Most 1973 Lincoln pennies aren't valuable. However these pennies can sell for a premium in uncirculated condition. Keep reading to learn more about these one cent coins.

1973 Penny

Specifications

Type: Lincoln Penny
Year: 1973
Face Value: $0.01
Composition: 95% copper, 5% zinc
Total Weight: 3.11 grams

The US minted the 1973 penny with no mint mark and also the 1973 D penny and 1973 S penny. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the obverse side of the coin below the date.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1973 Philadelphia 3,728,245,000
1973 D Denver 3,549,576,588
1973 S San Francisco 317,177,295

Value

Most 1973 pennies in circulated condition are only worth their weight in copper. The current copper melt value for each penny is about $0.02. These coins can only sell for a premium in uncirculated condition.

The 1973 penny with no mint mark and the 1973 D penny are each worth around $0.30 in uncirculated condition with an MS 65 grade.

The 1973 S penny is worth around $0.85 in uncirculated condition with an MS 65 grade.

Proof coins with the S mint mark are available and they are each valued at around $1 in PR 65 condition. There were 2,760,339 proof coins minted.

Grading System

MS 65 gem uncirculated- There is strong luster and eye appeal. A few light contact marks may be present but they are barely noticeable.

PR 65 proof- There are no flaws to this coin. A few blemishes may be present.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1974 Penny
1972 Penny
1971 Penny