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Ten Valuable Pennies Still in Circulation Today

Be sure to check your pockets! You might have a valuable penny in your possession. Find out which pennies you should look out for when counting your change.

Be sure to check your pockets! You might have a valuable penny in your possession. Find out which pennies you should look out for when counting your change.

When I began collecting coins, I was only interested in old ones because I thought they were the only ones that were valuable. Once I started researching coins, I discovered that many can still be found in circulation today are worth a lot of money. I was blown away by how much some of these coins are worth. It was unbelievable. Now that I've finished my research, I want to share my results with you. Here is a list of ten valuable pennies that might be in your pocket change right now.

Ten Valuable Pennies You Should Watch Out for Today

YearErrorValue (approx. and dependent upon coin's condition)


Copper (struck on wrong planchet)



Doubled Die



Doubled Die



Doubled Die



Doubled Ear



Close AM



Wide AM



Wide AM



Wide AM



Wide AM


What Are Double Die Coins?

Doubled die coins have an additional, noticeable, misaligned image on them due to an error during the die hubbing process.

The 1943 copper penny is very valuable. All coins in 1943 were made out of steel because of World War II. A few copper pennies were accidentally produced and a rare coin was born.

The 1943 copper penny is very valuable. All coins in 1943 were made out of steel because of World War II. A few copper pennies were accidentally produced and a rare coin was born.

1943 Copper Penny

In 1943, all copper pennies were made out of steel. The U.S. Mint decided to use steel instead of copper because they needed the copper for military equipment during World War 2. A few known copper coins escaped from the mint. There are only a few known to exist, but it is believed that there may be more out there. These coins can reach values of $10,000 or more!

This is a rare doubled die penny from 1955. You can clearly see the doubling in "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and the date.

This is a rare doubled die penny from 1955. You can clearly see the doubling in "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and the date.

1955 Doubled Die Penny

This penny has visible doubling on the front of the coin. You can easily see the doubling if you look at the top of it, above Lincoln's head, where it reads, "IN GOD WE TRUST." These pennies are scarce, but there are more out there somewhere. If you are lucky enough to find one, their value can range from $1,000 and up. I have seen them go for $4,000-$5,000.

The 1969-S penny is also a doubled die. You can clearly see it has been stamped twice.

The 1969-S penny is also a doubled die. You can clearly see it has been stamped twice.

1969-S Doubled Die Penny

This is another coin that has distinct doubling on the obverse (front) side of the coin. Once again, look for doubling at the top where "IN GOD WE TRUST" is printed. Even though this coin is very rare, it is still being found today. Its value can reach the thousands.

1983 Doubled Die Penny

The doubling on this penny is found on the reverse (back) side of the coin. If you look closely or compare it to another penny from the same year, you will easily notice this error. Although it is not as valuable as the other pennies above, it still can fetch a price of $250.

1984 Doubled Ear Penny

In 1984, a few pennies escaped the eye of the U.S. Mint with doubling seen on Lincoln's ear. Looking carefully, if you have the right coin, you will clearly see that the ear is doubled. As far as value goes, this penny is worth a few hundred dollars.

Note: A few pennies minted in 1997 also had the same error.

Close AM vs. Wide AM

In the close AM design, the letters "A" and "M" in "AMERICA" on the back of the penny touch, whereas in the wide AM design there is a gap between them.

This shows you the difference between a close AM penny and a wide AM. This is for pennies from the years 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, and the 2000. Beginning in 1993, all pennies changed from the wide AM design to the close AM design.

This shows you the difference between a close AM penny and a wide AM. This is for pennies from the years 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, and the 2000. Beginning in 1993, all pennies changed from the wide AM design to the close AM design.

1992 Close AM Penny

Find all of your pennies from 1992 and check their backsides. What you are looking for is the placement of the letters "A" and "M" in the word "AMERICA." In 1993, all pennies switched to the close AM design. Therefore, the pennies from 1992 should have a noticeable space between the "A" and the "M." So if there is no space between the "A" and "M "on the backside of yours, then you have a rare coin worth thousands depending on its condition (prices start near $1000).

1993 Wide AM Penny

In 1993, the penny switched to a close AM design—the two letters actually touch! A few of them managed to slip by with the old, wide AM design. If you can track down one of these rarities, it could be worth anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand depending on its condition.

1998, 1999, and 2000 Wide AM Penny

The '98, '99, and '00 penny should have a closed AM design. However, there are a few that have the wide design. These are the ones you want to find. Those minted in the year 2000 are the most common whereas the ones from 1999 are the rarest. Their values have decreased over time because more are being found, but they still offer good profits. You can get anywhere from $5 to $70 for the 1998 and 2000 pennies depending on their condition. Those from 1999 can reach a value near $100 or more.


Paul G Owens on August 11, 2020:

I would just like to say , that you fellows do a very excellent job !!!

Deborah Chard on August 02, 2020:

I was wondering if there are close \ wide AM on other denominatins besides just the penny? and value?

Jim A Schneider on July 22, 2020:

I have 3 or 4 1968 S pennies that are in very good shape and they all are ddo DDR pennies. Also I have 2 1969 S Pennies that are also ddo ddr and in great shape. How do I go about having them graded and putting them up for sale.

Sarah a Murray on June 21, 2020:

I have three 1983 double die penny

Daniel H Donovan on May 16, 2020:

Why do I have a 2017 Lincoln cent with a Philadelphia "P" mint markyet the years around it don't have it. I started my collection in 1955. You guess it, double die searching. Those were the days the tellers new nothing about coin collecting I could go in and ask for roll of coins take them home and always come up with a winner! I've been away from my coins for a long time due to illness but I'm back in!

eric on April 14, 2020:

i have a 1982 close am penni in good shape what do i do

Leon Sllis on March 13, 2020:

I have a penny that is stamped 3 times with the word trust, wrote upside down and backwards, on the wrong side of the penny. Do you know what this might be worth?

Mary Martin on March 08, 2020:

I have steel wheat pennies, 1945, 1945s & 1945D what is value. Good condition?

Martha Shadowen on March 01, 2020:

I have a 1955 D penny with the first letter of Liberty is in small case. (liberty). Any thoughts?

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on February 23, 2020:

Check the web, local supermarket, Amazon, and coin store for catalogs so R. R. Hale need not answer routine comments as to normal coin values. He might write more articles you will enjoy.

Lilbitch on February 23, 2020:

I have a 2007 penny the 7 in the year has a line going across the 7 & there's a V in the top of the head of the president the edges are misformed . Would that be a error?

jackson w on February 17, 2020:

I have a 1944 Lincoln cent with no mint mark, what's it worth?

MarkedMoneyTech from Granite City, Illinois on February 15, 2020:

Very Valuable Content! Thanks for sharing!

Heath L on February 13, 2020:

I found a 1969 floating roof penny was wonder the value or where could I get the best appraise for rare coins in the Memphis TN area

Chris Carver from Marysville, WA on February 01, 2020:

I found a 1976 penny no denomination that is the size of a dime but the edges are rounded and looks like a ring on its side and I can't seem to find any information about it online and when I took it into the shops near me the first was very rude and almost didn't even give me a chance to show my findings at Odyssey coin and collections in Washington, I don't recommend them to anyone with how I was treated either. But I'll post my profile picture of the penny if anyone can help me.

Jim on January 31, 2020:

Omg Duh, took the words right outta my mouth.

Spelling and grammar are horrible in so many public posts. So sad.

Paul barnes on January 20, 2020:

I have several pennies with the A and M touching when viewing them through a magnifying glass. but would need microscope to see if there is a space between the two.

I also have several pennies from 1978 to 2018 with no mint marks.

Are these rare or not?

Cynthia on January 10, 2020:

I have a 1963 d prnny that has Liberty error

Cheri on December 30, 2019:

Double dies are not stamped twice.

Ron Mock on December 04, 2019:

I found a 98 close am .Circulated Hmy Happy Hunting

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on November 18, 2019:

If readers are serious about having fun searching for valuable pennies and other coins, get a list showing values for them at any coin store, and enjoy the hunting.

Preston on November 17, 2019:

How much does a 1999 close Am penny cost

Annaliza Morelles on November 03, 2019:

I found one cent of penny for1976 without mint mark and i on check the weight is really same.

Sherry D HAROLD on November 02, 2019:

I have a penny thats been through circulation so much that its almost completely smooth. And you definitely cant see a date. How do you find out what its worth?

mikeyy32569@gmail.com on October 30, 2019:

Did you see that I have maybe 30 of them there/d r ur welcome to the club and the other one else can have it for value of 2

TrishaLynn Cing on October 24, 2019:

Also I was wondering why the 2009 pennies have 4 different reverse (tails side) does anyone know?

TrishaLynn Cing on October 24, 2019:

I have a wheat penny that I can't make out the year because it looks like it has a lot of mileage on it. What do I do with it now?

GEORGE on October 23, 2019:

My dogs breath smells like dog food!

Ronald Gordon on October 20, 2019:

I'm new to this . I do have a few things to share. I need help I'm a

disable V N VETRAN I have a time trying to post a picture of my coin.

Billy on October 02, 2019:

My dad collected pennies with us as kids, we have older and newer pennies. I found 1911 penny, trying to see the value. Not for personal gain looking to pass the collection down to kids and grandkids. Anyone Know the value?

Morris Rhoades on September 24, 2019:

Crystal & Jake ..Crystal first, it would help to know what you have exactly to be able to even come close to a real (if any) value..Jake ..A 1997 Penny with and 'O' above the date is probably a bad carbon spot,newer Zinc pennies are know for spotting.

Crystal on September 17, 2019:

I’m new to this but I definitely have few old coins just trying to see if I got any of the value ones

Jake on September 15, 2019:

Anybody ever heard of a 1997 Penney with a o above the date

Morris Rhoades on September 12, 2019:

There are plenty of coin books out there along with YouTube videos and websites like CopperCoins, CoinHelpyou, PCGS and many more that will tell you about which Lincoln cents are rare and why. I'd like to answer some of your questions although most of you probably won't like my answers, -Jesus Alvidrez , The only way to tell is weigh it, if if weighs 2.5 grams, it's a penny, if it weighs 3.11 grams it's a money coin.- Kimbrella Jude, a 1994 no mint mark penny is simply from the Philadelphia mint, they only printed the P on the 2017 to celebrate the Anniversary of the mint. -greg.bayes if you have a 1995 ddo in MS 63 it's worth $65.00 -Ahnya Neeze Mmm pancakes- Changedmydime, 1982 small date, it's got to have the D mint Mark, and weigh 3.11 grams to be worth money.-Misty Mathew- sounds like post mint damage. -N jacob , yes you can sell your 1944 D penny, for 1 cent. -Duh ,Duh -nuff said. -Tim Fox you have 3 worn coins. -forrest ferguson- get a copy of the Cherry Pickers guide, look it up, if it's not there it's not worth much. -Beverly Enriquez - Sent your 93 wide AM to PCGS or NGC and have it graded, then sell it.- Noel Ricafrente- They're both worth a penny. -Chris couch- a 1971 steel rim penny is a fake coin.-Lily- Robert- Jerry need Value estimate -Have them graded, - Savannahmiller- it's considered worn down and worth a penny.-Valentine -Sounds gross selling Panties?- Millie Ann Cummings- those aren't rare, very common pennies- and finally - Patricia- I'll buy it for 10 bucks. ..you're all welcome.

Jesus Alvidrez on September 08, 2019:

I have a penny from 1982 D small date made out of copper is it worth anything

Kimbrella Jude on September 07, 2019:

I have a penny 1994 no mint mark could someone tell me is this done by a person or is it a error coin because it is really beat up but how do I add the picture lol

greg.bayes@gmail.com on September 04, 2019:

1995 double die penny


Ahnya Neeze on September 02, 2019:

I ate pancakes for breakfast two weeks ago. :D

Changedmydime on August 31, 2019:

I believe I might have a 1982 small date copper cent.is there any wa y I can send you pictures of it?

Misty Mathew on August 29, 2019:

I have a wheat penny that only has half of the date on it. It only has a 19 printed for the date

N jacob on August 17, 2019:

Can i sell my 1944 d wheat penny

Duh on August 09, 2019:

Seriously people learn to spell and write what your explaining in detail. You all seem like a bunch of 3rd graders.

Tim Fox on August 08, 2019:

i have three coins one is with the liberty and liberty look jumbled up hardly looks like it and i have another one that has the date where it trails down from the D . the third one is a coin with a retangular block below lincolns chest. are these error coins?

forrest ferguson on August 07, 2019:

I found a 1986 penny in extra fine condition with no (in) in the in god we trust I have not found any others on the internet any idea of the value? tks

forrest ferguson on August 07, 2019:

I found a 1986 penny in x-fine condition no in ( in god we trust) t any idea the value i have not found any on the internet tks

Beverly Enriquez on August 03, 2019:

I have 1993 wide AM

Noel Ricafrente on August 02, 2019:

I have 1963 pennies which one is valuable the 1963 S or 1963 D ?

Chris couch on August 01, 2019:

I have a 1971 steel rim penny anyone know about it?

I have a on August 01, 2019:

1971 steel rim penny lots of errors can’t find information on it

Lily on July 25, 2019:

I have a double die penny

Robert on July 20, 2019:

I have a dime that was struck hard that you can see Roosevelt on other side 1984 p

Jerry need Value estimate on July 19, 2019:

1972 penny Cose Am No Fg

Savannahmiller on July 18, 2019:

I found a 1969 D penny almost completly. Missing the In God We Trust . It can barelybarely be made out. What is that considered and is it worth anything?

Valentine on July 10, 2019:

how do you go by selling your panties I got a 1969 and a 1982

Millie Ann Cummings on July 07, 2019:

I have a 1943 steel penny make in world war 2 only made one year trying to found the right buyer also have 1950 1955 all wheat

Patricia on July 06, 2019:

I have a 2000 D penny that appears to be stuck 3 times. Both side are backsides. Looking for how much it could possibly be worth..

Just add comment on here ill look for it

geraldine mckinney on June 29, 2019:

i have a 1886 indian head penny is it worth anything

Clara on June 21, 2019:

Have a 2001 penny and the person on it is not Lincoln it a us penny

Error maybe

Gavin on June 18, 2019:

i have a 1985 Lincolon penny with no L in liberty. what is it worth?

Annie Hang on June 12, 2019:

I have couple older penny

1911, 1917 , 1919 ,1920 , 1934, 1935 ,1936 1937 ,1938, 1939,1940, 1941 ,1942 l want to sales

Tiffany on June 12, 2019:

I have a 1993 d penny with the Am connecting and it's double die

tricia on June 06, 2019:

thank you for sharing your knowledge. i would like to ask you a question, please?

what pennies have the initials "VDB" on it? I have a 1998 D with those initials and it seems to have been stamped over another coin. i thought only 1909 had the "VDB" initials. However, i could be wrong !! thank you

Jonny on May 31, 2019:

I have a 1 cent from 1984 where the writing "one cent" is the opposite way. Does it have any value?

Coin on May 20, 2019:

I found a 1920 penny while coin roll hunting a couple months back and can’t tell if it has a mint mark because the 2 and the 0 are both worn down, 0 almost not visible at all. In the same box, I found a 1947 King George VI Canadian penny. I encourage all coin collectors to do the same. Happy hunting! Good luck!

aj on May 04, 2019:

i have a 1943 copper penny it looks great

Jiggirl on May 01, 2019:

I have a 1997 lincoln pennie red with a close am in circulation grade very fine. Would it be possible to get a general estimation of approximately what it could go for in auction at this time. I do have pictures I look forward to your email thank you for your time

Rio sarmiento on April 29, 2019:

I have a 1970s but im not xure if its a large date or a small date

Penny colecter on April 28, 2019:

I smell penies

Jovonjacobsbrown@gmail.com on April 27, 2019:

I have a 1960 D and 1968 D pennie is it worth anything

Manuel on April 19, 2019:

I have a 1975 roosevelt dime that i am thinking of selling. I also have a 1909 roosevelt penny with VDV at the back. I also have a 1922 penny no mint mark.

Quinton on April 16, 2019:

I have a 1992 close AM coin where can I sell it

Paul melnick on April 12, 2019:

I have a 1969 s penny that looks like it's double died is it worth anything and how much

Tony Morgan on April 05, 2019:

I have a penny that has a missing 3rd number,19 6 and also missing B in LIBERTY, OTHERWISE IN REALLY GREAT SHAPE, besides what looks like a "powder burn if you will" that you can about make out what it should have been. Like to sell or know more about it.

Roni Mulkey from Marysville California on March 31, 2019:

I have came across a 2004 close am penny I want to sell it

Vincent on March 31, 2019:

I have a 1972 close AM no mint mark penny.

Im i rich?

Michelle mclaughlin on March 27, 2019:

I have a 1980 horseshoe and sham rock pennie. Is it worth keeping

Perspycacious on March 24, 2019:

To Jerry's March 14 Writer: The description of the penny makes it a very, very unusual error. Put it in your safe deposit box after you take some clear photos of both sides. Then contact Antique Roadshow for a link to professional coin appraisers, and get in touch with one or more of them for their appraisals and advice.

Jeremiah martinez on March 23, 2019:

I have a 1969 s dd penny id like to sell

David lowe on March 21, 2019:

I have a 1943 and 1944 steel pennies or can I sell them I have a bunch of wheat pennies

Jerry on March 13, 2019:

I have a 1959 Lincoln memorial penny. Lincoln's head is partially filled. The entire reverse is missing .. only a shadow of the memorial with a series of numbers clearly printed all over the back side. Any answers as to what I may have as in type of error and value


Lorenzo Funches jr on March 13, 2019:

I got a 1958 wheat penny ddo no

mint mark

Joseph on March 06, 2019:

I have a 1927 wheat penny is worth anything no mint mark with no steel. Pure copper.

Tracey on March 01, 2019:

I have a pink penny 2017 d is itworth anything doesnt feel like a regular penny

Brian on February 18, 2019:

Fred iy sounds like you have a grease filled die strike. This happens when the die containing the letter,number,etc. Is accidentally filled with grease not allowing the planchet to be pressed properly into its intended die leaving it smooth or partial missing etc. Grease from maintenance,is used to lubricate the die pins or falling feom other greased mechanics causing the error. Dwpending on how many are struck with errrors and how many are put in circulation or how it looks or its location are some things that can deteemine its value .Hopes this helps to understanding it better.

Paul on February 16, 2019:

I have 1993 penny with close AM, and FG is Close, how much its worth today?

Trav brown on February 13, 2019:

I found a 1978 penny with some sort of clad error, is that common ?

Usakindatheart on February 11, 2019:

I have a question the edge of a penny, some edges are wider and other side is real thin. I dont see damage. 1995 d

Chris on February 06, 2019:

I have a idaho quater that weight 4.7 gram and it oval shape what that mean. Reeves2522@

rich on February 06, 2019:

I have a penny that is missing the "I" the "N" the "U" The "T" in the "IN GOD WE TRUST", and in the 1963 part it's missing the "3"

Linda on February 02, 2019:

I have a penny that has two letter and it press in the penny and the back of the penny not right about it how do I just get some one to just look and see what they think

b warren on January 12, 2019:

i have a rosevelt dime with a bar thru roosevelts head, it even moved the G in GOD to the left. neat, what can you tell me about it. TY

lanskielans on January 11, 2019:

I have a 1992 D bronze wide AM Lincoln penny with double die, is it worth anything?

MARIBEL P on January 10, 2019:

I have aluminun lincon penny 2001

I dont know if this worth more tban a penny

Kris on December 25, 2018:

I have one can anybody tell me about it

Casey on December 09, 2018:

So what if a 2012 penny has a wide am?

Juan V hernandez on November 24, 2018:

I have a 1969 penny couple of errors the r and t are slashed it shows 1269 instead little beat up tho,someone told it's very common is it really,the person that told me got upset cuse I didn't sold it to him,he offered 5 dollars

Marites on November 18, 2018:

Hi my 1969 has close AM but I thought 1955 to 1992 had wide am

Angela on November 04, 2018:

I am reading some of these comments SMDH...lol. The “man sitting on the log” is Abraham Lincoln! It’s part of a series of reverses from 2009. The letters under the dates are mint marks...some are nicer than others being that older ones were hand punched while newer are stamped with the die. If you are curious about value you can check eBay and look thru their “sold” coins or subscribe to Coin Opp and Couch Collectibles on YouTube. Hope this helps! Happy hunting all!

martin on October 30, 2018:

i found a coin and brought it home and looked at it. at first, i thought it was just a penny but i came here and saw the pennies, and frozed.

Chris on October 26, 2018:

I have a 1975 D Lincoln cent wide a.m. ....is this worth anything