A 1999 Penny Worth $300? Yes! Ultimate Guide To 1999 Penny Values (Including The 1999 Penny Error/1999 Wide AM Penny)

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Did you know there’s a 1999 penny worth $300 or more?

Do you have a 1999-D Penny? Or possibly a 1999 penny error? See your 1999 penny value here.

It’s true. If you know which 1999 pennies to look for, you may find a 1999 penny error — with enough searching (and a little luck).

Read on to see what makes some 1999 pennies so valuable and how to find the rare 1999 penny in your pocket change.

How To Tell If You Have A 1999 Penny Error

The rare penny I’m talking about is the 1999 Wide AM penny.

1999 Wide AM pennies were accidentally made when reverse proof coin dies — which were designed to strike the “tail’s side” (reverse) of special collector Lincoln pennies — were used to strike 1999 Lincoln pennies intended for circulation.

You can tell a 1999 Wide AM penny from an ordinary 1999 penny by looking at the letters “A” and “M” in the word “AMERICA” on the reverse of the coin.

You’ll notice a significant gap between the bottoms of the “A” and “M” on the 1999 Wide AM penny. (On ordinary 1999 pennies, the bottom of the letters “A” and “M” appear to nearly touch one another.)

See precisely what a 1999 Wide AM penny looks like.

In fact, during that period, there were 3 different Lincoln cents made with a Wide AM reverse proof die:

  • 1999 Wide AM penny
  • 1998 Wide AM penny
  • 2000 Wide AM penny

Of these, the 1999 Wide AM penny is by far the scarcest.

Here’s how much a 1999 Wide AM penny is worth:

  • Even the most well-worn examples of the 1999 Wide AM penny are worth around $100.
  • Most 1999 Wide AM pennies have a value of $150 to $300.
  • The record auction price paid for a 1999 Wide AM penny is $2,300.

The Value Of Other 1999 Pennies

You may not have a 1999 Wide AM penny, but you’re probably still curious what your “regular” 1999 penny is worth.

The 1999 penny shows the Lincoln Memorial on its reverse, or tails side.

If your 1999 penny is worn, it’s worth face value — or 1 cent.

However, 1999 pennies that are uncirculated (or, as some might say, “mint condition” or “Mint State”) are worth more.

Here’s what uncirculated and proof 1999 pennies are worth:

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  • 1999 penny with no mintmark (Philadelphia): 5,237,600,000 minted — 10 to 25+ cents
  • 1999-D penny (Denver, “D” mintmark): 6,360,065,000 minted — 10 to 25+ cents
  • 1999-S penny  (San Francisco, “S” mintmark): 3,347,966 minted — $3+

*Values listed are for uncirculated and proof 1999 pennies. Worn specimens without errors or varieties are worth face value. 

What Else Happened When Your 1999 Penny Was Minted?

Y2K, the introduction of the euro in Europe, and the birth of SpongeBob SquarePants were just a few of the things that happened in 1999. Here are some other major events that happened when your 1999 penny rolled off the presses at the United States Mint:

  • In January, impeachment trials began for President Bill Clinton following a sex scandal involving 21-year-old intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton became the second United States president to be impeached.
  • The Columbine High School Massacre happened in Littleton, Colorado on April 20 — when 2 teens terrorized their school in a shooting spree, killing 13.
  • West Nile Virus appeared in the United States for the first time.
  • The “Melissa” email virus infiltrated more than 1 million computers around the world and caused $80 million in damages.
  • The world’s human population count surpassed 6 billion people.
  • Severe weather ripped through the United States — including an EF-5 tornado that ravaged Oklahoma City, while Category 4 Hurricane Floyd battered North Carolina.
  • The most popular TV shows in 1999 included “The Simpson,” “Frasier,” “Chicago Hope,” “ER,” “Friends,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Becker,” “Will & Grace,” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
  • Top movies in 1999 were Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, The Sixth Sense, The Matrix, The Mummy, Notting Hill, American Beauty, American Pie, and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
  • Chart-topping songs in 1999 were “Livin’ LaVida Loca” by Ricky Martin, “All Star” by Smash Mouth, “Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera, “I Want it That Way” by Backstreet Boys, “Amazed” by Lonestar, “Smooth” by Santana, and “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears.

More About The 1999 Penny Value & Other Rare Pennies

In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you find exactly how much your 1999 penny is worth:

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14 thoughts on “A 1999 Penny Worth $300? Yes! Ultimate Guide To 1999 Penny Values (Including The 1999 Penny Error/1999 Wide AM Penny)”

    • Hello,

      The 2000 an 2009 cents appear worn and are worth face value. It looks like you may also have a blank copper planchet, and such pieces are generally worth around $2 as error collectibles.

      Best wishes,

      • Tôi cũng có 2000_2009
        Tôi đã gửi cho anh khác AM tôi đã tìm thấy
        Và anh xem bốn bộ tôi gửi cho anh nếu được anh cho tôi địa chỉ của anh tôi gửi hàng sanh khiếm tra.
        Và tự quyết định thay tôi.. vì tôi có liên tín ở Anh chúc anh ngày mới an lạc hạnh phúc

    • Hi, Sess Pool —

      While the 1957, 2017-P, and 2017-D seem to exhibit common machine doubling, there MAY be a doubled die in the pic of the coin (2018 penny?) within “IN GOD WE TRUST.” You might want to send that photo to the variety experts at CONECA (varietyvista.com) for further thoughts…

      Good luck,

    • Hi, Amber —

      I am afraid I don’t see a photo with this post; would you please try uploading it again?


    • Good morning, Josh —

      It almost looks to me more like a die polishing mark — caused by overzealous cleaning of the die by a mint employee. You can see indications of similar marks on this coin elsewhere, too, including on Lincoln’s forehead and the right side of the field. These typically do not register any extra value but are nevertheless interesting novelties for some collectors.

      Thank you for reaching out!


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