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Lincoln Cent Value Memorial

Lincoln Cent Value Uncirculated

Lincoln Memorial Cent Value By Date

1959-69 Memorial Rev.
Mintage
PR Mintage
MS65
MS66
MS67
MS68
PF65
1959
609,715,000
1,149,291
.30
$3
$15
$50
$12
1959-D
1,279,760,000
.30
$3
$17
$75
1960 Large Date
586,405,000
1,691,602
.30
$3
$16
$40
$12
1960 Small Date
Inc. Above
$6
$4
$30
$150
1960-D Large Date
Inc. Above
.30
$3
$18
$30
1960-D Small Date
Inc. Above
.30
$3
$19
$40
1961
753,345,000
3,028,244
.30
$2
$10
$40
$10
1961-D
1,753,266,700
.30
$3
$20
$30
1962
606,045,000
3,218,019
.30
$3
$15
$30
$10
1962-D
1,793,148,400
.30
$3
$20
$40
1963
754,110,000
3,075,645
.30
$3
$16
$30
$10
1963-D
1,774,020,400
.30
$3
$22
$30
1964
2,648,575,000
3,950,762
.30
$2
$10
$20
$10
1964-D
3,799,071,500
.30
$2
$12
$25
1965 SMS
1,497,224,900
2,360,000
.30
$3
$20
$30
1966 SMS
2,188,147,783
2,261,583
.25
$3
$22
$30
1967 SMS
3,048,667,100
1,863,344
.25
$3
$25
$30
1968 SMS
1,707,880,970
.15
$2
$12
$30
1968-D
2,886,269,600
.15
$2.50
$14
$25
1968-S
258,270,001
3,041,506
.15
$2.50
$14
$35
$6
1969
1,136,910,000
.25
$2.50
$15
$150
1969-D
4,002,832,200
.15
$2.50
$14
$30
1969-S
544,375,000
2,934,631
.15
$4
$30
$75
1970’s Memorial Rev.
Mintage
PF Mintage
MS65
MS66
MS67
MS68
PF65
1970
1,898,315,000
.15
$1
$10
$25
1970-D
2,891,438,900
.15
$1
$10
$15
1970-S Large Date
690,560,004
2,632,810
.15
$2
$19
$50
$50
1970-S  Level 7. Small Date
Inc. Above
$20
$25
$75
$299
1971
1,919,490,000
.25
$3
$25
$30
1971-D
2,911,045,600
.25
$1
$8
$15
1971-S
525,133,459
3,220,733
.15
$1
$9
$20
$6
1972
2,933,255,000
.15
$1
$7
$15
1972-D
2,665,071,400
.15
$2
$20
$25
1972-S
376,939,108
3,260,996
.25
$3.50
$30
$35
1973
3,728,245,000
.30
$1
$12
$15
1973-D
3,549,576,588
.30
$1.50
$15
$25
1973-S
317,177,295
2,760,339
.35
$1
$12
$25
1974
4,232,140,523
.30
$1
$12
$15
1974-D
4,235,098,000
.30
$1
$10
$20
1974-S
409,426,660
2,612,568
.35
$1.50
$15
$20
1975
5,451,476,142
.30
$1
$8
$25
1975-D
4,505,275,300
.30
$1
$15
$20
1975-S
2,845,450
$6
1976
4,674,292,426
.30
$1.50
$15
$20
1976-D
4,221,592,455
.30
$2
$18
$25
1976-S
4,149,730
$10
1977
4,469,930,000
.30
$2
$20
$25
1977-D
4,194,062,300
.30
$2
$20
$25
1977-S
3,251,152
$6
1978
5,558,605,000
.30
$2
$20
$25
1978-D
4,280,233,400
.30
$2
$19
$24
1978-S
3,127,781
$6
1979
6,018,515,000
.30
$2
$15
$20
1979-D
4,139,357,254
.30
$2
$15
$20
1979-S Filled S
3,677,175
$7
1979-S Clear  S
Inc. Above
$10
1980’s Memorial Rev.
Mintage
PF Mintage
MS65
MS66
MS67
MS68
PF65
1980
7,414,705,000
.30
$1
$10
$15
1980-D
5,140,098,660
.30
$1
$12
$16
1980-S
3,554,806
$6
1981
7,491,750,000
.30
$1
$10
$15
1981-D
5,373,235,677
.30
$1
$12
$16
1981-S Filled S
4,063,083
$7
1981-S Clear S
Inc. Above
$15
1982 Lg. Dt. Copper
10,712,525,000
.30
$1
$8
$15
1982 Sm. Dt. Copper
Inc. Above
.40
$1
$10
$15
1982-D Copper
6,012,979,368
.30
$1
$8
$15
1982-S Copper
Inc. Above
3,857,479
$5
Copper Plated Zinc Planchets
Mintage
PF Mintage
MS65
MS66
MS67
MS68
PF65
1982 Lg. Dt.
Inc. Above
.35
$1
$8
$10
1982 Sm. Dt.
Inc. Above
.85
$1
$10
$15
1982-D Lg. Dt.
Inc. Above
.40
$1
$9
$10
1982-D Sm. Dt.
Inc. Above
.35
$1
$7
$15
1983
7,752,355,000
.25
$1
$8
$20
1983-D
6,467,199,428
.25
$1
$7
$10
1983-S
3,279,126
$5
1984
8,151,079,000
.25
$1
$7
$10
1984-D
5,569,238,906
.25
$1
$7
$10
1984-S
3,065,110
$6
1985
5,648,489,887
.25
$1
$6
$10
1985-D
5,287,399,926
.25
$1
$6
1985-S
3,362,821
$6
1986
4,491,395,493
.80
$1
$6
$10
1986-D
4,442,866,698
.30
$1
$9
$10
1986-S
3,010,497
$7
1987
4,682,466,931
.60
$1
$6
$10
1987-D
4,879,389,514
.25
$1
$6
$10
1987-S
4,227,728
$6
1988
6,092,810,000
.25
$1
$6
$10
1988-D
5,253,740,443
.25
$1
$6
$10
1988-S
3,262,948
$15
1989
7,261,535,000
.25
.75
$6
$10
1989-D
5,345,467,111
.25
.75
$6
$10
1989-S
3,220,194
$14
1990’s Memorial Rev
Mintage
PF Mintage
MS65
MS66
MS67
MS68
PF65
1990
6,851,765,000
.25
.75
$6
$8
1990-D
4,922,894,533
.25
.75
$6
$8
1990-S
3,299,559
1991
5,165,940,000
  .25
.75
$7
$8
1991-D
4,158,442,076
.25
.75
$6
$8
1991-S
2,867,787
1992
4,648,905,000
.25
.75
$6
$8
1992-D
4,448,673,300
.25
.75
$6
$8
1992-S
4,176,560
1993
5,684,705,000
.25
.75
$6
$8
1993-D
6,426,650,571
.25
.75
$6
$8
1993-S
3,394,792
1994
6,500,850,000
.25
.75
$9
$10
1994-D
7,131,765,000
.25
.75
$6
$8
1994-S
3,269,923
1995
6,411,440,000
.25
.75
$6
$8
1995-D
7,128,560,000
.25
.75
$6
$8
1995-S
2,797,481
1996
6,612,465,000
.25
.75
$6
$8
1996-D
6,510,795,000
.25
.75
$6
$8
1996-S
2,525,265
1997
4,622,800,000
.25
.75
$3
$5
1997-D
4,576,555,000
.25
.75
$3
$5
1997-S
2,796,678
1998
5,032,200,000
.25
.75
$3
$5
1998-D
5,225,200,000
.25
.75
$3
$5
1998-S
2,086,507
1999
5,237,600,000
.25
.75
$3
$5
1999-D
6,360,065,000
.25
.75
$3
$5
1999-S
2,543,401
2000-08 Memorial Rev
Mintage
PF Mintage
MS65
MS66
MS67
MS68
PF65
2000
5,503,200,000
.25
.50
$3.50
$4
2000-D
8,774,220,000
.25
.50
$3.50
$4
2000-S
3,082,483
$4
2001
4,959,600,000
.25
.50
$3.50
$4
2001-D
5,374,990,000
.25
.50
$4
2001-S
Unknown
2,294,043
$4
2002
3,260.800,000
.25
.50
$3.50
$4
2002-D
4,028,055,000
.25
.50
$3.50
$4
2002-S
2,277,720
$4
2003
3,300,000,000
.25
.50
$3.50
$4
2003-D
3,548,000,000
.25
.50
$3.50
$4
2003-S
3,298,439
$4
2004
3,379,600,000
.25
.50
$3.50
$4
2004-D
3,456,400,000
.25
.50
$3.50
$4
2004-S
2,965,422
$4
2005
3,935,600,000
.25
.50
$2.50
$4
2005 Satin Finish
$1
$2
$4
$6
2005-D
3,764,450,500
.25
.50
$2.50
$4
2005-S
3,344,679
$4
2006
4,290,000,000
.25
.50
$2.50
$4
2006 Satin Finish
$1
$1.50
$3
$6
2006-D
3,944,000,000
.25
.50
$2.50
$4
2006-S
3,054,436
$4
2007
3,762,400,000
.25
.50
$3.50
$4
2007 Satin Finish
$1
$2
$5
$6
2007-D
3,638,800,000
.25
.50
$3.50
$4
2007-S
2,577,166
$4
2008
2,558,800,000
.25
.50
$6
$4
2008 Satin Finish
$1
$2
$3
$6
2008-D
2,849,600,000
.35
.50
$6
$4
2008-S
2,169,561
$4
2009 Bicentennial Issues
Mintage
PF Mintage
MS65
MS66
MS67
MS68
PF65
Certain examples of the 2009 Bicentennial issues, graded MS67 by PCGS can sell for over a $1,000
2009 Early Childhood
284,400,000
.50
$1
$2
$12
2009 Satin Finish
$1
$3
$15
2009-D Early Childhood
350,400,000
.50
$1
$2
$12
2009-S Early Childhood
Est. 1,991,259
$4
2009 Formative Years
376,000,000
.50
$1
$2
$12
2009 Satin Finish
$1
$3
$15
2009-D Formative Years
363,600,000
.50
$1
$2
$12
2009-S Formative Years
Est. 1,991,259
$4
2009 Professional
316,000,000
.50
$1
$2
$12
2009 Satin Finish
$1
$3
$15
2009-D Professional
336,000,000
.50
$1
$2
$12
2009-S Professional
Est. 1,991,259
$4
2009 Presidency
129,600,000
.50
$1
$2
$12
2009 Satin Finish
$1
$3
$15
2009-D Presidency
198,000,000
.50
$1
$2
$12
2009-S Presidency
Est. 1,991,259
$4
Shield Reverse
Mintage
PF Mintage
MS65
MS66
MS67
MS68
PF65
2010
1,963,630,000
.25
$1
$2
$3
2010 Satin Finish
$1
$2
$3
2010-D
2,407,200,000
.25
$1
$2
$3
2010-S
Est. 1,455,015
$4
2011
2,402,400,000
.25
$1
$2
$3
2011 Satin Finish
$1
$2
$3
2011-D
2,536,140,000
.25
$1
$2
$3
2011-S
$4
2012
.25
$1
$2
$3
2012 Satin Finish
$1
$2
$3
2012-D
.25
$1
$2
$3
2012-S
$4

Lincoln Memorial Cent Value Facts:

Date – Mint Rarity:

No key dates for 1959 through 2008 dated Lincoln Memorial Cents but the two best dates are 1960 (no mint mark) Small Date and the 1970-D Small Date. You do have some doubled die varieties worth a premium and this is explained in the varieties section.

The good thing about Lincoln Memorial Cent value is the 95% copper content from 1959 through 1982 because they’re worth near three times face so collectors do hoard them. Collectors also pay a premium for BU (Brilliant Uncirculated) rolls because they look for the varieties.

The proof versions are worth a bit of a premium if it when they’re dated 1959 through 1981-S and there’s a few varieties worth looking though proof and mint sets for.

Grade – Condition:

Most Lincoln Memorial Cents are not worth much above their copper melt value since most are common and non-variety types, but there’s a grade threshold that does garner a premium. Just remember MS66 for dates 1959 through 1983 Lincoln Memorials in that grade can be worth $10 and up in Red (RD), and MS67 they can be worth anywhere from $40 to well over a $1,000.

A 1982 Small Date Lincoln Memorial value in MS67 is $2,800 and that’s if it’s in a PCGS holder with the grade. A PCGS Secure Plus is worth over $10,800 in MS67. Raw coins do not realize this premium, not even close, so watch out for over-graded coins. I can tell you from experience that it’s extremely difficult to get MS67 grades for Lincoln Cents.

Note that when I mention a grade like MS that means the coin is problem free – never cleaned, not pitted, or damaged in any way. If the coin has a “grainy” appearance or seems to have tiny holes, or scratches, or looks “pinkish” then it’s a problem coin and will sell for less than the values listed.

You also have three conditional factors that determine the value of a Lincoln Memorial Cent and they are: Red (RD), RB (Red-Brown), BN (Brown). A RD coin is going to have at least 90% original luster as struck by the mint and is the most valuable condition. The luster conditions only apply to mint state coins so any circulated coin will be designated BN.

Varieties:

Lincoln Cent Memorial value is in the varieties and one aspect of collecting that keeps these mostly common coins in demand. Collectors search through rolls, mint sets, proof sets and collections looking for the rare varieties. The 1969-S Doubled Die Obverese (DDO) is the top coin and has sold for upward of $105,000 in MS64 and can sell for upward of $20,000 in circulated grades with only 30 known and more to be found.

You should always look for doubled dies and make certain they’re the most valuable examples since some dates have several different doubled die examples but only one version is worth the big bucks. For example, the 1955 date has 15 different doubled die varieties but only one is worth a lot and a couple others are worth even less of a premium but the others are not worth much at all. The same goes for most doubled dies for every date so have them checked out first before thinking you’re going to cash in.

Also look for the 1992 Close AM in AMERICA and the 1998 through 2000 Wide AM plus the proof doubled dies and 1979-S and 1981-S mint mark types.

Design Types:

2009 100th Anniversary

Specifications: 1959-2008
Designer: Victor David Brenner (Obv), Frank Gasparro (Rev)
Diameter: 19 millimeters
Metal content: (1959-82) Copper – 95%, Tin and Zinc – 5%
Weight: 48 grains (3.11 grams)
Metal content: (1982-Present) Copper – .992% Zinc, .008% copper plating
Weight: 2.5 grams
Mint Mark: Under the date D,S but no mint mark for Philadelphia (P).

Lincoln Memorial Cent Value By Date:

1959-P-D
1960 Lg. Dt.
1960 Sm. Dt.
1960-D Lg. Dt.
1960-D Sm. Dt.
1961-P-D
1962-P-D
1963-P-D
1964-P-D
1965
1966
1967
1968-P-D-S
1969-P-D-S
1970-P-D
1970-S Lg. Dt.
1970-S Sm. Dt.
1971-P-D-S
1972-P-D-S
1973-P-D-S
1974-P-D-S
1975-P-D-S
1976-P-D-S
1977-P-D-S
1978-P-D-S
1979-P-D-S
1979-S Clear S
1980-89
1990-1999
2000-08
2009 Bicentennial
2010 To Date