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An MS-64 1919 Lincoln Cent in an NGC holder

Find the Value of 4 Different Lincoln Cents

Who doesn’t want to find an elusive and valuable penny in their change jar?

There are so many dynamic factors that can affect the value of a coin. Let’s review the Red Book values associated with the 1910, 1919, 1941, and 1942 Lincoln Wheat Cents.

1910 Lincoln Cent

The 1910 Lincoln Cent was minted in two U.S. Mints and can be a valuable Cent coin, depending on its type, condition, and which mint issued it.

The Philadelphia Mint produced 4,083 1910 Proof Lincoln Pennies. These are matte Proofs worth up to $400 in a PF-63 state. The U.S. Mint at Philadelphia struck 146,801,218 Lincoln Cents the same year. These are worth $0.35 in Good-4 grades and $25 in MS-63 condition. Neither variety features a mint mark.

The San Francisco Mint issued 6,045,500 1910 Cents in 1910, identified by an S mint mark. In Good-4 grades, these are worth $17. 1910 Pennies from San Francisco in MS-63 condition are valued at $120.

1919 Lincoln Cent

The 1919 Lincoln Cent was produced in three U.S. Mints. Based on where it was minted and its state, this penny could be worth between $0.20 to $115, which is a high range so let’s break this down by issuing mint.

The Philadelphia issue (no mint mark) of the 1919 Lincoln Cent had a mintage of 392,021,000. This Cent is worth about $28 in MS-63 condition and $0.20 in a Good-4 state.

The Denver issue (D mint mark) of the 1919 Lincoln Penny had a mintage of 57,154,000 and in M-63 condition, it is valued at $110. The same coin in a VG-8 state is worth $0.30.

The San Francisco (S mint mark) 1919 Lincoln Cent had a mintage of 139,760,000. This penny in an MS-63 state is worth about $115, and in a Good-4 condition, is valued at $0.20.

1941 Lincoln Cent

The 1941 Lincoln Penny was also struck in three U.S. Mints. Depending on its condition and issuing mint, this Cent is worth between $0.15 and $2.00. Versions of this coin in a PF-63 state are valued at $35.00.

The Philadelphia Mint produced 21,100 Proof versions of the 1941 Lincoln Cent, and these are valued as high as $35. The Philadelphia mint produced 887,018,000 L1941 Pennies for circulation. These are worth $0.15 for a Good-4 specimen and as much as $2.00 for a Cent in MS-63 condition. Coins from the Philadelphia Mint do not feature a mint mark.

1941 Lincoln Cents from the Denver Mint have a mintage of 128,700,000. In a Good-4 state, these Pennies are valued at $0.15 and in MS-60, are worth $4.00. The Denver Mint uses a D mint mark.

The San Francisco Mint struck 92,360,000 1941 Lincoln Cents, with large and small varieties of the San Francisco S mint mark. In a Good-4 condition, these Pennies are worth $0.15, and in MS-60 condition, are valued at $4.00.

1942 Lincoln Cent

The 1942 Lincoln Cent was produced at three U.S. Mints and is valued between $0.15 for a Good-4 coin and $35 for a PF-63 Proof coin.

The Philadelphia Mint issued 32,000 Proof versions of the 1942 Lincoln Penny. These are worth up to $35 in PF-63 condition. Regular issue 1942 Pennies from the Philadelphia Mint are valued at $0.15 in Good-4 state and $1.00 in MS-63 condition. As with the above examples, the Philadelphia Mint uses no mint mark.

The Denver Mint struck 206,698,000 Pennies in 1942. These Lincoln Pennies are valued at $0.15 in a Good-4 shape and are worth $1.00 in MS-63 state. Identify these Lincoln Cents by the D mint mark.

The San Francisco Mint produced 85,590,000 Lincoln Cents in 1942. In a Good-4 state, these coins are worth $0.15, and in an MS-63 condition, they are worth $8.00.

If reading this article has you digging in the couch cushions for hidden treasures and considering grading costs, learn about costs associated with having a coin graded.

This article is intended to demonstrate the wide range of values associated with 4 different Lincoln Cents. The advice in this article represents a general range of values that are dependent on several factors. Your coin’s worth should be determined by a professional third-party grading service if your intention is to insure or sell the coin.

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