Rare Lincoln-Kennedy Penny: Are Commemorative Coins Like This Valuable?

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The Lincoln-Kennedy penny affixed to a card listing similarities between the two presidents.Rosie wrote us and said she found a penny that has an imprint of President Kennedy facing President Lincoln on it — and she wanted to know how much it’s worth.

Generally speaking, the penny itself is worth little to nothing in a coin collector’s eyes.

However, if the coin is still attached to the card AND the card itself is in extremely good condition, then it’s worth $3 to $10 for its historic value alone.

The Kennedy Lincoln Penny is an example of a counterstamped coin.

In order for it to have some real value, you would need to find the “right person” who saves historical collector’s items like these.

How Common Are Lincoln-Kennedy Pennies?

There are no official mintage numbers for this coin — because they were not made by the U.S. Mint. Instead, they were made by individuals and businesses and handed out to large groups of people.

I got mine from my mom, who was working at a bank at the time.

She brought home a few of these commemorative Lincoln-Kennedy Pennies that were affixed to cards.

The cards list some “astonishing coincidences” between the lives (and deaths) of President Abraham Lincoln and President John F. Kennedy.

Pictured here is the one I’ve managed to save for the past 20+ years.

Similarities & Coincidences Between Kennedy And Lincoln:

Commemorative Lincoln-Kennedy penny that I've saved through the years. CLICK to view the list of 'Astonishing Coincidences'.

However, to some, all of these “supposed” similarities simply have gone too far…

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73 thoughts on “Rare Lincoln-Kennedy Penny: Are Commemorative Coins Like This Valuable?”

  1. lol at the bottom of my commerative coin it sais “western Security Bank” 🙂
    p.s. if this coin never went into circulation then how is it not valuable?!?!?!

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  2. I came across a 1960 penny and the zero is slashed less then a 1/4 on the right side makeing the zero almost looking like a lower case a.have you herd of this and if yes what could its value be? Thank you

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  3. i have a the brothers kennedy coin token . the front has john and robert 1917 1963 1925 1968, the back says THEY GAVE OF THEIR EASE, THEIR WEALTH, THEIR BLOOD, FOR OTHERS GOOD. any info please

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  4. I have a 1977 Lincoln penny that have two face the other face I think is Robert kennedy and he is smileing .what is it worth and is there any other like it?

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  5. I have a 1978silver penny not sure if its that or zinc.But it has no mint on it at all just wondering about it? Thank you for your timed 

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    • Sweetpea,

      If your penny weighs at least 3 grams, then it’s really just a regular copper penny that somebody coated in zinc, pewter, or another metal of similar color. Zinc pennies weigh closer to 2.5 grams.

      A penny without a mintmark was most likely minted in Philadelphia, though the San Francisco and West Point mints did strike some pennies during that era (late 70s to early 80s) that don’t have mintmarks. Here some more info on mintmarks if you’re interested: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/mint_marks_letters_on_coins/

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  6. i have a 1974 lincoln kennedy penny but the head is printed over the date has any one seen this before and is it worth anything

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    • Hi, Matt –

      Lincoln-Kennedy novelty cents (real Lincoln cents that were counterstamped with the Kennedy bust by an individual) are worth around $2 each.

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  7. I have a jfk commemorative coin which seems to be copper and is twice as thick as a penny. On the front is a bust of jfk with 1917 on the left and 1963 on the right with his name across the bottom. On the back is an eagle and underneath the eagle it says peace and freedom does not come cheap. Also underneath this in very fine lettering it appears to say canary dies. We have had this coin for over 20 yrs and always wondered about it. Could please let me know about it.

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  8. Ive found a 1951 S penny thats missing the back of abe’s hair from the bottom back part of his hair. My coin looks like a very younger version of abraham lincoln, like hes gotten a very fine haircut. Can somebody tell me if i have a rare coin or not?? Or what this coin is even worth?

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    • Hello, Morena —

      I’m trying to take a close look at your coin but it seems like it may be just a bit too small for me tell. Would you mind uploading a larger photo of your 1951-S Lincoln cent, please?

      Thank you!
      Josh

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  9. Can somebody tell me if this 1951 s penny is worth anything?? Ive been told that i need to get it appraised because its 1 of a kind, and i havent found any other coin like it. Please help, i have absolutely no idea… Thank you!!!

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  10. Hi,
    When I was about twelve years old, I saw a penny with two Lincoln heads on it. One regular size and one very small. Was this a rare sighting?

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    • Hi, Rosheena —

      It sounds like you may have a novelty piece much like the Lincoln-Kennedy coin mentioned above in this article. Such pieces are relatively common and are worth between 50 cents a $1 in the aftermarket.

      Thanks for your question,
      Josh

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    • Hi, Chica —

      From the best that I can tell, it looks like this may be strike doubling, which would be a defect during the striking process. Such pieces are normally worth at most a very nominal value to those who collect such pieces.

      I hope this helps!
      Josh

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    • Hi, Chica —

      Is the third coin in this photo series the obverse of the 1966 Canadian penny above? Canadian cents are generally worth 2 to 5 cents as a foreign collectible coin here in the states. The 1983 Lincoln cent, from this image, does not appear to have any striking anomalies and is worth face value.

      Best,
      Josh

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    • Hi, Chica —

      I took a really good look at the photos and from what I can tell by looking at the dates alone, I don’t see any 1970-S small date cents, which are valuable. All told, I’d keep all the pre-1983 cents you listed, as they are worth more than face value for their copper content (2 cents). The 1989 cent is damaged, which is why part of the coin is missing.

      Thanks for sending these photos along!
      Josh

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  11. I have 2 1944 wheat pennies, a 1957 D wheat penny and a 1948 S wheat penny ,a 1905 nickel does anyone know the value

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    • Hi, Damon —

      Yes, the values of your coins are as follows (assuming average wear):

      1944 Lincoln cents — 3 to 5 cents each
      1948-S Lincoln cent — 5 to 10 cents
      1957-D Lincoln cent — 3 to 5 cents
      1905 Liberty Head nickel — $1 to $3.

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    • Hi, Alesia —

      It’s possible this may be machine doubling, which is not worth anything extra. I would not be able to tell for certain without a detailed photo of the coin, if that is something you might be able to kindly provide.

      Thank you!
      Josh

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    • Hello, Alket —

      Nice find! A 1972 doubled die Lincoln cent is worth about $200 and up in grades of About Uncirculated and better.

      Best,
      Josh

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  12. I have this penny I found, and I know its not worth anything. But I think it’s pretty cool and just wanted to share it. Looks like a star in between “God” and “Trust.” Also, along the edges, it has the imprint of some letters I can’t make out, and a couple leaves from the back of a dime. 🙂

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    • I see the raised anomaly, Cameo! It looks like this coin took a bath in some acid, and while the numismatist in me cringes at this, I can see how some would enjoy the “artistic” effect, too.

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  13. hello i have a few coins i have collected over the years could you tell me if any are worth anything the wheat pennys range from 1920 to 50s thank you

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    • Hi, Austin —

      Nice collection! The wheat cents appear to be worth 5 to 10 cents each. The 1937 British penny has a value of about 20 cents. The 1979 Kennedy half dollar is worth face value. The most valuable coin I can find here is the 1943 Washington quarter, which is worth $3 to $4 given current silver values.

      Best,
      Josh

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  14. Hello i have a penny and in the “United States oF America” the F in of is lower case i have never seen the before is it worth anything?

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    • Hi, Samantha —

      May I see a photo of this? It might be some other type of error obscuring the “F” in some form or fashion.

      Thank you,
      Josh

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    • Hi, Lucas —

      It depends on what currency you’re asking about. Would you please post a photo of it so I can tell you more about its value?

      Thank you!
      Josh

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