Non-Commemorative Commemorative Coins Like The Lincoln-JFK Penny And The Liberty Bell Penny Explained

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What the heck is a non-commemmorative commemorative coin?

Well, there are 2 in particular that several people have come here trying to find information about.

I call them non-commemorative commemoratives because they were made to commemorate or celebrate something, however they were not made by the U.S. Mint — so they cannot actually be true commemorative coins.

The 2 most common ones that we see on this site are:


JFK Lincoln Penny


The Lincoln Kennedy penny is a coin depicting John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln together originally came with a card attached.

The word “commemorative” is even on the card, but in fact it is a novelty coin that was made by a 3rd party after leaving the Mint.

The Lincoln-Kennedy cent is a little more interesting than other commemoratives due to the “coincidence card” that the coin comes attached to. On the card is a list of unusual coincidences between the Lincoln assassination and the Kennedy assassination. Things such as… the first name of Lincoln’s private secretary was John and the last name of Kennedy’s private secretary was Lincoln, both presidents were succeeded by vice-presidents named Johnson, and several other interesting coincidences.

Here are more details about the coincidences and other fun facts about the JFK-Lincoln penny.

Liberty Bell Penny


The Liberty Bell penny doesn’t have all of that interesting information behind it, but still shows up pretty often.

It too is just a novelty coin that was stamped by a 3rd party after it left the Mint.

This coin is stamped with a picture of the Liberty Bell to the left of Lincoln’s head and a map to the right.

I’ve seen a few variations of these and suspect there are many more. Some have a map that looks like Arizona and some have a map of the U.S.


What Are They Worth?

These are just the 2 most common non-commemorative commemoratives that I’ve mentioned here. There are actually several altered coins such as these. Some have been stamped with the Statue of Liberty, some with maps, some with animals.

All of these coins have one thing in common. They are all indeed worth something… one cent! That is what they’re actually worth, however some people sell these types of coins for $1- $2 apiece to people who will pay it just because they like it.

So if you find a Lincoln cent such as one of these floating around in circulation, chances are it’s just a novelty.

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10 thoughts on “Non-Commemorative Commemorative Coins Like The Lincoln-JFK Penny And The Liberty Bell Penny Explained”

  1. i just found a 1975 penny with the state texas stamped infront of lincolns face. Do you think this could be a NCC (non commemorative commemorative)?


    • Hi Zak,

      Yes, what you have is a real Lincoln cent that has the image of Texas counterstamped by some private company. The non-commemorative-commemorative coins Jay refers to in this article are simply coins that have been altered by some private company (or person) in such a way that they honor some person, place, or thing.

      The type of penny you have is actually one of the more common such coins in existence.

      Overall, these types of coins are most commonly referred to as novelty coins.

        • Exactly, Sean. The Lincoln-Kennedy piece is a collector’s item. While it wasn’t struck at the U.S. Mint with the Kennedy head, so many of these pieces have been made (and Lincoln and Kennedy were two widely popular presidents with some coincidental similarities), that this coin has quickly become a well-liked, if inexpensive, collectible.

    • Hi Sean,

      Yes, those Lincoln-Kennedy coins are popular novelty items that are generally worth around $1 to $2. I think, given its value, I’d hang onto it for now and enjoy it as a collector’s piece.


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