10 Of The Most Valuable Pennies

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1943-D Lincoln Bronze Wheat Penny

Designed by Victor D. Brenner, this is one of the highest-value pennies in circulation today. Made of 95% copper and 5% tin and zinc alloy, it sold for $1.7 million in 2010 but is valued at $2.3 million in uncirculated mint condition.

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1793 Strawberry Leaf Cent

In 2009, the Strawberry Leaf penny broke records for the most money paid for a penny at an auction, going for $862,000. The Strawberry Leaf cent is extremely rare, bearing a four-leaf strawberry plant on the tail of the coin.

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1944-S Steel Wheat Penny

This penny somehow missed the 1944 transition from steel-coated zinc to copper, and it’s worth a fortune as a result. Just two copies of the San Francisco-minted version remain. Circulating coins are worth $408,000 to $409,000 in average condition.

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1909 VDB Matte Proof Lincoln Penny

Older coins tend to be worth more the longer they are around. Matte-proof coins tend to be highly coveted amongst collectors, and this 1909 VDB version is the most desired. You can tell it is authentic from the square, sharp-edged rims and the details.

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1958 Doubled Die Obverse Cent

Doubled Die Obverse pennies command some of the highest prices at auction because there were only a few minted. You’ll recognize one by the “doubled” lettering of the words “In God We Trust” and “Liberty.”

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1856 Flying Eagle Cent

The Flying Eagle cent may not be as rare as 1943 Lincoln cents, but they are still worth more than six figures. More than 600 of these coins were given to politicians and others during the original minting, but additional coins were re-struck from the original dies in 1858 and 1859.

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1864 Indian Head Penny “L” on Ribbon

After Flying Eagle Cent was minted, the federal government transitioned to the Indian Head Penny in 1864. Like VDB, who struck his initials on the bottom of Lincoln pennies, the designer of the Indian Head — James Longacre –started slipping an L for his last name on the ribbon toward the end of 1964.

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1914-D Lincoln Penny

Lincoln Cents minted between 1909 and 1958 are popular amongst collectors. The 1914-D coin is very rare, with just 1.2 million minted. You can find these pennies ranging from hundreds to thousands on eBay, but one of the pricier coins in mint condition sold for $159,000.

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1926-S Lincoln Penny

It might be wise to take a look through your pockets for any Lincoln wheat pennies, as these coins tend to sell for more than face value even if they aren’t in mint condition. But if you spot a red Lincoln penny from this era, it might be time to book that luxury vacation you’ve wanted.

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1958 Doubled Die Penny

The 1958 Doubled Die Penny exhibits noticeable doubling on the obverse side, particularly on the date and lettering. This striking error occurred during the minting process, resulting in a distinct and highly collectible variety sought after by enthusiasts and numismatists.

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1872 Indian Head Penny

The 1872 Indian Head Penny is considered a key date within the series, valued for its rarity and historical significance. With a limited mintage and fewer surviving specimens compared to other dates, this penny is highly sought after by collectors.

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1909-S Indian Cent

Issued exclusively in San Francisco, the 1909-S Indian Cent holds significance as one of the final coins in the series before it was replaced by the Lincoln Cent. With a limited mintage and fewer surviving examples in high grades, this penny is highly coveted by collectors for its historical importance and scarcity.

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