1943 Lincoln Cent

Top 10 Most Valuable Pennies

1943 Lincoln Cent
Heritage Auctions

1943-D Lincoln Bronze Cent $2,087,866 (estimated value)

This coin sold for a staggering $1.7 million dollars in 2010 via private party sale.  It is the only known example of a Denver minted cent from that year made of bronze alloy instead of steel plated with zinc.

Due to the ongoing World War, there was a shortage of copper force the mint to switch to steel.  Somehow this copper planchet got mixed in and was struck in 1943.  Some speculate their may have been more made, but none have ever surfaced.  Others believe this may have been a lone planchet that was left in a bucket or stuck somewhere and got tossed in with the steel cents and ended up being struck.  Either way this is a nice profit for whoever found this coin.

1944 Lincoln Cent
Heritage Auctions

1944-S Lincoln Steel Penny $373,750

This coin was sold by Heritage Auctions in 2008.  Just like the coin above, this penny was struck on the wrong planchet.  Since the war had ended, they were supposed to revert back to copper tin alloy for pennies.  But somehow the San Francisco Mint managed to strike one of steel.

Not only is this coin extremely rare (two have been found) but it is in great condition earning an NGC MS-66 grading.


Lincoln-Wheat-1943-S-Bronze1943-S Lincoln Bronze Penny $282,000

This coin was sold by Heritage Auctions in 2016.  This is yet another error coin that was struck on zinc plated steel instead of the bronze planchet.  There are six known examples of this error coin.


1909 Lincoln Cent1909 VDB Matte Proof Lincoln Penny $258,500

This is the first year the Lincoln Cent was made.  This was a controversial coin because some felt the V.D.B. on the back of the coin was to prominent so the mint removed it.  Traditionally the designer of a coin had only one letter from their name stamped on a coin, in this case the designer used all three initials causing a scandal.

This is a proof coin that earned a PCGS PR-67 Red & Brown grade.  Only 1,194 were made before the initials were removed. 

Not only is this coin rare, but at over 100 years old the colors remain spectacular adding to its value.

1958-doubled-die-obverse-lincoln-wheat-cent1958 Lincoln Penny Double Die Obverse $203,591

This is an extremely rare coin with only a few known to exist.  This is a “double die” mean some parts of the coin show double, most prominently in the words “IN GOD WE TRUST”.



Lincoln-Wheat-1943-Bronze-Cent-1943 Lincoln Cent Bronze Alloy $164,500

Once again we have another version of a coin struck on the wrong planchet.  This one sold in 2013 by Stack’s Bowers Galleries.  It was a PCGS MS-63 Red graded coin.  Forty of these are known to have been made and escaped the mint.


1914 Lincoln Cent1914-D Lincoln Penny $152,750

This was sold by Heritage Auctions in 2017.  This coin was not extremely rate, but its high grad PCGS MS 66+ Red is what makes this coin so valuable.  It is tough to find these coins in good shape and this one is exception for being over 100 years old.

1926 Lincoln Cent1926-S Lincoln Penny $149,500

This coin is a PCGS MS-65 Red graded coin.  It was sold by Heritage Auctions in 2006.  The 1926-S is one of the lowest mintage Lincoln Cents ever produced.  Couple that with this uncirculated condition and its worth a lot of money.


1969 Lincoln Cent1969-S Lincoln Penny Double Die Obverse $126,500

This coin was sold at auction in 2008.  It has an interesting history as people initially believed it was a counterfeit penny.  Five coins were destroyed by the government until the realized they were just double die coins.

This coin is hard to come by but not as rare as the other coins on this list.  High demand from collectors keep the price of this coin on the top 10 list.

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