Why do you collect coins? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Sometimes, furthering your appreciation of the hobby you love means taking a step back and considering what drew you to it in the first place and what keeps you there today.
The U.S. Mint has produced a lot of different pennies, but the Lincoln cent is the most popular and longest-lasting one. The Lincoln penny debuted in 1909 with the Wheat penny design (1909-1958). Next came the Lincoln Memorial cent (1959-2008), followed by the 4 Lincoln Bicentennial penny designs (2009), and the Lincoln Shield cent (2010-present). See fun ways to collect Lincoln pennies, which ones are the rarest & most valuable, and what Lincoln pennies from each year are worth.
Why am I a penny collector? After more than 20 years collecting coins, I still love the penny because it’s a readily available denomination with many key and semi-key dates, varieties, and errors. It’s a challenge to complete a set of pennies, even for seasoned veterans. Here’s how I got my start collecting pennies.
If you want to know what a business strike coin is, the answer is as close as the change in your pocket. Coins intended for circulation are business strike coins, and they are the usual, run-of-the-mill coins you see on a day-to-day basis. Coins that were not intended for this most basic purpose are special issue coins. See more of the differences between business strike coins and special issue coins here.
Are you curious about the values of your Lincoln cents? When I first started collecting coins, I had no idea what a 1941 penny was worth, or what the rarest Lincoln cents were, let alone their values. Now a self-avowed Lincoln cent expert, I share with you in this article the value of Lincoln wheat cents. You may be surprised to learn just what some of your old pennies are worth.
Have a silver penny? You’re very lucky if it’s a 1943 steel penny! But if it’s not, here’s how to tell what kind of silver penny you have. See if it’s a rare silver penny, a silver penny error, or just an altered coin that has been plated.
Penny rolls… You can buy them for 50 cents each, which can lead to an array of exciting and even valuable finds. Some examples of valuable pennies I’ve found in penny rolls: wheat cents, error coins, misplaced dimes, and foreign coins.
You probably know about the rare 1943 steel cent. But, what about the rare 1944 steel cent? Or the rare 1943 copper penny? How much are these rare U.S. coins worth? A pretty penny indeed! Here’s everything you want to know about these rare coins…
Wondering about the value of wheat pennies? Find out what your wheaties are worth with this comprehensive Lincoln coin value guide from 1909 to 1958.
I’ve been collecting coins for years. See why I keep my coins in albums, and why coin albums are so popular for storing Lincoln cents & ALL types of coins!
Trying to complete a coin set but on a budget and can’t afford the expensive, rare key coins? Try building coin short sets! Here’s how…
There are dozens of Lincoln cents available for coin enthusiasts to collect. Here are just some of the Lincoln pennies worth collecting – and their values.
Three of the most popular coin sets for beginning coin collectors are: Lincoln Cents, Jefferson Nickels, and the 50 State Quarters. See why…
The real value of my coin collection isn’t just how much money I would get by selling it to a coin dealer. It’s also about how enriched my life has become by sharing my numismatic passion with others.
A comparison of old Lincoln Cent Values from 1965, 1985, and 2005.
Have old pennies and want to know how valuable they are? Check out values for some of the rarest pennies here.
The 1909-S VDB is perhaps the most popular rare penny, but it is, believe it or not, far from being the rarest one-cent coin! See which one cent coin is the rarest.
The 1955 poor man’s doubled die penny actually isn’t a doubled die penny at all – find out the story behind this popular coin and how to tell the difference between a poor man’s coin and the real thing.
Looking to lessen your coin collecting budget? Try your hand at completing these 7 coin sets for less than $10 each.
Here’s a list of 7 must-have coins your United States coin collection can’t go without.
Collecting old Lincoln cents from pocket change is still possible and a fun way to build a coin collection!
The advent of the penny board in the 1930s spurred the date-and-mintmark coin collecting craze of today.
The zinc penny has been made since 1982. Read on to find out all about these Lincoln cents, including what some of them are worth and how many billions exist.
Check out 5 Lincoln wheat penny error coins that are always popular among coin collectors.
Check out these 10 famous coins that aren’t too expensive for you to afford!
The small cent penny was first minted in 1856 and includes a number of designs and rare dates that’ll make any coin collector eager to collect this dynamic denomination. The first small cent US penny was the Flying Eagle cent (1856-1858), then came the Indian Head cent (1859-1909), and finally the Lincoln cent (1909-present). Yes, our current U.S. penny is a small cent coin. They’re called small cents because Large Cent pennies with a larger diameter came before them (1793-1857).