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Friday February 15, 2019

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Lincoln Memorial Penny / Cent
Years of Production: 1959 to present
Compostion: Copper, tin and zinc
Minted at: Lincoln Memorial pennies were struck at the Philadelphia Mint, Denver Mint and San Francisco Mint
Location of Mint Mark: Obverse side, below date
Designer: The Lincoln Memorial penny's obverse was designed by Victor D. Brenner, the reverse by Frank Gasparro.
Comments: Lincoln Memorial pennies (cents) are named for the monument which replaced the ears of wheat formerly displayed on the reverse side of the coin. Click coins at right to view obverse and reverse coin detail.

How much are my pennies worth? A penny -- with a face value of 1 cent -- can be worth more depending on certain factors. Coin value is dependant on the coin's condition, often rated as Fair, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF) or Extremely Fine (EF or XF). Proof coins are specially struck coins with mirrored surfaces.

In addition to the quality of a coin, its value is also dependant on how rare it is. Below is a list of the approximate mintages of Lincoln Memorial pennies.

1959 611 Million
1959-D 1280 Million
1960 588 Million
1960-D 1581 Million
1961 756 Million
1961-D 1753 Million
1962 609 Million
1962-D 1793 Million
1963 757 Million
1963-D 1774 Million
1964 2653 Million
1964-D 3799 Million
1965 1497 Million
1966 2188 Million
1967 3049 Million
1968 1708 Million
1968-D 2886 Million
1968-S 261 Million
1969 1137 Million
1969-D 4003 Million
1969-S 547 Million
1970 1898 Million
1970-D 2891 Million
1970-S 693 Million
1971 1920 Million
1971-D 2911 Million
1971-S 525 Million
1972 2933 Million
1972-D 2665 Million
1972-S 380 Million
1973 3728 Million
1973-D 3550 Million
1973-S 320 Million
1974 4232 Million
1974-D 4235 Million
1974-S 412 Million

Coins - Pennies - Lincoln Memorial Pennies

Coin collecting or Numismatics rewards the hobbyist in many ways. Coin values can be strictly described as the monetary value or price of given coins; but the knowledge of history, economics and geography available to coin collectors makes coin collecting an invaluable experience well worth sharing with friends, children and grandchildren.

A coin collection need not start with particularly old, rare, or valuable coins of gold or silver. Young collectors are captivated by the unfamiliar designs of such standard American coins as the Indian Head Penny and the Buffalo Nickel. Representative examples of such quintessential coins can be obtained at minimal cost to novice collectors willing to accept coins with high mintages or some wear. Patient culling can be more economical than paying dealer prices. Such coins will help teach basic lessons in grading coins and help to fill up the empty slots in the novice's coin albums. The newly released State Quarters series and Sacagawea Dollars can also be interesting points of entry for young hobbyists discovering the world of coin collecting.

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