Without a doubt, time has been good from the investment standpoint of those who bought Lincoln cents years ago. Such has been the trend now for decades. See how Lincoln pennies have performed over 15 years.
Benjamin Franklin designed the first U.S. penny in 1787 (called a Fugio cent). The U.S. Mint started producing pennies in 1793 with Large cents (1793-1857), followed by Flying Eagle cents (1856-1858), Indian Head cents (1859-1909), and Lincoln cents (1909-present). One of the most popular pennies among collectors is a Lincoln cent design: the Lincoln Wheat penny (1909-1958). Here, experienced coin collectors are sharing fun ways to collect pennies, how to grade pennies to determine their condition & value, which pennies are the rarest & most valuable, and how much U.S. pennies are worth (by year).
Pennies dated before 1934 are generally worth more than those dated 1934 and after. Here’s why, and what to look for if you have an old penny.
There are 5 really rare Lincoln pennies. However, they are not the only Lincoln cents that prove scarce to collectors. There are many date-and-mintmark combinations which are very difficult to find, cost collectors a pretty penny to buy, and certainly are on the wish lists of many people. We discuss those Lincoln semi-key coins here.
Collecting coins can be fun — especially when all the coins you need for your collection can be found right in circulation. Let’s look at some of the exciting coins you can find right in your pocket, purse, or at your local bank.
As far as business-strike Lincoln Memorial pennies, the kind struck for circulation (and lacking errors), the short answer essentially is no — Lincoln Memorial pennies generally are not valuable. In fact, typical pieces are worth only face value if worn, and only a tiny premium if in average uncirculated condition, except for a few cases.
For Lincoln cents, 1982 was a landmark year. In 1982, the value of copper actually began to exceed the face value of the cent. Here’s a little about zinc vs copper Lincoln memorial cents, small date vs large date cents, and the 7 varieties of 1982 Lincoln memorial cents, including their value today.
What are 1943 steel pennies worth? What are 1943 copper pennies worth? Here are there values, including what to look for and how to spot a fake 1943 Lincoln copper cent.
In general, most wheat pennies are worth just a few cents (perhaps 10 cents). However, if worn and of a highly common date and mint mark combination, many wheat cents are quite valuable. In fact, some of the scarcest wheat cents are downright expensive — costing into the hundreds of dollars in the most worn condition. Here’s the scoop.
While it is theoretically possible to find any legal tender money in circulation, including old and even rare coins, the likelihood of finding such coins in circulation is small — but not impossible. Plus, you may find some error coins, as well. Here’s what to look for.
Here are the rarest wheat pennies, along with the prices and values for these rare Lincoln wheat pennies.
A twentieth century type coin set is a collection of coins which includes one of each design from each denomination the United States produced between 1900 and 1999. It’s a fun — and relatively simple — way to collect U.S. coins.
It’s surprising what ends up in your pocket as change received from a simple purchase. I’ve managed to complete a very informal coin collection strictly from pocket change. Every morning when I stop to pick up a newspaper, I check to see if the 2 quarters in change are the next coins for my collection. Other unique coins made their way from pocket change to my coin collection as well.
Some novelty coins were made to commemorate or celebrate something, however, they were not made by the U.S. mint — so they are not actually true commemorative coins. Two examples are the Lincoln-JFK penny and the Liberty Bell penny. Here’s more info about each, including what they’re worth.
Looking for some unique pieces of coin jewelry? Here’s the scoop on coins used as jewelry pieces… what to look for and some idea of what they may be worth.
Have a coin set or completed coin folder and want to know how much it’s worth? Here’s how to tell the value of your completed coin sets and coin folders…
Coin holders are one of the best ways to keep your coins safe. And they’re inexpensive too! Here’s everything you need to know about coin holders for storing the coins in your collection.
You’ve probably seen Whitman coin folders and wondered if that’s something you need to protect your coins or not. You know, those blue folders with the picture of the coin on the front and cardboard with lots of little round holes inside.
Check out these one-of-a-kind coin-related items would make great Christmas and Birthday gifts for friends or relatives who are coin collectors — even beginners or those who just found coins and they’re now a little interested in coin collecting.
Did you know that the U.S. had a 2-cent coin? Yes, from 1864 to 1873 the United States had a coin with a denomination of two cents. There was a 3-cent coin, too — with a denomination of three cents from 1851 to 1889. Interestingly, some 3-cent pieces are silver, while others are made of a nickel composition (those are sometimes called 3-cent nickels). Here are little-known facts about 2-cent and 3-cent coins… and how much they’re worth today.
The one cent penny is not the lowest denomination of coins in the United States. It’s actually the half cent or half penny. Here’s the scoop… and what they’re worth.
What’s the best way to store coins and keep them safe? Should you use coin holders?… Mylar protectors?… Coin albums?… Coin tubes?… Coin binders?… Air-tight holders?… Coin slabs?… or even Zip-type baggies? Here are some tips for storing the coins in your collection…
Interested in finding the grade of your penny? Here’s how you can determine the exact grades for your circulated small cents — pennies.
Most coin collectors want to be able to look at their coins in order to determine at least an approximate grade — which will then yield important information about the coin’s worth.
I might as well tell you now that you’re not going to be able to do this if you’re just beginning to collect coins. Being able to grade a coin accurately comes from a lot of experience.
Here’s an overview of how coins are graded…
If you’re interested in getting your children started early in coin collecting I have a few tips and pointers for you. Some ideas as far as which coins might be the best for kids to collect…
What are mint marks? Mintmarks are small letters stamped on U.S. coins that designate where the coin was made. In a lot of cases, where the coin was minted makes the difference between a coin being worth a few dollars and being worth a few hundred dollars!