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The 1984 penny is pretty easy to find in pocket change.
But have you heard about the 1984 doubled die penny?
Maybe you even have one of these rare 1984 pennies sitting in a change jar at home.
Read on to find out how to spot one of these 1984 doubled die pennies and discover what these rare coins are worth!
1984 Penny Value
Most 1984 pennies are worth just face value if they’re worn.
The only 1984 pennies that are worth more than 1 cent are those that:
- are uncirculated
- were struck as collector proof coins
- have errors or varieties
Perhaps the most famous 1984 penny is the highly popular doubled die cent.
We’ll talk much more about the 1984 doubled die penny and how to find one of these error coins, but let’s first discuss 1984 penny values:
- 1984 Philadelphia (No Mintmark) penny – 8,151,079,000 (8.151 billion) minted; 20 to 40+ cents
- 1984-D (Denver) penny – 5,569,238,906 (5.569 billion) minted; 20 to 40+ cents
- 1984-S (San Francisco) proof penny – 3,065,110 minted; $2+
- 1984 double die penny – mintage unknown; $170+
*Values are for problem-free coins (no cleanings, holes, porosity, etc.) in uncirculated condition or proof. Circulated 1984 pennies are generally worth face value.
The 1984 Doubled Die Penny
It’s estimated that several thousand 1984 doubled die pennies were made.
Relatively few people outside of the coin-collecting arena know about the 1984 doubled die penny — so there are still many floating around in circulation that can be found by astute hobbyists who check their pocket change.
How do you find a 1984 doubled die Lincoln cent?
Doubling will be found on the obverse, or “head’s” side of the penny.
Specifically, you’ll need to look on Lincoln’s bust for the most prominent signs of the doubling. You should see doubling in the following areas on the 1984 doubled die penny:
- Lincoln’s ear
- The President’s bowtie
- His beard
The doubled areas will all appear just below each of those main features — or as some collectors might say, toward the “south.” For example, doubling on Lincoln’s ear, which is where doubling is the most prominent on the 1984 doubled die penny, will be seen just below (or south) of Lincoln’s “main” ear.
Now that you know what to look for on 1984 doubled die pennies, maybe you’ll be able to spot some in your spare change or coin jar!
What Else Happened When Your 1984 Penny Was Made?
1984 was a busy year in news and entertainment. Here are just a few of the things that were going on when 1984 pennies were struck:
- Incumbent President Ronald Reagan and Vice-President George H.W. Bush won re-election in a landslide victory against Democratic presidential contender Walter Mondale and his running mate, Geraldine Ferraro. (She became the first vice-presidential nominee of a major United States political party.)
- The 1984 Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles, the same city that hosted the Summer Games in 1932. The XXIII Olympics, which inspired the creation of several United States Olympic commemorative coins, created several new household names — including Mary Lou Retton, who won gold with perfect 10s, and Carl Lewis, who won 4 gold medals in various track-and-field events.
- The United States struck its first official gold coin with the production of the 1984 Olympic $10 gold eagle commemorative coins.
- Sony and Philips unveiled the first commercial compact disc (CD) players.
- NASA Space Shuttle Discovery flew on its maiden voyage into space.
- The United Kingdom removed 1£ notes from circulation following the release of the nation’s first 1£ coins in 1983.
- Radio chart toppers in 1984 included “What’s Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner, “Caribbean Queen” by Billy Ocean, “When Doves Cry” by Prince, “Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen, “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, and “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins.
- Night Court, The Cosby Show, Cheers, The A-Team, Family Ties, Kate & Allie, Dynasty, Magnum, P.I., and Murder, She Wrote were the top 1984 TV shows.
- Splash, Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Terminator, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Sixteen Candles were among the most popular movies of 1984.
- Computer company Apple released its first Macintosh personal computer.
More Info About 1984 Pennies
In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you learn more about your 1984 penny:
- A Brief History Of The Penny
- Which Old Pennies Are The Most Valuable?
- Old Copper Pennies: Which Ones To Save & What They’re Worth
- 5 Rare Coins You’ll Find In The Lincoln Memorial Cent Series
- A List Of 43 U.S. Pennies Worth Holding On To
My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I'm also the editor at CDN Publishing (a trusted source for the price of U.S. rare coins), editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I've contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I've also authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins — and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!