local pawn shop take them or would i have to do something online like Ebay? Thank you for your time

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Kris —

      The 1944-S Lincoln cent has a nominal value of about 3 to 5 cents in typical circulated grades. The 1972-S, while a scarce coin in circulation today, is actually considered a common coin and worth just face value, unless it’s in uncirculated (mint) condition.

      The range of 1947-2004 Denver (D mintmark) Lincoln cents probably has most its value in the coins made from 1947-1958, as all wheat cents (which were last made in 1958) carry a very small premium over face value, even in worn grades. Each is worth 2 to 5 cents in circulated grades. Unless the 1959 and later D mint mark coins are uncirculated, they’re worth just face value. The same goes for all your 1988-D Lincoln cents. Each is worth just 1 cent, unless they’re in uncirculated (never worn) grades.

      Even in uncirculated grades, most Lincoln Memorial cents are worth less than 10 to 25 cents each, unless they are in spectacular condition with no spots or no signs of discoloration.

      Here’s some more info on Lincoln Memorial cents: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/12/lincoln_penny.php

      eBay makes a fine place to sell your coins if you don’t the selling side of the picture (listing fees, advertising, and shipping the coins). I always advise people to stay away from pawn dealers when selling coins because they really don’t know much about coins on the whole and rarely pay what the coins are actually worth. If you are going to physically bring your coins anywhere for sale, go to a coin dealer.

      I hope this helps!

      • Anonymous

        :D yes that was veryy helpful. thank you and have a great day

  • LISA

    I HAVE ALINCLON HEAD CENT COLLECTION STARTING 1941-1974..THE1943 ARE STEEL.BUT I WAS TOLD THE 1969 D WAS SELLING AT GOOD PRICE..

    • Anonymous

      Hello Lisa,

      A 1941 to 1974 Lincoln cent coin collection is a nice set. These tend to sell for around $10 to $15 in circulated grades, but can be worth far more (over $50) if all the coins are uncirculated. A dealer may buy a circulated set for around $5 to $7.

      The 1969-D isn’t a particularly scarce coin at all, so I’m not sure who told you about that coin being worth a special amount of money… It’s worth only face value if circulated, and maybe 5 to 10 cents in typical uncirculated grades. The coins in that set worth the most money are the 1941 through 1958 Lincoln cents, which are worth 3 to 5 times face value if worn and much more if uncirculated.

      Take care!

  • R. Delprato

    My Mom gave me a 1907 Indian head penny. What is it worth?

    • Anonymous

      R,

      Most 1907 Indian cents in typical circulated grades are worth around $2 to $3.

  • d hooks

    What is a 1887 Indian Head leaf penny worth?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, d —

      An 1887 Indian Head penny is worth $2 to $5 in typical circulated grades and without any damage.

  • neca

    i found an old indian head penny 1893 i would like to know how much is worth will sell to best offer it is in good condition

    • Anonymous

      Neca,

      An 1893 in typical, worn grades is worth between $2 to $5. The less wear it has, the more it’s worth. If it’s cleaned, bent, corroded, or otherwise damaged, it is worth less.

  • Anonymous

    i have 1 dollar coin nw 1923 liberty coin

    • Anonymous

      A 1923 Peace silver dollar is worth about $15 in typical circulated grades, Maiket.

  • Anonymous

    what is a 1906 &1907 indian head penny worth

    • Anonymous

      Hi Juan,

      Each is worth about $2 to $3 in worn grades without damage.

  • Iisocks

    what ia s 1952 wheat penny worth?

    • Anonymous

      Lisocks,

      A 1952 Lincoln wheat cent is worth 2 to 5 cents.

  • Alovelysalazar

    what is a 1948 wheat penny worth ?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for your question, Salazar. Your 1948 cent is worth around 3 to 5 cents.

  • jj

    i have a donzen or so wheat pennies, and i cant find a trace of a mint mark on any of them. what does that mean for their value?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, JJ —

      Pennies without mintmarks are simply coins that were made in Philadelphia. Most Philadelphia cents aren’t worth much in well-worn grades. Generally, Philadelphia Lincoln cents made before 1934 are worth 10 to 20 cents each. Those made between 1934 and 1958 are worth 2 to 10 cents each.

  • theo

    i have a 1953 wheat penny with a d mint mark.
    how much is that worth?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Theo —

      Your 1953-D cent is worth about 3 cents.

  • Lovepets555

    HI,
    I HAVE A OLD PENNY, FROM 1917, IS IT WORTH ANYTHING.

    THANKS,
    MARGIE

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Margie —

      Yes, your 1917 penny is worth about 10 cents.

  • Kirt

    i got a 1959 penny, how much is that worth?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Kirt,

      Your 1959 penny is worth face value if it’s worn.

  • Sheyshey01

    My kids went threw their piggy bank today and well we found your site before going for a video game. finaly I found…. a 1944 weat penny and nothing under the date. then we also found a 1927 S wheat is that worth anything? I also see in the listing atop that really after 1943 they dont have much more value.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Sheyshey —

      Glad to hear you checked out your coins before spending them. The 1927-S Lincoln cent is worth 10 to 15 cents, and your 1944 is worth about 3 cents assuming typical wear on both coins.

      Yes, it’s true that most Lincoln cents dated in the 1940s and 1950s really aren’t worth much over face value (unless they’re uncirculated), though there are a couple to look out for in that date range:

      A 1955 Lincoln cent with doubled date and lettering on the heads side
      The very rare 1943 copper and 1944 steel cents

      • Herman

        I have a 1937 penny no mark is it worth anything.

      • Herman

        I have a 1937 penny no mark is it worth anything.

  • Sheyshey01

    Digging threw all those coins I saw that some of the 1980’s pennies have the 3rd diggit smaller then the other 3 digts, but all the coins where not like like that, is there a reason for that?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Sheyshey, the digit size and shape is simply a stylistic matter, and the U.S. Mint does sometime change the size and shape of the digits on the coins. You’ll find, for example, the 1934 Lincoln cent has a very elongated-style 3, but none of the other cents from the 1930s have such a 3.

  • nina

    me and my grandma collected pennys and stamps. i was wondering if there some way of finding out what it is really worth can u help me with that?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Nina —

      Glad to help with the coins, though I am not an expert on stamps. What kinds of coins did you and your grandmother collect? I’ll need to know so I can guide you to the right articles or give you a good idea on value estimates.

  • val

    i have two of the pennies in the picture above of lincoln with the wheat stalk on the back from 1952 and 1956. i was wondering if they are worth anything. please help.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Val —

      Both the 1952 and 1956 pennies are rather common. However, at 2 to 3 cents each, they do have a nominal value over face.

  • Serg082807

    Ive got a 1909 penny and quite a few pre-dated 1933 i was wondering if it would be ok to clean them instead of leaving them in the condition they are in. They arent to worn out.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Serg —

      So glad you asked this question! You want to leave the coins exactly as they are. Coin collectors actually like the reddish-brown to dark brown, original colors of worn pennies — if you clean them it will not only mess up the coins’ natural toning process, it will significantly lessen their value.

  • Littleleague3

    I have a few 2009 pennies with the special designs on the back can you tell me how much they are worth?

    • Anonymous

      Sure, Littleleague… each is worth face value if worn and around 5 to 10 cents each if in mint condition.

      While these are special designs, there are also hundreds of millions of these coins floating around, so they are in no way scarce. Therefore, they aren’t worth a premium unless they have been kept uncirculated in original mint rolls, bags, or coin sets.

  • mary

    I have a 1974 penny that has a very small profile of JFK facing Lincoln. Is it real (from the mint) and if so, is it worth anything?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Mary —

      Yes, your coin is a real penny, but the JFK image was stamped onto the piece by a private company. Your coin is what we call a novelty coin and, being a JFK-Lincoln coin, is also a common and popular piece worth around $1 to $2.

      Here’s a post about the JFK-Lincoln cent if you want to find out more about it: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2005/08/lincoln_kennedy.php

  • Jadzia

    i have a 1978 penny and a 1971 penny and i want to know are there worth anything?i am only 12 and my mum found them

    • Anonymous

      Hi Jadzia,

      Even though both your pennies were made many years ago, they’re still worth face value. Neat finds though! If you find any pennies made before 1959, hang onto them — THOSE are worth more than face value!

  • Joya_brown

    What about a penny dated 1863?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Joya —

      A typical worn (but undamaged) 1863 Indian Head penny is worth around $10.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Joya —

      A typical worn (but undamaged) 1863 Indian Head penny is worth around $10.

  • Joya_brown

    What about a penny dated 1863?

  • Stewartmac

    What is the difference in a MSRB and MSRD PENNY? Can I see images of MSRB and MSRD penny?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Stewart —

      MSRB means “Mint State Red/Brown” and MSRD stands for “Mint State Red.”

      In reality, red pennies aren’t red — they’re bright orange. red/brown pennies have a mixture of orange and darker brown shades.

      Usually, a ‘red’ cent must have at least 90 to 95 percent orange color, whereas a red/brown penny can have between 5 and 90 to 95 percent red coloration.

      It’s safe to say the 1955 doubled die cent in this article is a great example of a Lincoln cent that borders on the red/brown and red definitions. If it was a little brighter in orange color, it would safely qualify as a red by most accounts. If the coin had more of a brownish hue or had traces of solid brown on some parts of the coin, it would represent the majority of RB pennies.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Stewart —

      MSRB means “Mint State Red/Brown” and MSRD stands for “Mint State Red.”

      In reality, red pennies aren’t red — they’re bright orange. red/brown pennies have a mixture of orange and darker brown shades.

      Usually, a ‘red’ cent must have at least 90 to 95 percent orange color, whereas a red/brown penny can have between 5 and 90 to 95 percent red coloration.

      It’s safe to say the 1955 doubled die cent in this article is a great example of a Lincoln cent that borders on the red/brown and red definitions. If it was a little brighter in orange color, it would safely qualify as a red by most accounts. If the coin had more of a brownish hue or had traces of solid brown on some parts of the coin, it would represent the majority of RB pennies.

  • Ronaldbennett1963

    I have a 1920 penny and a1937 penny are they worth much

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Ronald —

      In typical circulated grades, your 1920 and 1937 pennies are each worth around 3 to 5 cents.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Ronald —

      In typical circulated grades, your 1920 and 1937 pennies are each worth around 3 to 5 cents.

  • Ronaldbennett1963

    I have a 1920 penny and a1937 penny are they worth much

  • b8711

    How much is my 1908 Indian head penny worth?

    • Anonymous

      b8711,

      A typical 1908 Indian Head penny with average wear is worth around $2.

  • Azn_police

    I’m not sure which country this penny belongs too or what year it is but all I know is that the penny have a picture of a bear in it. Do you know which penny it is? Thanks

  • ROGERMATA46

    I HAVE TWO SILVER 1934 PENNYS ARE THEY WORTH ANY THINK

    • Anonymous

      1934 or 1943? 1943 steel cents are worth around 10 cents to $1 each. silver-colored 1934 pennies may have been coated with mercury by somebody outside the U.S. Mint and have no extra value.

  • Jackietunney

    1have a 1919 0ne penny and a 1914 silver 3 are they worth anything

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Jackie —

      Your 1919 cent is worth around 10 cents.

      Hmm… what do you mean by 1914 silver 3? I’d be happy to help if you wouldn’t mind providing a little more info on that second coin!

  • kathyb

    I have some old pennies that date from 1900-1908, are they worth anything ?

    • Anonymous

      Kathy,

      Each is worth around $2 each.

  • JFF

    I have two large containers of pennies that were my grandfather’s. I’m overwhelmed at trying to sort through them to see if any are worth more than face value. Any suggestions? Do I take the time or just cash them in? Thank you!

    • Anonymous

      JFF,

      The only way you’re going to know if anything rare or scarce is among your pennies is to take the time and look at each one. The fact your grandfather saved them (I don’t know when though) means be some older coins in there.

      All pennies made before 1982 are worth around 2 cents each in copper (however, it’s currently illegal to melt them for the copper value), and all made before 1959 are worth 3 cents or more each.

      There’s also the chance you may have some error coins in there… these range in value from a few dollars to hundreds.

      While a search through your pennies may yield nothing special or valuable, if you decide to take the time (why not make it a weekend project or something like that), here are some links to help you:

      7 Rare Wheat Pennies: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/07/rare_wheat_pennies.php

      Semi-Key Lincoln Cents: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/12/lincoln_semi_key_coins.php

      Lincoln Memorial Cents Worth Up to $50,000: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/12/lincoln_penny.php

      • JFF

        Thank you for your response and the links. If we do find some special ones how do we find a respectible place to take them? I’m a complete newbie at this if you can’t tell. :)

        • Anonymous

          Glad to help, JFF! The best place to take your coins is to a coin dealer. The
          Professional Numismatists Guild has a coin dealer search site; here’s the link: http://www.pngdealers.com/dealersearch.php

          Good luck!!

  • bert

    i have 1875 copper penny with the outher edges cant seem to find out how much it worth dose any body out there kwon

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Bert —

      What do you mean “outher” edges? Normally, an 1875 penny, which is worth $10 to $20 in typical undamaged worn grades, has smooth edges… Would you please describe the edges of your coin a bit more.

  • Rebeccaluna95

    I have a 1943 penny how do I sell it

    • Anonymous

      A typical, circulated 1943 penny won’t fetch more than $1, but if you wanted to sell it, the best ways would be to sell your coin to a local coin dealer (look up “coin dealers” online or in your local phone directory) or to offer it on eBay.

      Here’s some more info coin coin dealers: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2007/12/coin_dealers.php

    • Robandmel08

      do u still have the coin??

  • Kayerohus

    are pennies that are dated 1960 thru 1970 worth more than face value

    • Anonymous

      Kay,

      Technically they are because of the value of copper in 1959 through 1981 pennies (and some 1982 pennies, too). These coins have approximately 2 to 3 cents’ worth of copper.

      However, it’s presently illegal to melt copper pennies for their metal content, so you really won’t enjoy any immediate gain by keeping these coins, unless you want to hang onto them for the long haul; perhaps the time will come when coin collectors routinely pay more for copper Lincoln Memorial pennies.

  • bjroberson27

    I have one 1920 penny .  I also have1970 pennies. what is the 1970-s small date?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, BJ —

      A 1920 penny is worth around 15 to 50 cents. A regular 1970 penny is worth face value 1 cent if worn. The 1970-S small date is a relatively scarce 1970 penny made in San Francisco that has small digits in the date than the more common 1970-S large date. Such coins are worth around $50 in uncirculated grades.

      Here’s some more info: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/12/lincoln_semi_key_coins.php

  • Anonymous

    um i have a 1952 wealth penny oh also i have two 1956 wealth pennies

  • Jmcramer

    i have a penny from the 1870s

  • Kendradrake2012

    I have one from 1945.. how do i sell it?

  • Anonymous

    hello

  • Anonymous

    im very interested in finding out how much my pennies are woth..

  • Anonymous

    I HAVE ONE 1886 INDIANHEAD PENNY AND TWO 1906 INDIANHEAD PENNIES..PLUS HUNDREDS MORE…VERY INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT HOW MUCH THEY ARE WORTH…

    • Anonymous

      Christie,

      Your 1886 and 1906 Indian pennies are worth at least $1 to $2 each, though they could be worth more based on their condition.

  • Oraragland

    I have a 1914 and 1917 penny are they worth anything

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Oraragland,

      Your 1914 and 1917 pennies are each worth approximately 10 to 20 cents in typical worn condition.

  • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

    Happy,

    A worn 1935 Buffalo nickel is worth around $1.

  • Smatfam

    I found a 1969 red penny with an s under the date and from what I can see under a magnifying glass the liberty letters look like they are blurry could it be worth anything

  • Buddierey

    I have a 1902 FV pennie could it be worth anything

  • Jay

    I have a 1970-s penny, 1971-s penny, and 1954, no letter, nickel. Are they worth anything? All circulated, in fairly good condition.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Jay,

      Technically, there is no additional value for 1970-S and 1971-S Lincoln cents if they are worn, though because they are so difficult to find, I’d hang onto them in case values increase in the future. The 1954 Jefferson nickel is worth around 10 cents.

  • Marlon

    I have five 1909 pennies, are they worth much?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Marlon –

      A 1909 Lincoln cent in typical, worn condition is worth around $2.00 each. However, there are four types of 1909 Lincoln cents, and one is worth more than $1,000, so I’d check out this page to see if you have a truly pretty penny: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/06/1909_s_vdb_penny-2.php

  • Pacman82

    My grandfather gave me two coins before he passed away and told me this will help you in life so he put his 2¢ in my hand ones a 1943 copper penny and the other is a 1944 silver looking one are they worth anything ?

  • Sebastian

    I have a 1941 penny is it worth anything

  • Sebastian

    I also found a 1939 penny just now so what is that worth

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Sebastian –

      Your 1939 and 1941 Lincoln wheat cents are each worth around 5 cents.

  • fernando rueda

    Hi Joshua my name is fernando. I found Red penny with a kennedy face looking at mr lincond dated 1974 could it be worth anything?

  • sunlover

    I found a 1962 penny. It has no number under the date. Is it worth anythig?

  • Marcus

    I have a 1942 penny and a 1933 penny how much
    are they worth

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Marcus –

      Your 1942 cent is worth around 10 cents while your 1933 has a value of around 25 cents.

  • Sarah

    I have just found a one cent penny (1903) is it worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Sarah –

      A 1903 Indian Head penny is worth around $3.

  • angela

    would a 1917-D and 1919-s be worth anything i have a few from 1920 thru the 30 s a lot of double stamped and do you know what a 1955-p poor mans double die means

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Angela –

      The 1917-D and 1919-S are worth roughly 10 to 30 cents each, whereas most of the Lincoln cents made from 1920 to 1930 are worth about 10 cents, in well worn condition.

      As for the 1955 “poor man’s doubled die,” it’s basically a 1955 Lincoln cent that, due to striking damage, appears to have a slightly doubled image of the date. Worth about $1 to $2, this coin is often bought by coin collectors of lesser financial means to fill a hole in Lincoln cent coin albums that have a slot for the $1,000-and-up 1955 doubled die cent.

  • jodyfobe

    I have a 1973 D zink Penny is it worth anything

  • Kurt Kriescher

    I have a 1944 penny that looks steel but as a copper coating to it how much is that

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Kurt –

      Hmm… well if your 1944-D Lincoln cent is copper (which it most likely is, but was steel plated by a private individual), then it is worth only a couple cents. A genuine 1944-D steel cent (which is highly rare and worth $50,000 or more) would weigh 2.7 grams, versus 3.1 for a copper penny.

      • Kevin Wheeler

        okay i have a few 1944 d penny”s along with about 150 other wheatback penny”s how do i tell if this is real i am a manager at a resturant and i got them from a bank
        Kevin wheeler

  • Kurt Kriescher

    also I have a 1918 1956-d 1957-s how much with thoughts

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Kurt –

      Your 1918 Lincoln cent, in typical condition, is worth around 20 cents, whereas the 1956-D Lincoln cent is worth about 3 to 5 cents. There were no 1957 cents made in San Francisco, so I wonder if that 1957 penny you’re asking about was altered.

  • patrick

    I have an 1822 one cent with an hole in it someone must have made a medal out of it is it stii worth something

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Patrick –

      Even though your 1822 cent is damaged, what with the hole, it is still worth at least $3 to $5 just because of the coin’s age and relative scarcity. The hole was most likely drilled by somebody who used or sold the coin as part of a necklace – a common phenomena particularly during the middle 19th century.

  • Traviesa Leliz

    I Have A 1899 Indian Pennie How Much IS Worth.?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Traviesa –

      An 1899 Indian Head cent is worth $3 to $5.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrooksAdena Adena Rodman-Brooks

    I have a 1970 penny with an s under the date and has smooth edge! Looks to be small print. It is in a sealed bag and looks to have no wear on it. Could you let me know a little bit about this coin? Thank you

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Adena –

      There were two types of pennies made at the San Francisco mint in 1970 – the type with a large-style date and one with a smaller-style date. The 1970-S large date is worth around 50 cents in uncirculated condition, but the one with the smaller date is worth closer to $40. The base of the 7 in the date will be about on the same line as the base of the 1 on a 1970-S small date Lincoln cent. If you would like for us to check this out for you, please feel free to attach a photo of your coin here in the forum!

      • TheRock Greatone

        can you tell me if this is small or big date thanks

        • TheRock Greatone

          is this it

          • tupac goat

            i have 2 1969 s pennies and the s is lower on one of the take a look i also have 2 1970 s pennies and 2 1960 d pennies

          • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

            Hi, Tupac –

            It looks like your 1969-S Lincoln cents have signs of machine doubling, which can sometimes mimic the appearance of a doubled die, but are much more common. Therefore, in this case, your coins would unfortunately not be worth any premium.

            Thanks for checking with us! Please let us know if you find any other coins that you’re curious about!

  • Brenda

    1963-Can silver $…, US 1776-1976 silver $…US 1972 silver $..US 1977 & 1979 silver half $..Can 1937 penny (enclosed in metal), 1937 Us penny,
    1939 (Farthing?) penny/not sure if its US/Can…1915 .5 cent Belgioue Beloie ?…and the last, Newfoundland penny 1938.
    From my research…all are valuable, and the NFLD penny seems to be of greatest value.

  • cherrybuns2006

    i have a 2004 d penny with rainbow colors in it how much it worth ?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Cherry,

      Sounds like one pretty penny indeed! Its value, based on condition, could be $10 to $20 or more if uncirculated, though considerably less if already worn.

      • doris hurd

        joshua its a d/d 2002

      • doris hurd

        thanks joshua

  • Jim Colquhoun

    Hello Joshua,

    I have several questions I was hoping may get answered.

    1- Are most silver coins (dimes, quarters, half dollars, etc.) dated prior to 1964 really worth more than ones from 1965 – present?

    2- In my parent’s coin collections, I found some unusual items – some are blue while most are red – I suspect this may be something handed out during WWII. Are these ‘red’ cents – and like the expression – that isn’t worth a red cent a reference to this – and is it really worthless?

    3- What’s the story with nickels – are they pretty much all worth the same? Seems like the nickel gets neglected when it comes to value… and lastly

    4- Is it true any penny 1981 or older (and some from 1982) are worth more simply because they have greater copper content than newer ones (again some from 1982 and) from 1983 – present?

    Thanks.

    JC

  • freddy

    i have a 1959-D penny…worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Freddy –

      A tough find these days, but a 1959-D Lincoln cent, if worn, is still worth only a penny.

  • joshua

    how much is a 1983 2p new pence coin worth mint condition

  • Annetta Garrett

    a 1907 wheat penny in very good condition. Trying to find out approximately what it is worth.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Annetta –

      Your 1907 Indian Head cent is worth around $3 to $5.

  • Becky W

    I have 1920 1941 and 1956 wheat pennies, also a 1969 s penny are they worth anything more than a cent?
    -becky

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Becky –

      Yes, your 1920 Lincoln cent is worth around 10 cents whereas your 1941 and 1956 pennies are each worth around 5 cents. Your 1969-S Lincoln cent is technically worth one cent, but all S-mint Lincoln pennies have become highly scarce in circulation and may at some point command a slight premium in circulated grades.

  • -Brianna-

    HI, Joshua – my cousin has found a 1937 American penny and she will like to know the value if she get it ponded

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Brianna –

      A 1937 United States Lincoln cent is worth around 10 cents – but is an obsolete design and is a coin your cousin might want to hang on to.

  • irving montalvo

    Is this one worth anything??

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Irving –

      A 1944 Lincoln cent with moderate wear (as your coin exhibits) is worth about 10 cents.

      • irving montalvo

        ok, thank you much appreciated

  • Kathy Lewis

    I have 4 1960 -P pennies that are all separated in plastic bags. They come from a collection that was my aunts so not sure what they are worth if anything? Thank you..

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Kathy –

      Some 1960 Lincoln cents have small dates and others large; small date Lincoln cents are worth $3 to $5 or so whereas large dates are worth only a few cents.

      How to tell a 1960 large date from a small date? On a small date, the tops of the “1,” “9,” and “0” all form a nearly perfect line.

      Good luck!

      • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

        Yes, Kathy – The 1960-D small date is a keeper; they are worth 50 cents to $1 or so.

  • Kathy Lewis

    Also have a 1960-D- small penny as well ??

  • ConservativeSenior

    Hello. I have a 1943 wheat penny but don’t know what metal it is. How can I determine that? Thank you.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, ConservativeSenior –

      1943 steel cents (the common kind) will stick to a common magnet, whereas bronze 1943 pennies (the rare ones) will not. Good luck!

  • mark

    I have an 1988 penny with a dip in it is it a defect

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Mark –

      Without seeing a picture of your 1988 Lincoln penny it is hard to say for certain, though I believe it would be post-mint damage based on the description.

  • doris hurd

    i have a 2002 d/d penny with lost of colors , i wonder what is the value of it ? somebody help

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Doris-

      Either your coin was painted or has toned. If you’d like, you could submit a photo here to the comments section so we can get a second look-see and determine which of the two scenarios is going on.

  • doris hurd

    hi joshua i have a 1973 reddish purple penny no mint how much u think its worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi Doris,

      Many coin collectors would consider the reddish-purple toning desirable on the Lincoln cent. While there is no actual value guide for coins based solely on toning, it’s safe to say your piece may be worth anywhere from about 50 cents to upwards of a few dollars, based on the buyer.

  • Paige Leary

    I have anywhere from 1960’s to 1990’s pennies do U think any of them would be worth more than face value

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello Paige,

      Pretty much any Lincoln cent made before 1982 is worth more than face value due to its copper value.

      Here’s a post that you should find helpful: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2014/07/valuable-pennies.php

      If you have any more questions, please let me know and we can address coins on a piece-by-piece basis.

      Good luck!

  • TheMets philosophy

    I have a 1944 penny with the one cent is this worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello,

      Worn 1944 Lincoln cents are worth 3 to 5 cents each.

      Thanks for your question!

  • denzel

    1972 double-die??? Worth anything? And i also got a 1944s

  • Jerrod

    I have a 1934 Wheat penny as well as a 1936 wheat penny with a reddish hue to it… are either of these pennies worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Jerrod –

      Without seeing your coins I can’t say for certain, but the “reddish”hue is likely corrosion, which is very common among these older Lincoln cents.

      Your 1934 cent, in a typical state of wear, is worth around 5 cents, and your 1936 is worth around 3 cents.