6 Rare and Valuable Pennies Found in Circulation Today

Updated on May 27, 2017

Are you hoping to become the next millionaire from a penny plucked from pocket change? If so, good luck! It's not that I don't believe you can't find one, it's more or less just the fact that the odds aren't even remotely in your favor. However, with that said, there's still quite a few valuable pennies in circulation today. Sure, you won't strike it rich if you do find one, but with some reaching $500 in value, you'll be glad you took a minute to glance at your pocket change! There are billions of pennies currently in circulation, so there's always a chance that you could find something. This article will explore six of the most valuable.

The 1955 DDO wheat penny is a great example of what a double die error looks like.
The 1955 DDO wheat penny is a great example of what a double die error looks like. | Source

Six Valuable Lincoln Cents in Circulation Today:

Let's face it; some things are just too good to be true. When I read articles saying that there's a chance of finding 1955 doubled die and 1943 copper cents in circulation, I can't help but chuckle. Sure, there's not an overwhelming populous of coin collectors, but I can almost guarantee that they've removed virtually all these coins from circulation. Not to mention, there is only a handful of 1943 copper cents in existence! So, without taking a fantastical approach, I've focused on six modern mintage Lincoln cents that have a reasonable chance of being found today.

1. 1983 Doubled Die Reverse

Characteristics:

The term 'doubled die' refers to an error in the minting process in which a coin is struck twice. This causes the coin's design to overlap slightly. In the 1983 doubled die penny, the error is noticeable on its backside where the phrase 'ONE CENT' is printed. It may be difficult to spot with the naked eye, but upon placing the coin under 10x magnification, it should be clear that there are two layers of words.

Value:

Since this penny is most likely going to be the hardest of the six to find, it does pull in higher values. Coins in mint state condition are currently selling for $275.

1984 double ear Lincoln penny.
1984 double ear Lincoln penny. | Source

2. 1984 Double Ear

Characteristics:

The 1984 double ear penny is often also referred to as a doubled die obverse error. The error on this coin is a noticeable second earlobe below Lincoln's full ear. You won't need a magnifying glass; this one is easy to spot.

Value:

Recently I've noticed a slight increase in the price of this error penny. This could indicate that these are getting to be a little harder to find in circulation. Right now those in mint state condition are selling for around $230.

3. 1992-D Close AM

Characteristics:

Surprisingly, unlike the others, this coin isn't an error. It simply possesses a variation that is different from the standard penny of that year. You'll need to look at the reverse of the coin and closely scrutinize the "AM" in America. If the coin in question is the rare variety, the A and M will be so close to each other it will look as if they are touching. Regular minted coins from this year will have a noticeable gap between the two letters.

Value:

This rare penny is pulling in values of up to $500 in mint state condition, but with almost 4.5 billion pennies produced at the Denver Mint in 1992, there's a good chance that these are still in circulation.

Don't Let Bad Vision Deter You

It's fairly hard with the naked eye to distinguish between the close AM and wide AM designs. An inexpensive magnifying glass may be needed.

4. 1995 Doubled Die Obverse

Characteristics:

This is the latest Lincoln penny error that the U.S. Mint produced. Although there are varying degrees of doubling on it, the word "Liberty" is the strongest indication of this error. Though it might be hard to see with the naked eye, magnification should reveal the 'layered' lettering.

Value:

I hear stories of people finding these coins in rolls of common pennies. If you do happen to come across one, they are worth $50 in mint state condition.

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Shown above is a wide AM Variety. Some pennies from 1998, 1999, and 2000 exhibit this trait. It is normal for all coins minted before 1994. Shown above is the close AM variety. Few coins from 1992 exhibit this trait. It is normal for all pennies minted after 1993.
Shown above is a wide AM Variety. Some pennies from 1998, 1999, and 2000 exhibit this trait. It is normal for all coins minted before 1994.
Shown above is a wide AM Variety. Some pennies from 1998, 1999, and 2000 exhibit this trait. It is normal for all coins minted before 1994.
Shown above is the close AM variety. Few coins from 1992 exhibit this trait. It is normal for all pennies minted after 1993.
Shown above is the close AM variety. Few coins from 1992 exhibit this trait. It is normal for all pennies minted after 1993.

5. 1998 Wide AM

Characteristics:

All pennies minted for circulation after 1993 depicted the word "AMERICA" with the letters A and M nearly touching. Due to the use of a proof die on regular coins, the 1998 wide AM was born. If you have one of these coins, there should be a small space between the A and the M. If the two letters look like they are nearly touching, it's an ordinary penny.

Value:

This type of penny is worth about $15 in mint state condition. Even though its mintage is unknown, it's value tells me that they might be fairly common. They might just be one of the easier to find error coins out there. Keep your eyes peeled!

6. 1999 Wide AM

Characteristics:

This coin features the same proof die reverse as the 1998 wide AM coin. If you have the rare variety, it will have a small space between the letters A and M in "AMERICA."

Value:

This is definitely one of the most valuable pennies in circulation, fetching prices as high as $500 in mint state condition.

Good Luck Out There!

Now that you've read through this list, you'll hopefully be able to go out there and find a few valuable coins for yourself. I'm curious to hear about your discoveries, so please tell me what you found and how you went about finding it! As always, good luck!

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        Anthony Herndon 

        12 days ago

        I have a war penny

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        Pamela Robinson 

        13 days ago

        I have 1966 up to1999 1970 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1981 1980 1982 1983 1984 1986 1997 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 more then two each

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        Christophier 

        2 weeks ago

        I have a 1996 penny with the letter D, also a 2005 dime with the letter D and a gold James Madison dollar coin with the letter D What's there value.

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        Brad 

        2 weeks ago

        I've got a couple 1964 D pennies. How do I find out their value

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        Carol Coon 

        4 weeks ago

        We have a 1942 wheat penny

        Some that we've researched are priced in the thousands and others, only .35 and up. How can we find out what ours is worth?

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        magnetic Penny does anyone know the value of it 

        6 weeks ago

        I have a 1999 dis colored magnetic Penny does anyone know the value of it

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        Akugha Sumi 

        7 weeks ago

        I have a 1980 D coin, ( wrong print) what could be the value of the coin??

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        Danny 

        7 weeks ago

        I have a double mint mark penny on top of the date on the bottom and how much it is it worth

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        2 months ago

        Can u help

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        alex 

        2 months ago

        i have one 1982 america wide and 1999 not wide america

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        Vic 

        2 months ago

        I have 1999d lincoln memorial penny with the A & T of states touching

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        kaleb 

        2 months ago

        I have 3 wheat pennies and 3 Canadian pennies

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        Larry Baldwin 

        2 months ago

        I have a 1967 very distinctive double imaged penny. Who can i talk to. Find larry Baldwin on messenger. East peoria Illinois

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        LALIT KUMAR 

        2 months ago

        I HAVE ONE CENT OF LINCON 1982 WITH

        WRONG PRINT

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        Diana Armour 

        2 months ago

        I would like to no the coins that are not being circulated no more

        Then I would like to know where I can sell least the newer circulated

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        Joye 

        2 months ago

        I found two 1992 pennies that are the A and the M are almost touching.what do I do with them now

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        Amanda 

        2 months ago

        I have pennies dating from 1909 to 1960

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        Marwin Bradel 

        2 months ago

        I have one cent of 1988 D, and 2004 D. My question is what is the Meaning D on my coin?

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        Robert Anderson 

        2 months ago

        I have 45 pennys dates between 1946 and 1968 if interested

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        richard maurer 

        3 months ago

        i would like to find out about my 1985 d penny

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        Catfish 

        3 months ago

        I have a 1984 alumni steel penny

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        Liz 

        3 months ago

        Hi i have a coin 1977, 1986 and 1981..

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        Cata 

        3 months ago

        I have a quarter with no date. Year

        Can u tell me it's worth . It has the eagle on back

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        Nadia ulysse 

        3 months ago

        I have penny to sale i have 11940s 1971s i have a lot

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        Joe D McCoy 

        3 months ago

        Got a 1998

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        Chester 

        3 months ago

        I have a 1845 Lady Liberty Penny what is the value of it.

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        Micke Wells 

        3 months ago

        How much is a 1955 Lincoln penny with no stamp on back, worth?

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        jewelkhan 

        3 months ago

        I have sam coin one cent 1955 -1983-1969-1999-2000-2002

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        Chris 

        3 months ago

        I have pennies to sell

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        DUdley RHoades 

        3 months ago

        I have a 1999 Am wide memorial penny in extent shape.what is it worth?

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        EFRIN 

        3 months ago

        I HAVE PENNY 1970D

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        Paul tT 

        4 months ago

        i found a 1992 D with no trust on it has anyone heard of this error

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        Yumi 

        4 months ago

        Hello i have a coin but i dnt have a coin place to take it too was wondering if anyone can help me

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        Charika ervin 

        4 months ago

        I have a 2017 d penny that there is two (i) on in god we trust

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        Jose 

        4 months ago

        I have two 1999 D pennies close am how much are those worth

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        gh 

        4 months ago

        hi i like this artical

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        NAME 

        4 months ago

        I saw some where that the 1974 D penny was wearth alot. I found one so someone please tell me what is this penny worth.

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        Marvin Mejia 

        4 months ago

        Hello, I have an 1985

        One Cent I would like to know if anybody is interested

        Thank you.

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        Tony H. 

        4 months ago

        I am new to coin collecting, and have been buying 20 roles at a time. I recently found a 1969s DDO. I need to know what my next step would be in getting it up for sell.

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        guga 

        5 months ago

        1996 ?

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        Ashley 

        5 months ago

        so i was goin through some stuff and found a 1943 penny and it is in a clear case links to be in great shape but the thing is i know nothing about these penny s. Lol. Can someone please help me figure out if its worth anything. Thanks.

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        Sage 

        5 months ago

        I can’t believe the 1993 is only 1 dollar!

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        Steven 

        5 months ago

        I found a silver 1984 penny. Anything on that?

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        Blessed74 

        5 months ago

        Rarities surface all the time. Looking in change u found a close AM in the 2007 Lincoln penny, but it also has VDB on front an FG on reverse. Can anyone help me with this one

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        Joey G. 

        5 months ago

        I recently found a 1955 double dye, it’s in mint condition, where can I sell this coin , I just recently started collecting coins.according to what I see on line this coin is worth a lot of money, please help.

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        Kirk 

        5 months ago

        I have a 1999 lincoln penny that looks like it's silver underneath copper and has several errors on both sides the L in liberty is covered over there is an extra s in the word trust and it sort of bows in , in the middle and it has cracks around the edges I searched the net can't find anything about it

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        Loretta 

        5 months ago

        I have a 1983 penny.The number 8 is slightly higher than the rest, and tiny..You can barely tell its an 8.. I looked at a 1982, its nothing like it.. Is this common?

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        Linda 

        5 months ago

        Forgot to fill in name. I was wondering if a 1995 D silver colored coin, the size of a nickle, doesn't stick to magnet, is common, & could it be of any value? Have had it for years on my dresser. Thank You so much for your time.

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        k h gamini 

        5 months ago

        i have 1974 1984 1998 lincolin liberty coin wear to sell my coin

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        Darren 

        5 months ago

        i have a 1974 penny that is thicker then a nickle.

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        Anthony r jones 

        6 months ago

        I have a 1943 silver penny, is it worth anything?

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        Shelly Luna 

        6 months ago

        I have a 1955 penny with an obvious error I would like somebody to look at it see what it's worth

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        Jack Sowder 

        6 months ago

        I buy pennies.

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        Alayzha 

        6 months ago

        i found a 2007 2cent penny...

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        Mary 

        6 months ago

        I have a 1940 wheat copper one cent penny, I tried the magnet and it doesn't stick

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        Sophie Green 

        6 months ago

        I have a 2000 penny with no mint and the head appears different than any other penny I've had or seen , could someone tell me what they think

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        Beatrice 

        6 months ago

        I found a 1978 penny with a small man printed in front of the face of Lincoln have you ever seen that before?

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        Elbeide R Mendoza 

        6 months ago

        I found a 1994 Lincoln Penny with praying hands by his face...

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        Rey 

        6 months ago

        I have this 1984 penny with some errors in both sides.

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        sacred spencer 

        6 months ago

        What is a mint coin anyway?

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        Diana 

        6 months ago

        I find a penny that's half Cooper and half Silver

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        Brian.. 

        6 months ago

        I have one cent Lincoln 1984 double Ear,And also I have 1983 Doubled Die Reverse,please I want to sell them but I don't know Where to start,please if you can help me.. Thanks

        Your's Brian-from Tanzania.

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        Jose banuelos 

        6 months ago

        I have 1982 penny smoll D. Its weight is 2.5 grams

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        Shelia Woodberry 

        6 months ago

        How big is the space between the a and the m can you show a pic

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        Jose Marquez 

        6 months ago

        Hey I got 1987 penny on date the first 1 shows half and on liberty the E half and double line on forehead and hair

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        Pamela Good’ 

        6 months ago

        I have a 1986 Lincoln Penney with a D under the 86 and I was wonder if it had any value besides a Penney. I also have a Sir Winston Churchill 1965 and on the back it says without victory there is no survival, is that Penney worth anything,? thank you for any help,?my email, pam.nursegood@hotmail.com

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        Tina Edwards 

        7 months ago

        I came across this video asking if there is a known 1984 D small date penny struck on a copper/ bronze planchet...weighing 3.1 gmz? I have 1 & couldn't find any other info on one.....???? WOWWWWWW!!!! MIGHT I HAVE JUST SYRUCK GOLD!!??? IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME!!!! I PRAY O LORD!!!!!! OOOOOWEEEEE!!!! "ELIZABETH...IM COMIN 2 JOIN YA HONEY"!!!!!!

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        mark sadler 

        7 months ago

        i found a 1993 D penny with the A & M are touching. what do i have

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        Lunn Hernandez 

        7 months ago

        I have a odd looking penny a 1974 no mint mark has 2 ears a 4 on the bottom of his shirt and a shadow of a nother face

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        Todd seese 

        7 months ago

        I have some rare pennies and I just want to know what I should do with them I have like four of them one and one time when they got an extra number another one the liberty is wrong the dime 1968 to 8 is all messed up

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        Jeff 

        7 months ago

        I have a 1986 penny that has the back stamped on top of the front

        Is it collectible

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        Carl 

        7 months ago

        I got a 2000 penny with Man on the back that's got a dime size silver circle on front and back

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        George myers 

        7 months ago

        I found a1996 penny with no mark but in the date the 6 is higher

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        Zach 

        7 months ago from Colorado

        Sigifredo,

        I have never heard of such a coin. I would suspect alteration (or forgery) of the coin after the mint. Draped bust dimes were last minted in 1807, nearly 105 years before the date printed on your coin. I would suggest taking the coin to a local dealer for them to examine and possibly shed some light onto how your coin came to be. Thanks for reading!

      • Joe Macho profile imageAUTHOR

        Zach 

        7 months ago from Colorado

        Hello Anthony,

        If you're looking to sell, try a local coin dealer. Thanks for reading!

      • Joe Macho profile imageAUTHOR

        Zach 

        7 months ago from Colorado

        Hello,

        This actually is a very common occurrence for these coins. In 1994 until the design change in 2008, the mints produced pennies with the close AM design. As such, some of the a's and m's touch. I wish I could tell you that they're more rare, but unfortunately not. Thanks for reading!

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        Zach 

        7 months ago from Colorado

        Terrie - This sounds like a very interesting coin. I would recommend taking it to a local coin dealer to see if they may be able to help out with its authenticity. Good luck to you!

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        Joe 

        7 months ago

        I have a penny that is from 1950 -D but not sure what year in the 5o's last digit missing mint condition is it possible to be worth anything

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        Sigifredo Ayala 

        7 months ago

        Hi Do YOU have some information about 1912d silver wheat penny that was strike on a 10 cent planchet draped Bust Dime

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        Anthony 

        7 months ago

        I have a 1909 penny and a 1982 small date penny how do i sell them

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        Lisa ball 

        7 months ago

        I found a 1983 penny its copper but has siler aroubd edges and othet plave on it...if anyine couple plese help

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        JessLO 

        7 months ago

        Hi! My husband and I have recently gotten into coin collecting and searching, and have stumbled upon a 1994 and 2006 Lincoln Penny with the letters "A" & "M" actually touching each other (we have jewler's glasses that we can use to confirm this).

        I have tried searching for results on how rare or common these are and I am not finding much. Maybe because I do not know where to look, being so new at this?

        Any help is appreciated!!

        Thanks!

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        Terrie Nichols 

        7 months ago

        I have a 1955 D penny with a smooth back. Nothing was printed on it. Is it worth anything?

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        Unknown 

        7 months ago

        I have 2 1983 pennys cool right?

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        Aaron Lay 

        7 months ago

        I have a collection of Penny's dated from 1918 - 1990 all types looking to find a buyer for each Penny's value

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        Johnny lott 

        8 months ago

        I found a 2007 penny with vde stamped on Abraham Lincoln's sleeve has anybody else seen one of these

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        Ed 

        8 months ago

        I have a 2000 penny that’s got a building stamped on face on Lincoln and on the back stamped sideways on top of building ...is it worth anything or no?

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        Johnny Warner 

        8 months ago

        Whats the value of. A 1984 penny where the year is messed up

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        Markursini83@gmail.com 

        8 months ago

        I have found 1858 Misprint Lincoln penny with wrong date mist value

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        Markursini83@gmail.com 

        8 months ago

        I have found 1858 Misprint Lincoln penny with wrong date mist value

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        Terry 

        8 months ago

        I have a penny with the date 198 is it worth anything

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        Lisa Crowe 

        8 months ago

        I found a 1983 D Lincolnhead penny. DD his head is twice and the date is also.

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        Robert Allen 

        8 months ago

        1987D mint mark above date, any known, what could it be worth

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        Just kim 

        8 months ago

        Yeah, I have one!

        I missed who I was to sell to.

        Thank yiu

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        Barbara 

        8 months ago

        Bottom of purse find: a double stamped 2000 penny that is a mated pair.... Both sides double stamped... Help?

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        Haley Miller 

        8 months ago

        I found a 1980 pennie it has multiple lines that go through both sides of the penny, i don't see an1980 under the error list but you can't even tell until it's under the microscope and little but it's a significant amount of lines that pretty much match the other sides lines, is this a good find

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        8 months ago

        A penny from the year 11993?

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        Zach 

        8 months ago from Colorado

        Sounds like a pretty common mint error. The coin could be worth a couple dollars. Its hard to tell without seeing it. Try taking the penny into a coin dealer in your area. They might be able to tell you a little bit more about the type of error and value.

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        Zach 

        8 months ago from Colorado

        Thanks for commenting. Unfortunately, this coin sounds like it was modified sometime during circulation. It doesn't sound like a mint error.

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        Zach 

        8 months ago from Colorado

        There's plenty of errors out there. A good place to start would be to take the coin to a reputable coin dealer in your area.

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