Want Valuable Pennies? Here Are 10 Pennies You Should Be Looking For

valuable-pennies-photo-by-fireflythegreat.jpg After years of writing coin articles, I have discovered that there is one coin everybody seems to always be asking about — pennies.

In fact, one of the most common questions people usually have about pennies concern which ones are the most valuable.

Thankfully for coin collectors, there are plenty of valuable pennies to be looking for.

Let’s take a look at 10 of the most valuable pennies among rare U.S. coins…

 

10 Most Valuable Pennies

Let’s start off this list of valuable pennies with the most expensive and work on down to the least-most expensive (make sense?).

Of course, there are always new price records being set and expensive varieties being discovered.

Just so you know, this list doesn’t count large cents of 1793 through 1857.

Yes, those are often referred to those large copper coins as pennies, too — but for the sake of this article, only small cents (those made since 1856) will be covered. 

Lincoln Bronze Cents of 1943

Any of the 1943 bronze cents, as a group, currently belong to the heading of ‘most-valuable pennies.’ While the 1943 steel cent is a common coin, with hundreds of millions made, the United States Mint mistakenly struck somewhere between 20 to 40 of the 1943 cents from the bronze blanks normally used for pennies of other years.

A 1943-D bronze cent was recently sold for $1.7 million!

Other 1943 bronze cents have sold for between $80,000 and $200,000 in recent years.

1944 Steel Cents

OK, so we have the 1943 bronze cents… but have you heard about the 1944 steel cents? A reverse of the same mistake that caused the bronze cents of 1943 created a small number of steel cents the following year.

1944 steel cents don’t seem to have the same degree of attention that their earlier bronze counterparts enjoy, but 1944 steel cents are still highly rare and valuable.

In recent years, 1944 steel cents have sold for over $100,000!

1969-S Double Die Cent

Think Lincoln Memorial cents aren’t worth much? Think again. There are plenty of valuable Lincoln Memorial pennies, and the 1969-S double die takes the cake!

The doubling on the 1969-S double die (which is not a proof but, rather, a regular strike) is seen mainly in the lettering and date on the obverse of this rare coin. With very few in existence and ever-soaring demand, the 1969-S double die is easily worth over $50,000.

1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Our journey along the path of the most valuable pennies takes us back to the very first ‘small size’ one-cent coin in the U.S. Up until the late 1850s, our one cent coin had always been nearly as large as a half-dollar.

But waning purchasing power pressed the need for a small one-cent coin. Enter the 1856 Flying Eagle cent – the first official U.S. penny the size of modern-day one-cent coins.

Only 2,000 1856 Flying Eagle cents were made, and each is worth a pretty penny. Prices start at over $6,500 for well-worn specimens and tick up in value to over $15,000 for pieces in uncirculated grades.

1955 Double Die Cent

When the 1955 double die Lincoln cent first emerged, it quickly became a coin that everybody wanted but, due to low numbers of available pieces, not everybody could have. Today, the 1955 double die penny remains an extremely sought-after coin that is especially in demand among Lincoln cent collectors.

Doubling in the date and lettering is where coin collectors notice the ghost-like double image on this error cent that’s worth between $1,000 and $15,000.

1888/7 Indian Head Cent

This list of valuable pennies is mainly dominated by errors and varieties, and you’re probably beginning to see why — they’re generally rare and are pieces that many coin collectors love to own because they’re so neat.

The 1888 over 7 Indian Head cent is another one of those coins that are rare and sought-after by coin collectors.

While the Indian Head cent series is not nearly as widely collected as Lincoln cents, Indian Head cents are popularly collected by date and mintmark, and the 1888/7 Indian Head cent is one of those pieces that Indian Head cent lovers simply feel they have to have.

If you’re going to buy one, however, you’ll need to dig pretty deep into your wallet or purse… prices begin at around $900 for a well-worn example!

1877 Indian Head Cent

Think of the most popular rarity among Indian Head cents, and it’s likely your mind turns to the 1877 Indian Head cent. The 1877 penny is the stuff of Indian Head cent collectors’ dreams. And for good reason — it’s the rarest regular-strike coin in the series and downright expensive in even the most-worn grades.

A little more than 850,000 were struck (a tiny number by modern-day standards). Because the 1877 cent is required for completion of an Indian Head penny collection, there are simply  not enough to fill every Indian Head cent collection.

Prices start at around $900 for a well-worn example and ascend into the $3,000 to $5,000 range for typical uncirculated pieces.

1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent

I bet you were wondering where this famous coin would show up on this list. Is there really any more popular of a coin in the world (outside of the 1804 dollar) than the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent? I submit the answer is no.

Virtually everybody seems to know about ‘the 1909 penny.’ Now more than a century old, the 1909-S VDB cent has been building in both legendary status and value for generations.

What makes the 1909-S VDB cent so important is that it bears Victor David Brenner’s initials (VDB) and was made at the San Francisco mint (which is why there is an ‘S’ under the date). Only 484,000 1909-S VDB cents were ever made — and the number of people who collect Lincoln cents may be well into the millions.

Clearly, there simply aren’t enough 1909-S VDB&nbs
p;Lincoln pennies to go around. If you can afford to lay out around $800 to $1,000, you’ll be able to buy a nice but well-worn 1909-S VDB cent for your coin collection. $2,000 to $3,000 will land you an example in uncirculated grade.

1922 Plain Cent

When people first found a 1922 penny without a mintmark, they assumed it was simply a Philadelphia version of a 1922 cent. That’s a perfectly reasonable assumption, especially since pennies made in Philadelphia — even to this day — don’t bear a mint mark. However, there’s one slight problem to that reasoning: Philadelphia didn’t make any pennies in 1922!

So, what caused the 1922 plain cent? Only Denver struck pennies that year (and not too many, either, at only around 7 million!). It’s believed that the ‘D’ mint mark was accidentally removed from the die (the stamp that impresses images on coins) when mint officials tried to fix damage to it.

You’re going to come across many 1922 cents that don’t have much, if any, evidence of a ‘D.’ However, the most valuable types of 1922 no-D Lincoln cents are those which have a weak-looking obverse (heads side) and strong, bold reverse (the tails side). True 1922 plain cents are worth around $700 to $1,000 in lower grades.

1909-S Indian Head Cent

1909 was a wild year for pennies. There are several cents from that year which are worth much, much more than face value. But the 1909-S Indian Head cent is the 2nd-most expensive penny from that year.

With only 309,000 made (less than even the 1909-S VDB penny), the 1909-S Indian cent is a sought-after rarity that is high on the list of those who collect Indian pennies. At around $400 to $500 for well-worn examples, the 1909-S Indian cent is a piece that any coin collector would be proud to own.

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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  • MB

    IS there any value on the VDB penny that doesn’t show the mint letter/? How would one go about finding the true value of this penny?

    • Anonymous

      MB,

      The ‘true’ value of a VDB penny without the ‘S’ mintmark is about $8 to $12 in worn grades and around $25 to $30 and up for those that have no wear whatsoever.

  • Jnbassman

    1898 Indian head penny-whats it worth

    • Anonymous

      JN,

      An 1898 Indian head cent in typical worn grades is worth $2 to $5.

  • Loveah555

    what is a 1810 large penny worth

    • Anonymous

      Love,

      It depends on the grade. Let’s assume the coin in question is worn to Good (generally the lowest collectible grade for most coins), has normal brown coloring, and has no porosity, bends, holes, or other damage; such a piece is worth about $50.

      If your piece the coin has any type of damage whatsoever (including being cleaned), its value goes down significantly from there.

      Hope this helps!

  • Handsfirst

    I have an 1888 Indian Head cent. The last 8 looks different. Is there a way to tell if it’s a 1888/7 by looking at it? If not, who should I contact?

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Hands —

      While there are a number of possible little error-related (or even damage issues) that could affect the way the last ‘8’ looks, it’s always possible that it is the rare 1888/7 overdate; die cuds, die chips, or die breaks are possible for explaining the different-looking ‘8’ on your coin.

      You could always post a photo on The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook page if you’d like and that may help with an explanation. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

      Here’s another link you’ll want to check out; it’s a coin forum board that discusses the very issue of the 1888/7 Indian cent, along with a talk about some of the characteristics of the piece; because it’s often hard to see the ‘7’ under the ‘8,’ you must also check for other things on the coin that are seen on the error piece: http://www.coincommunity.com/forum/topic.asp?ARCHIVE=true&TOPIC_ID=29296

      Hope this helps!

  • just wondering

    I have a 1916 penny with no mint mark on it. Does that make it any more valuable than with a mint mark?

    • Anonymous

      Not in the case of the 1916; that’s what a regular Philadelphia-minted cent should look like. Yours is worth around 20 to 50 cents.

  • james Boynton

    i have 1943 steel penny that I will part with.

  • dianne

    I have a 1902 indianhead penny with no mint mark, can you tell me what it is
    worth? wants to sell

    • Anonymous

      Dianne,

      Assuming your 1902 Indian Head cent to be in typical worn grades without any damage, it’s worth around $3.

  • lmcjim

    hope someone can tell me if my 1955 wheat penny that shows dd on in god we trust but the date does not have dd date. have 3 more 55 penny’s an none have the dd in the igwt

  • Ginagarza8292

    i just bought 1943 d steel pennies at an auction and im wondering how much they are worth

    • Anonymous

      Gina,

      The value of your 1943-D pennies really depends on their condition. A typical worn 1943-D steel cent is worth around 10 to 25 cents. However, those that are in lower-end uncirculated (not worn) grades are worth $1 to $2. If they are in gem uncirculated grades, they could easily be worth $10 each or more.

  • Jsb1561

    I have a 1909 Indian penny, it has a small s below the wreath on the back. It looks brand new like it was punched last year…not even a scratch. Could this coin be real and if it is is it worth anything.

    • Anonymous

      JSB,

      The 1909-S Indian Head penny is a very rare penny worth $450 in even very well worn grades and around $1,000 in uncirculated grades. So, definitely a 1909-S Indian Head cent has value, but the question is if yours is real.

      Because of the potential value of the coin, I recommend getting it authenticated by a third-party coin grading service. Some of the best and most respected are PCGS, NGC, and ANACS. Here’s some more info on third-party coin graders: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/01/slabbed_coins.php

      • Jsb1561

        I scanned the front and back of of my penny so you could see it, where would I send it to.

  • Bertc194

    I have an 1858 flying eagle penny and am wondering what it is worth.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Bert,

      The value of your 1858 Flying Eagle cent varies upon its condition. Many are corroded, porous, or heavily worn and therefore worth $10 to $20. If it has only moderate wear and no damage, it’s worth closer to the $30 to $50 range.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CLKXCXQOBNT23PMAZM7KGGG4JM Frank Quarrell

    I HAVE SEVERAL 1930 WHEAT PENNIES, 1932S, 35S, 36, 36D, 37, 37S 38D, 39S AND A 1934. THE THING IS THAT ALL THE ONES ABOVE HAVE THE SAME SHAPE 3. THE 3 ON THE 1934 HAS AN ELONGATED TAIL JUST LIKE THE NUMBER 9 ON THE COIN AND THE TOP OF THE 3 IS LEANING TOWARDS LINCOLN. I DO NOT HAVE ANOTHER 1934 TO COMPARE IT WITH. IS THE CASE WITH ALL 1934’S

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Frank — in fact, the unique, elongated ‘3’ in all 1934 pennies is a great example of how one can easily know the year of certain coins based on the minor (though sometimes major) differences in design or minting which occur throughout a coin series. If you closely examine each of your coins, you’ll begin noticing patterns as to the shape of certain numerals or letters, and you’ll even see minor differences in mintmark placement on older coins.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rosario-Macias/100002205217133 Rosario Macias

    I have alot of pennys with me this are the years 1969s – 1944- 1959 D – .  if you want to call me my number is 619- 428- 7536

  • Mcp600

    I have a 1981 penny that looks silver. I have not found a listing for such a penny.

  • Susie Decker

    I have a 1929 D Wheat Cent (the D is filled in) there is no rim and it is VERY thin (like a top layer that was struck both sides. Do you think this is an actual ‘error’ coin? if it is what would oiit be worth?

  • Dcy5050

    i have a cap like wheat penny with wheat side up. can not find what its worth.

  • Williammadrid09

    what’s the value of a 1853 -O seated liberty dime?

    • Anonymous

       William,

      An 1853-O dime in typical, well worn condition is worth approximately $20 to $30.

  • Jasonkillgo

    1969 s single strike penny with a edge that is missing on a small part. Does not appear to have been cut or hit but the side is slightly missing for about double the thickness of the outside bezel. 

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      A 1969-S Lincoln cent with a clipped edge is worth around $1 to $2.

  • sweetlady99

    i have got a 2009 prnny this penny has a man standing next to the white house and is mint shap, is this penny  worth anything?

  • sweetlady99

    I have a 2009 penny, this penny has a man standing and pointing to the whitehouse,can you tell me if this has any value to it.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Sweetlady,

      Your penny is showing an image of Lincoln and is one of four commemorative pennies from 2009 celebrating the bicentennial of the 16th president’s birth. Unless it is in mint state condition, it is worth face value. Here’s some more info on these interesting 2009 pennies: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/02/2009_lincoln_cent.php

  • JG

    Hi I have a 1956 D (appears to be) steel penny that i can’t find anything about.

    i can find plenty on the 1944 D steel penny, but not 1956 D,

    Any suggestions? Check out the picture. 

    • Rpj1

      use a magnet to verify it is truly steel

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      JG,

      It may have been coated in mercury or plated in silver or pewter after it left the mint. Either scenario is quite common for pennies from that era.

  • Meelody333

    wow great info but one more question .I have a 1929 wheatback penny that has no int mark , What would this penny be worth ? I thank you if you can help out please meelody333@yahoo.ca

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Meelody,

      A 1929 Lincoln cent with no mint mark and in typical worn condition is worth around 10 cents.

  • Jeanne

    I have a 1879 Indian head penny. Does it have any real value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Jeanne,

      Your 1879 Indian cent is worth $3 to $5 in typical worn condition.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QPBCSWNT6WPWHNUWLFSC7HPZOI jimmy g.

    Hello, i have found an indian head penny with the numbers 190 for the date??  seems to be in better than average condition and even under a microscope it looks like the last digit was never there. ever heard of this type of odd  coin before?
    thanks for your time

  • kv

    i have a 1943s penny… i preformed the magnet test and it sticks to it…. is my penny worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Kv,

      Your 1943 S penny is worth around 25 cents.

  • Cpowers20

    I have an 1896 Indian Head Penny – does anyone know it’s worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Cpowers,

      It’s worth approximately $3 in typical worn condition.

  • Deedeewidener

    i have a 1942 penny that sticks to a magnet,does anyone know what its worth?

  • Jackiedunigan1

    I Have an indian head penny it,s an 1893 or 1894 what is it’s worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Jackie,

      An Indian cent of either year is worth the same, about $2 to $3.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Jackie,

      An Indian cent of either year is worth the same, about $2 to $3.

  • Maggieshuler

    I have a 1968 penny were Lincoln rises up higher than others, and In God We Trust is bent. Is it worth anything?!

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Maggie,

      Would you please post a pic here on the forum so we can take a look at it?

      • metal_gear14

        I too have a 1968 penny where Lincoln rises higher than usual. I’ve had plenty of 1968 pennies but not one like this. It’s actually very noticeable too. The mint mark is D. I’ll try to upload some shots soon.

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Hi, Metal –

          Yes, the 1968 Lincoln cent has a very high relief, and on examples that are well struck and only lightly (or not at all) worn, the rich strike is only more prominent.

  • Elimata10

    I have a 1924 penny..is it worth anything??

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Elimata –

      Yes, it’s worth around 25 cent in typical, worn condition.

  • JJ

    Hello, I just came across a 1944 D Wheat Penny, on the back, it looks as though it was “cut” or slashed. The odd part is, the “slash” does not go all the way through to the front. I’m going to try and explain the front of the coin best I can. Imagine you did cut the penny , and looking on the back, you cut it just a hair in from the beginning of the E in the word CENT. The front then looks like you took the cut piece and made an impression on the left side of the front of the coin. I can make out a light impression of the feather, I can see a C in Lincoln’s hair, I can also see another number I beleive on his jacket. But , that does not explain how right above the word LIBERTY, is (backwards) MUNU. Does anyone know of such a misprint or mistake made like this??? What are your thoughts???? BTW, the reason I just came across this is because we have been going through items that the previous home owner’s family left behind. We have found a few treasures so far……
    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dovelamp

    thx…good stuff

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Dovelamp –

      Thank you for your comment! Please keep checking back to The Fun Times Guide to Coins for new and exciting articles.

  • Jgolo78

    I have a 1976 D penny that I have had since I was a little girl. It looks like it could be gold or brass and has a liberty bell and a USA map stamped on the front. I have found lots of info on regular pennies that have been stamped by private people or companies (like the JFK penny) but I haven’t been able to find any information about why this penny is the color it is. My question is…What is the story behind this penny? Should I keep it? Is it valuable? 

    I have attached a picture if it helps but the picture doesn’t do this penny justice. It’s much prettier in person ;)Thank you so much.Jen

  • http://www.facebook.com/diane.davenport.16 Diane Davenport

    i have a 1973 lincoln penny with jfk looking at lincoln. any idea what its worth is? i seen on one site that it was uncirclated. any info is welcome

  • Adam M

    I found a 1908 Indian penny in the woods, and It’s in pretty good shape. It also has an S stamped on it. could It be worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Nice find, Adam! The fact you found that coin in the woods leads me to wonder if it has any damage, but a 1908-S Indian Head cent without any signs of porosity, major nicks, bends, holes, or other damage is worth around $60 and up.

      • Adam M

        Thanks! The features are really clear and bold, except the liberty head band has a few letters that are tough to make out. when I found out it was some what rare I thought I’d look into it.

  • Bob M

    I have an 1860 one cent Indian Head coin in Very Fine (I believe) condition – hardly looks circulated; and I have a 1862 Once Cent Indian Head coint, probably Very Good condition – looks worn.  Can you tell me their approximate worth>

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Bob –

      If the grades you’ve provided are accurate and there is no damage (heavy nicks, cleaning, gouges,etc.) to your coins, the 1860 Indian cent is worth around $15-$20 and the 1862 about $10.

  • Bobbyjo

    i have just bought an 1862 indian head cent for $3 !!!!!!

  • Vonnie

    What is a 1929 penny worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Vonnie –

      A 1929 Lincoln cent in typical, well-worn condition is worth 10 cents.

  • The Popps

    I have a 1968d error penny – it does not have a . after the unum.  Is this of any value?  Popps

  • Sunnygirl10

    Hi Josh, I inherited a suitcase full of pennies (probably 50 lbs or so).  I have actually had them for about 10 years, but I am finally going to start digging through them.  Any tips to get through them easily and how to deposit the normal valued cents?  Also, are the actually copper pennies worth more than one cent? 

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Sunnygirl –

      Wow, hopefully you’ll find some coins well worth keeping in that suitcase. For starters, I would divide everything this way:

      Pre-1959 (Indian cents/Lincoln wheat cents)
      1959-1981 (Copper Lincoln Memorial cents)
      1982-present (Zinc Lincoln Memorial/Union Shield cents)

      Except for errors, the 1982-present Lincoln cents really have no value except face.

      Those struck from 1959-1982 are copper-based Lincoln cents that have a copper value of roughly 3 cents *Legal sidenote – you cannot legally melt copper Lincoln cents for their metal value. However, many coin dealers will buy them for 1.5 – 3 cents each. Roll these and consider offering them to a dealer who pays more than face for them.

      Here’s some info on Lincoln Memorial cents:

      *http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/12/lincoln_penny.php

      For the Lincoln wheat cents, you’ll want to search for the dates listed in these two articles:

      *http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/07/rare_wheat_pennies.php

      *http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/12/lincoln_semi_key_coins.php

      For all the unmentioned Lincoln wheat cents that are without errors, they’re worth about 3 to 10 cents each and should be rolled and sold to a coin dealer.

      If you happen to be lucky enough to find any Indian Head pennies in that suitcase, you’ll want to read this:

      *http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/03/indian_heady_penny_value.php

      Good luck!

  • Lastdaysbeforethelord

    I noticed on the new 2010 lincoln penny it looks like a crack on the right sholder of linclon.. just wondering if anyone else noticed this also.

  • Birchtree119

    I have a1944 and 1955 pennies want to sell need to know best way to sell

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Birchtree –

      Both your 1944 and 1955 Lincoln cents are worth around 10 cents. If you still want to sell them, consider placing them on eBay for the best chance of profit.

  • Birchtree119

    Dose it make diff if they are wheat backed 1944 and 1955 I also found a1920 one

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      1920, 1944, and 1955 Lincoln wheat cents are all common and worth 3 to 10 cents each.

  • Patman_5315

    i have a two sided weat penny with dates 1944 AND 1945 on different sides is it worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Patman –

      You actually have a novelty coin, specially made using two real Lincoln cents. These were made by an individual for the sake of entertainment and have no numismatic value.

  • digginfoo

    i metal detect and have dug some nice coins including pennies. recently i dug an 1869 indian head that believe it or not is in excellent condition. maybe because it is bronze idk. also i have dug an 1805 large cent, 1850 large cent ( which is immaculant beside the bend straight down mid from plow) another large cent nearly a slug from corrosion but can make out the bust on back, another indian head and a flying eagle that has corrosion but salvageable. i just do not know the correct way to clean them without ruining them. 2 half cents 1809, 2 -3 cent pieces, also an 1752 II reale i think its called! i really wish i knew how to clean the copper up. also pretty sure older coins were carried by civil war soldier cuz they came from camps.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Those are some incredible finds! You really don’t want to clean those coins those – you want to keep their original color because that is desirable to coin collectors and investors. If you need to clean off dirt or other debris, run your coins under tepid water and pat them dry with a soft cloth.

      Values for your coins could be given if you could provide photos.

      Good luck on your future searches!

  • Joshua

    I have a 1910 Lincoln penny with a marking under the date I cannot make out.
    Also a 1919 with no mint marking. Do you know what they are worth? Thanks. K

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Joshua –

      The mintmark under the date is an “S” which stands for San Francisco, which is the location of the branch mint that struck your Lincoln cent. Yours is worth around $7 to $10 if in typical, worn condition.

      Your 1919 Lincoln cent is worth around 25 cents to $1.

  • Carlos Uribe

    Hey Joshua,
    I have a Lincoln Penny coin album..the penny dates are from 1909 to 1960..I also have some Indian pennies dated 1897 and 1900. Who can I sell it to? I am from LA. Thanks. Carlos

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Carlos –

      Sounds like you have a nice collection there. Here’s a link to a search engine of reputable coin dealers that are in your area – just fill out the info: http://www.pngdealers.com/dealersearch.php

      Good luck!

  • jim

    i have an 1864. i guess its a wheat penny but it has the initials J.G. stamped on the indians head. what would this be worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Jim –

      The initials stamped onto the coin actually make this piece altered, though it is still worth a couple dollars.

  • cat

    who do you sell rare coins too
    I have a 1944s penny

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Cat –

      A 1944-S Lincoln cent is worth around 3 to 5 cents, but if you’re interested in selling it still, you may want to try eBay, as you may get a bidder who’ll pay more than that to complete a collection of Lincoln cents.

  • twisted steel & sex appeal

    Who would happen to know some collectors willing to purchase a single 1969-s double die lincoin cent?? I have acquired some other valuable coins as well..

  • Anderwwaterpolo

    was going through my sisters coin collection that she gave me and found an Indian headed coin silver buffalo on the back…. mid condition it says five cents one the bottom of the back any idea what its value is?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Ander,

      Is the year of the coin visible on your coin? If it is completely dateless, it’s worth around 50 cents.

      • tammy

        i have a double dateded elizabeth 2 d..g.regina wheat penny 1867-1992.on the lower right corner back side has k.g on it whats its worth

  • Anderwwaterpolo

    found a 1542 year coin it says California Dollar on the top of the back and says THE GOLDEN STATE on the bottom it has a bird and bear on it and a guy looking for gold worth anything?

  • DamianRobnison

    i found this one penny on it it say davenport chapter no.16 R.A.M, chaptered june 1st, davenport Iowa 1857 one penny and on the back is what looks like or what ive been told is free mason symbol. If anyone knows anything about this coin can i hear a little background about it and its value.

  • eva arellano

    I have 2 pennys from. 1969 doble die so is it worth 50000 each of them?

  • DELORES

    i have a 1962 penney great condition with the letters ABP stamped across the front of the penney have been doing some research on this to find out the value also have indian penney dated back to 1897

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Delores –

      The letters ABP were not imprinted by the U.S. Mint, so they are likely somebody’s initials. This adds no collector value to the coin.

      The 1897 Indian Head cent, however, is worth around $3 to $5.

  • Nicki

    I see the 1956 flying eagle penny is very valuable. I have a 1957, do these go for much?

  • http://www.facebook.com/NickM360 Nicholas Meskouris

    Hi Joshua, is a silver 1981 penny real, my friend has one

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Nicholas –

      A 1981 Lincoln cent that appears silver in color has likely been coated in silver, nickel, or pewter.

  • Manny

    Hi Joshua i found a 1990 penny with no markings and as i looked for info they have an s mark but mine have no s. Is it worth anything?

  • jessica

    I have a couple of silver pennies with 1943 as the date i was wondering is it worth anything

    • http://www.facebook.com/cody.sloan.315 Cody Sloan

      The pennies are made of zinc plated steel. Philidelphias are start about 10-15 cents depending on condition. Denvers start at 20 cents and san fransisco mints start at about30 cents. All prices are for about good condition.

  • Phil

    Hey josh, I got a mint condition nickel a 2000. But yet only half is struck by the coin press and the other half is not. What is worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Phil –

      Typically, half-off center coins are worth anywhere from $10 to $50, based on exactly what parts of the coin are showing.

  • edithsanchez

    I have found a 1969 S penny i want to know if any one know how much is worth.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Edith –

      A typical 1969-S Lincoln cent is worth face value if it has any wear (this would be the case if you found it in pocket change); without wear, it’s worth around 10 to 20 cents. Proof versions (those with mirror-like surfaces) have a value of around $1.

  • Chris

    Hey Josh,
    I have a 1968 penny that looks goldish on the front, but copper on the back. I was wondering if you have heard about this and what it’s worth? I also have a 2006 dime with what looks like part of the striking maching partical stuck in the back right in the middle of the torch, but doesn’t poke through the front. Any idea in value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Chris –

      As for your 1968 penny, it sounds like it may have been partially gold plated (something commonly done by people outside of the U.S. Mint); this really doesn’t add any value to the coin however.

      As for the dime, it is hard to verify exactly if there was some type of striking error without seeing the coin in hand; perhaps if you could post an image of the coin here in the comments section I could try and ascertain precisely what is going on as well as a possible estimate on the value.

      Thanks!

  • Vito’s Mom

    My husband has been saving pennies for over 30 years……..Please let us know what years should we just return to the bank?

  • anonymous

    hi, i have a 1991 p kennedy half dollar, i looked up on another website and it said it’s worth 4 to 5 dollar’s, but a minute ago i found out on the bottom of the neck of kennedy there was a shape like an R a little is that worth anything or is that something that’s on every kennedy half dollar? also is the 1943-D bronze penny really worth 1.7 million? thanks,

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Anon –

      The little “R” you mentioned seeing on the Kennedy half dollar is part of the initial of Gilroy Roberts, who designed the obverse of the Kennedy half dollar. Unless it is in mint condition, your Kennedy half is worth face value.

      It is true that the 1943-D bronze penny can bring over $1 million, but these prices vary as these coins, which are very few in number, appear on auction.

  • anonymous

    Oh and please answer as fast as you can thanks

  • dhk

    how can you tell if a penny is bronze? because i have never seen one and want to recognize one if i see one,

  • http://www.facebook.com/rawb.gardner Rawb Gardner

    I was wondering which mint mark was most sought after? S, D, or P?

  • Eva

    I have a 1971-D Lincoln Penny that is missing the E in E-Plurebus Unum is it possible that this is a missprint?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Eva,

      It’s likely your 1971-D Lincoln cent was weakly struck, or perhaps somebody scraped off the “E.”

  • KTM racer

    I have a 2009 penny with a picture of lincoln on the back standing in front of whats possibly the white house. I looked up if it was rare (for a 2009 penny) and it said it was. Now I’m just wondering if it’s worth anything or not.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, KTM –

      If by rare you mean that they were made for only a short time during a single year, then you might say they are scarce in that sense. However, tens of millions of Lincoln/White House cents were made during the last few months of 2009, and are not really worth more than face value unless in pristine uncirculated condition. Here’s some more info on these 2009 Lincoln cents: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/02/2009_lincoln_cent.php

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaee.reyes.7 Jaee Reyes

    i have a 1990 penny with the IL state in the front .
    anyone know anything about it ?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Jaee –

      You have a type of novelty coin that was counterstamped with the Illinois state profile. These are worth about 50 cents to $1 to any collector so inclined to collect such pieces.

  • Richard Thomas

    I have a penny that has “UNCIRCULATED PHILADELPHIA” with a large P in the center on one side and “UNITED STATES TREASURY” and the treasury seal in the center. What is it?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Richard –

      You actually have a mint token that was included in special sets of uncirculated coins struck at the U.S. Mint. These sets, called mint sets, are produced virtually every year and usually include one example of every type of coin being made in a given year.

      Here’s more info: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/07/mint_coin_sets.php

  • Kyle

    Hey i have 1918, 1924 and1940 wheat penny, does anyone know ifthey worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Kyle –

      Yes, your pennies are worth more than face value; the 1918 and 1924 are each worth around 20 cents while the 1940 Lincoln cent comes in at around 10 cents.

  • Kyle

    Is 1899 and 1904 penny worth anything

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Kyle –

      In fact they are worth something! The 1899 and 1904 Indian cents are each worth around $3 to $5.

  • disqus_XyqYkhjKZY

    Hello Joshua.. I have a wheat cooper Pennie that reads 194 D I think its rare but do not know for sure. Can you give me a little more insight..

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello,

      Sounds like your Lincoln cent is the victim of a filled die, which means part of the stamp used to impart the image on your coin was filled with grease or debris. Your coin may have also been weakly struck. In either circumstance, your coin really doesn’t have a premium value, as no 1940-decades Lincoln cent struck at Denver (the “D” mintmark) is really scarce, and the type of situation you describe does not warrant a higher value.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.champagne.90 Doug Champagne

    Hey Joshua, i found a 1906 indian head penny, it seems to be silver colored on the face and more of a bronze color on the back. Looking at it from the side it looks almost as if the front and back are joined together?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Doug –

      It could be the case that they’ve been fused together; do you see some type of seam running around the edge of the coin? If you do, that’s a clear giveaway that the piece is simply two adjoined faces formed to make a “coin.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.champagne.90 Doug Champagne

    I have a 1906 indian head penny, it is silver color on the face and more of a bronze color on the back. Looking at it from the side it looks as though there is a seam that joins the front and back?

  • Brandy

    Hi Josh, I have a 1964 D penny very shiny and sticks to a magnet is it worth anything

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hmm… It’s possible you have some type of replica that was made with steel.

  • mystique

    Hi i have a coin that looks silver. On one side it says :FID:DEF:IND:IMP:TWO SHILLINGS 1948: In the middle there’s the pic of a crown flower. on the left of flower theres a crown with the initial G. onthe right side theres a tree or flower with the letter R under it. underthe main flower theres a stalk with two leaves.
    Back of coin GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX.
    Can you help is this valuable thank you .

  • disqus_sNTAA69dQg

    hey i have a 1961D. Is it worth anything?

  • Katy

    I have a 1944 with no mint marker penny, a couple 1969 pennies, the first one the mint marker looks like just a dot and the other there is no mint marker. can you tell me if any are worth anything?

  • Cody Sutton

    I have an Lincoln wheat penny from 1927 and it is warped. It seems to be authentic but I don’t know how much its worth. It seems to me like the copper was still hot when it was struck, causing the copper to buckle. I would say its in fine condition. Would someone help me figure out the price

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Cody –

      It could also be that the coin has been bent post mint, meaning the coin is considered damaged. If that’s the case, your 1927 Lincoln cent would be worth a few cents.

      • Cody Sutton

        No the penny is not bent, it’s warped. There’s no damage to the print at all.

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Hi, Cody –

          Would you mind attaching a photo for us here in the comments forum so we can take a look at your Lincoln cent? Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004801959479 James Michael M. Agtarap

    i have a 1959d and a 1977d lincoln memorial penny. both in good shape.does it worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, James –

      Unless your 1959-D and 1977-D Lincoln cents are in mint (uncirculated) condition, they are essentially worth face value. But hang onto those, as all pennies made before 1982 are becoming harder to find in pocket change due to their copper content.

  • Lisa

    Hi I have a 1943 Steel Penny and the date is double stamped. I dont see anything in my coo. Book about a 1943 Double Die Steel Penny. What is this worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Lisa –

      There is no record of any 1943 doubled die Lincoln cents, and while there is always a first, it is more likely that your coin is showing evidence of machine doubling, which doesn’t really add any value to the coin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cody.sloan.315 Cody Sloan

    I have a 1945 philidelphia penny with a small portion missing out of it. Is it worth any more than a normal 1945 penny?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Cody –

      Without seeing the coin, it’s hard to say if it was a mint error coin that would have some significant value to it, but if it were damage, the coin would really only be worth about face value.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cody.sloan.315 Cody Sloan

      With regards to the previous comment made on my earlier post, another penny fits perfectly in the part thats missing, which is about 1/15th of the coin. I graded it as VF-20BN. Everything is readable but rhe mint mark is slightly worn, making it hard to read. Overall color is slightly reddish brown. Average circulated 1945 penny worth about $0.10.

      I also have a 1953 D that looks very similar to the 1943 steel cents. It has a metal band around it as if it was made into a necklace at one point. It isn’t magnetic like the 1943’s… Can anybody give me any information on these two coins?

      Thanks,
      Cody

      • http://www.facebook.com/cody.sloan.315 Cody Sloan

        Well, I guess if it has a mint mark then its a Denver Mint…

  • leslie

    i have a whole bottle of wheat pennies and a collectoin book from 1909 to 1977 and i have a penny from 1900 who can i find to tell me there worth and how can i sell them

  • http://www.facebook.com/seamus.ward.5 Seamus Ward

    i have 1929 B penny is it worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Seamus –

      Is it a “B” or an “S”? If it’s an “S,” your coin is worth around 10 to 15 cents. If it’s a “B,” then that’s a marking left by somebody outside the mint and renders the coin as damaged.

  • BETO

    How much is a 1992 D Lincoln-Kennedy penny worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      BETO,

      This novelty coin is worth about a dollar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christina.lilly.10 Christina Lilly Arey

    I have an 1898 Indian Head Penny but on the back it looks like a fancy letter B is stamped in it… I also have a 1975 lincoln penny that has some extra metal on the front covering up In God and running do the back of Lincoln while there is an indent on the back in the same area. Are either of these worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Christina –

      I would need to see a photo of your 1975 penny to determine what’s going on with the extra metal, but the letter “B” inscribed on the back of your Indian cent was put there by a private individual; it’s still worth a about a dollar or two.

  • tagoad@ymail.com

    so any steel penny dated 1943 with no mint mark was probably minted in Philadelphia?with no special value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Tagoad –

      Well, it is worth a little more than face value, at around 10 to 20 cents, but that’s about it.

      Thanks for your question!

  • MJC

    can never get my pics to post here so I posted another coin on facebook. It’s just strange looking. Thanks

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, MJC –

      Is the 1981 Lincoln cent you are asking about? We posted a reply on Facebook for you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sherry.rodenbaugh Sherry Rodenbaugh

    Well my mom n dad left me with a collection the oldest Indian Head 1888. Also1809 Half cent 1851 one cent Also a two headed coin which is so worn there is no date or wording but you can see the heads on both sides of the coin can anyone tell me about this

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Sherry –

      Thanks for your question. Here are values for the coins you mention; values are based on the specific condition of the coins:

      1809 half cent – $30 to $100 or more
      1851 large cent $15 to $50 or more
      1888 Indian Head cent: $2 or more
      Two-headed coin – we will need to see a picture of this coin, please, so we can determine what it is; however, it is likely a novelty coin. You can post images as attachments here in the comments forum.

  • disqus_nPdu0i6tUa

    i have a 1931 penny the size of a pea. how much would that be worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello,

      You likely have a novelty coin designed for use in a doll house. These types of replica coins actually do have a small collector market and yours could be worth about a dollar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.f.albrecht Rebecca Fullmetal Kitty Albrec

    Hello, i have come across in my small collection of odd coins two pennies. One has a B pressed into it that seems to have been done by a machine. The date of this penny is 1988. The second penny is one from 1937 that does not have the memorial on it. instead it clearly says ONE CENT with below it UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I only wrote in caps to show what it says clearly, not to sound rude in any way.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Rebecca –

      The 1988 penny sounds like it was altered by an individual after your coin left the U.S. Mint.

      The 1937 Lincoln cent displays the reverse (tails) design that adorned Lincoln pennies during the years 1909 through 1958. The wheat ear Lincoln cent is an obsolete penny that was replaced by the Lincoln Memorial cent in 1959. While yours is worth around 10 cents, there are some Lincoln wheat cents that have a value of $1,000 or more. Here’s some more info on those scarce Lincoln cents:

      Scarce Lincoln wheat cents: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/12/lincoln_semi_key_coins.php

      Rare Lincoln wheat cents: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/07/rare_wheat_pennies.php

  • Kyle

    Hey Josh got couple pennies i want you to take a look at if they worth any

  • Victor

    I have this 1968 S coin look like he have no hair on face and date and S look double and some letter, I never clean coin. What you think about this 1968 S penny ?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Victor –

      It looks to me like the date may have some evidence of machine doubling (not the same thing as a doubled die and really of no extra value unfortunately). This beautiful example of a 1968 Lincoln cent is typical in the sense that pennies from this year had a especially bold looking appearance.

  • jose

    Joshua hello I have a 1981 penny with an error and I would like to know a little more about

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Jose –

      It looks like your coin was struck slightly off center; these pieces do garner error collector attention and have a slightly higher value (perhaps 50 cents to $1 in your case) than regular coins of similar date and denomination.

  • jose

    JOSHUA HELLO,1955 WHEAT PENNY THIS HAVE DOUBLED DIE WITH ONLY MEETS THE EYE IN FIVE OF THE DATE, WOULD ANY ADDITIONAL VALUE?

  • jose

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    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Jose –

      It looks like there’s a little evidence of machine doubling in the second “5”; this type of error is not worth much more than face value, but in the case of the 1955 Lincoln cent, a machine doubled example is often used as a “filler” piece to lodge into any empty coin album slots designated for the far more pricey 1955 doubled die cent, which is worth around $1,200 and up.

  • Brooke

    I have a half penny with a sale boat on one side and nothing on the other side. Is this worth anything??

  • Rickisha Claybrooks

    Can u tell me the value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Rickisha –

      Because this 1969-S Lincoln cent is worn, its value would be face value.

  • taytay

    I have a 1935 wheat penny and a 2009 penny with what looks like Lincoln sitting on a log on the back. What might they be worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Taytay,

      Your 1935 Lincoln cent is worth 5 to 10 cents, whereas the 2009 is worth face value if it is worn.

  • Arty Chamberlain

    I have just got a bunch of coins 1943 D bronze penny & a 1956 bronze and silver plated penny and a 1887 & 1901 Indian head. Can u tell me anything about them? I will try to post the pics of them later if it works for me.

  • nicole

    I have 1943 steel pennies I want to find out value and grade and where I can sell them

  • PATRICIA

    I HAVE THREE PENNIES THAT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE VALUABLE A 1942 D PENNIE A 1951 D PENNIE AND A 1953 D PENNIE

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Patricia –

      Actually, each of your pennies is worth around 3 to 5 cents if they are worn.

      Thanks for your question!

      • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

        Hi, Patricia,

        A 1929 penny, with wear, is worth around 10 to 15 cents. Nice find!

  • PATRICIA

    AND I JUST FOUND A 1929 PENNIE CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE VALUE OF THESE PENNIES

  • Carrol Bryan

    Can u tell me if my 1969 s penny is worth anything?