2009 Penny Values: Facts About 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Pennies (4 Designs), Little-Known Errors, And How Much 2009 Pennies Are Worth



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Do you have a 2009 penny? Are you looking for examples of all 4 of the different Lincoln designs seen on the reverse (tails) side of the 2009 pennies?

2009 lincoln cent - 2009 penny value

A lot of people ask me if these special 2009 pennies are worth anything more than face value — due to their unique commemorative designs.

The answer? It depends.

I’ll tell you a lot more about these 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial cents and what your 2009 pennies are worth…

 

2009 Penny Facts

2009 marks the first year since 1958 that the one-cent coin did not have a design of the Lincoln Memorial — which replaced the wheat ears design on the reverse (tails side) of the coin in 1959 and remained there until 2008.

U.S. pennies made in 2009 honor the Bicentennial (200th anniversary) of Abraham Lincoln’s birth on February 12, 1809.

The Lincoln Bicentennial pennies have 4 different reverse designs that show scenes of Abraham Lincoln throughout his colorful personal and professional life.

These 4 commemorative coins, which were released one at a time throughout the course of 2009, were first introduced to the public on Lincoln’s 200th birthday — February 12, 2009.

2009 penny designs on the 2009 lincoln cent

The 2009 Lincoln pennies depict the following:

Lincoln-Penny-Birth-Early-Childhood-in-Kentucky-Reverse.jpg  2009-Lincoln_Penny-Formative-Years-in-Indiana-Reverse.jpg  Redesigned-Lincoln-Penny-Professional-Life-in-Illinois-Reverse.jpg  Redesigned-Lincoln-Cent-Presidency-in-DC-Reverse.jpg

You can view the other proposed designs.

The 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial cents were released into circulation, meaning they could be obtained for face value — plucked right from pocket change for merely 1 cent each.

While there were hundreds of millions of 2009 pennies to go around, the United States Mint also issued special collectors’ editions of the 2009 Lincoln cents. These coins were widely available to collectors through mail order, phone orders, and online. Like the circulation-issued 2009 Lincoln pennies, these special edition coins aren’t rare.

Among these collectibles are San Francisco S-mint proofs and satin-finish collector Lincoln cents that were made with 95% copper, 5% tin and zinc — which was the same composition as the first Lincoln pennies in 1909. These became the first copper one-cent coins the United States had made since 1982.

While the 95% copper satin-finish 2009 Lincoln cents have much lower mintages than their zinc-based business-strike counterparts, they are not considered rare coins. They are, however, highly desirable and are avidly collected.

The Bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth inspired many odes to the 16th president:

 

How Much Are 2009 Pennies Worth?

Wondering what your 2009 penny is worth today?

As you’ll see below, most 2009 Lincoln cents are worth face value if they’re worn — which would apply to just about any 2009 penny that you’ll find in your spare change.

Here’s a look at the mintages and values for each of the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial pennies:

  • 2009 Birth and Early Childhood (Log Cabin) Lincoln Penny, Zinc & Brilliant Uncirculated — 284,400,000 minted; 20+ cents
  • 2009 Birth and Early Childhood (Log Cabin) Lincoln Penny, Copper & Satin Finish — 784,614 minted; $8+
  • 2009-D Birth and Early Childhood (Log Cabin) Lincoln Penny, Zinc & Brilliant Uncirculated — 350,400,000 minted; 20+ cents
  • 2009 Birth and Early Childhood (Log Cabin) Lincoln Penny, Copper & Satin Finish — 784,614 minted; $8+
  • 2009-S Birth and Early Childhood (Log Cabin) Lincoln Penny, Copper & Proof — 2,995,615 minted; $3.50+
  • 2009 Formative Years Lincoln Penny, Zinc & Brilliant Uncirculated — 376,000,000 minted; 20+ cents
  • 2009 Formative Years Lincoln Penny, Copper & Satin Finish — 784,614 minted; $8+
  • 2009-D Formative Years Lincoln Penny, Zinc & Brilliant Uncirculated — 363,600,000 minted; 20+ cents
  • 2009-D Formative Years Lincoln Penny, Copper & Satin Finish — 784,614 minted; $8+
  • 2009-S Formative Years Lincoln Penny, Copper & Proof — 2,995,615 minted; $3.50
  • 2009 Professional Life Lincoln Penny, Zinc & Brilliant Uncirculated — 316,000,000 minted; 20+ cents
  • 2009 Professional Life Lincoln Penny, Copper & Satin Finish— 784,614 minted; $8+ cents
  • 2009-D Professional Life Lincoln Penny, Zinc & Brilliant Uncirculated — 336,000,000 minted; 20+ cents
  • 2009-D Professional Life Lincoln Penny, Copper & Satin Finish — 784,614 minted; $8+ cents
  • 2009-S Professional Life Lincoln Penny, Copper & Proof — 2,995,615 minted; $3.50+
  • 2009 Presidency Lincoln Penny, Zinc & Brilliant Uncirculated — 129,600,000 minted; 20+ cents
  • 2009 Presidency Lincoln Penny, Copper & Satin Finish — 784,614 minted; $8+
  • 2009-D Presidency Lincoln Penny, Zinc & Brilliant Uncirculated — 198,000,000 minted; 20+ cents
  • 2009-D Presidency Lincoln Penny, Copper & Satin Finish — 784,614 minted; $8+
  • 2009-S Presidency Lincoln Penny, Copper & Proof — 2,995,615 minted; $3.50+

 

2009 Lincoln Penny Errors

In addition to the regular-issue 2009 pennies listed above, there are also some 2009 Lincoln error pennies and unusual varieties that can be found.

This video describes some of the 2009 Lincoln penny errors and what to look for:

 

What Else Happened When Your 2009 Penny Was Made?

2009 was a busy year in the news. Check out all of the events that were happening when 2009 pennies were rolling off the presses:

  • Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III became a hero after being forced to land his US Airways plane in the Hudson River near New York City after the jet struck a flock of geese.
  • Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th United States president on January 20, with Joe Biden sworn in as vice president.
  • Effects of the Great Recession kicked into high gear, with unemployment rising to its highest levels since 1983.
  • Michael Jackson, long hailed as the King of Pop, died at the age of 50. His funeral was nationally telecast across multiple media networks.
  • President Obama signed a bill banning federal workers from texting while driving, making it one of the first such wide-sweeping bans on the dangerous practice.
  • Avatar and Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince lured droves of people to movie theaters.
  • Taylor Swift, who was notably interrupted on live TV by Kanye West during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, soared to new heights on the music charts.
  • 181 people were killed in the worst wildfires Australia had ever experienced.
  • Scientists unveiled 47-million-year-old fossilized remains of a being they linked as an early ancestor to humans.

More Info About 2009 Pennies

In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help learn more about your 2009 pennies:

Joshua

I'm the Coin Editor here at TheFunTimesGuide. 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 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 authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins (many of them with over 50K shares), and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!

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