Most 1996 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.

1996 Penny

Specifications

Type: Lincoln Penny
Year: 1996
Face Value: $0.01
Composition: 99.2% zinc, 0.8% copper
Total Weight: 2.5 grams

The US minted the 1996 penny with no mint mark and also the 1996 D penny and 1996 S proof penny. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the obverse side of the coin below the date.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1996 Philadelphia 6,612,465,000
1996 D Denver 6,510,795,000
1996 S Proof San Francisco 2,525,265

Value

Most 1996 pennies in circulated condition are only worth their face value of $0.01. These coins can only sell for a premium in uncirculated condition.

The 1996 penny with no mint mark and the 1996 D penny are each worth around $0.30 in uncirculated condition with an MS 65 grade.

The 1996 S proof penny is worth around $4.50 in PR 65 condition.

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:

1997 Penny
1995 Penny
1994 Penny