Lincoln Cent Varieties – Coins That Don’t Always Have a Place in the Typical Coin Album

lincoln cent varietiesAs most Lincoln cent coin collectors know, collecting the entire series of pennies is not as easy as one may think. Certainly, the one-cent coin may be the lowliest of all currently circulating U.S. coinage as far as denominations go, and there may be tens of billions of Lincoln cents in existence – but collecting an example of every Lincoln cent ever made certainly isn’t cheap, nor is it easy.

There are some 300 different regular-issue date-and-mintmark combinations, and many of the coins made in the first decade after the series started in 1909 are considered rare or semi-key coins and are fairly pricey (and then, there is of course the 1909-S VDB penny, which will set you back a minimum of $1,000).

But instead of talking about the regular-issue Lincoln cents, let’s focus on pieces that often get quite a bit less attention. I’m talking about the coins that don’t always have a pre-determined place in the conventional Lincoln cent coin folder or album.

Over the course of more than 100 years, there have been several varieties that have arisen in the Lincoln cent series. Many of these varieties have attracted little attention outside of the circle of Lincoln cent enthusiasts, though some are highly popular and are even quite scarce.

Here’s a look at some of these Lincoln cent varieties and their approximate values:

•    1909 S Over Horizontal S (1909 S/S) Good-4: $110
•    1917 Doubled Die Obverse Fine-12: $200
•    1922 No D Good-4: $625
•    1922 Weak D Good-4: $30
•    1936 Doubled Die Obverse Fine-12: $25
•    1943 Boldly Doubled Mintmark Fine-12: $10
•    1944D D Over S Very Fine-20: $125
•    1946 S Over D Very Fine-20: $35
•    1955 Doubled Die Obverse Very Fine-20: $1,300
•    1956 D Above Shadow D Very Fine-20: $10
•    1960 Large Date: 20 cents
•    1960 Small Date: $3
•    1960-D Large Date: 20 cents
•    1960-D Small Date: 20 cents
•    1960 D Over D Large Over Small Date: $200
•    1969-S Doubled Die Obverse: $50,000
•    1970-S Small Date: $65
•    1971-S Doubled Die Obverse Proof: $650
•    1972 Doubled Die Obverse: $700
•    1979-S Filled S: $5
•    1979-S Clear S: $6
•    1981-S Filled S: $3
•    1981-S Clear S: $50
•    1982 Large Date (Copper): $1
•    1982 Small Date (Copper): $1.25
•    1982 Large Date (Zinc): $1
•    1982 Small Date (Zinc) $1.25
•    1982-D Large Date (Zinc): 25 cents
•    1982-D Small Date (Zinc): 15 cents
•    1983 Doubled Die Obverse: $300
•    1984 Doubled Ear: $250
•    1990 No S Proof: $3,000
•    1992-D Close AM: $500
•    1995 Doubled Die Obverse: $45
•    1999 Wide AM: $500
•    2000 Wide AM: $5

*Values are for coins in Mint State grade unless otherwise indicated.


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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  • Tim Lavender

    I just found a 1969 dime with no mint mark. What do I have?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Tim –

      Thanks for your question! You have a 1969 Roosevelt dime that was made in Philadelphia, which did not put mintmarks on its coins on a regular basis until 1980.

  • Biff Kress

    Joshua: When I tilt and magnify these two quarters to see them better, I see the letters ‘JF’ on my 1953 and 1964. Location is in the neckline slightly to the right of the last number in each date. what is the significance of ‘JF’, if any at all? Thank-You, Joshua!

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Biff –

      The “JF” are the initials of John Flanagan, the designer of the Washington quarter.

      Thank you for your question!

  • jwright673

    Joshua: My sister just sent me a 2009 Lincoln D penny. The front side looks like any Lincoln penny, but on the back it depicts a man sitting on a log reading a book with a tool (maybe an axe) on his right side. She asked me to check if this is a rare coin (her computer just went down). Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Brinny

      The US Mint changed the reverse of he 2009 penny to celebrate the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth, as well as the 100th anniversary of the production of the Lincoln cent!

      The obverse (front) of the 2009 penny will still remain as the VDB likeness of President Lincoln. Each reverse (back) depicts the four major aspects of Lincoln’s personal and professional life.

      Although they are always fun to see if you can find them in your change, I don’t think they are actually worth anything more than $.08 right now…I think Josh would know more about value.

      • jwright673

        Thank you for your reply – that answers mine and m sister’s question.

        • Brinny

          You’re welcome!

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide


      That neat-looking 2009 Lincoln cent shows 1 of 4 special designs honoring Abraham Lincoln during what would have been his 200th birthday. The man sitting on the log is Lincoln as a young person reading a book.

      Circulated versions of these 2009 Lincoln cents are worth 1 cent each, though uncirculated versions are worth around 20 cents and proof varieties have a value of about $3.

      Here’s some more info about 2009 pennies:

      • jwright673

        Thanks for the info – that help us out.  Much appreciated.

  • Brinny

    Hey Josh.

    I have a VERY thin 1941 Wheat Penny. It is paper thin, and it looks as the designs on both sides are perfectly printed, except it’s a little bit light, considering the thickness (or lack of!). Is there any value to this error? I haven’t been able to find any information on it.


    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Brinny –

      Without seeing your coin I can’t say for sure, but I suspect it was dropped in acid — a very common fate for many coins. What results is a very thin version of the original coin, usually with some semblance of the design still intact.