Most 1981 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.
Type: Lincoln Penny
Face Value: $0.01
Composition: 95% copper, 5% zinc
Total Weight: 3.11 grams
The US minted the 1981 penny with no mint mark and also the 1981 D penny and 1981 S proof penny. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the obverse side of the coin below the date.
There are two different varieties for the 1981 S proof penny- type 1 and type 2. The type 1 coins have a filled S mint mark, and the type 2 coins have a clear S mint mark. See the image below for reference.
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Most 1981 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 1981 penny with no mint mark and the 1981 D penny are each worth around $0.30 in uncirculated condition with an MS 65 grade.
The 1981 S proof type 1 penny is worth around $3 in PR 65 condition.
The 1981 S proof type 2 penny is worth around $15 in PR 65 condition.
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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.