2009 was a special year for pennies. For this year there are four different design varieties on the reverse side of the coin. These designs commemorate both the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln penny and also the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Keep reading to learn more about these one cent coins and what their value is.

Coin Information

2009 Penny

The US minted the 2009 penny with no mint mark and also the 2009 D penny and 2009 S proof penny. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the obverse side of the coin below the date.

In addition to the standard pennies and copper proof pennies, the mint sold special-edition copper pennies with a satin finish as part of a set. These collectible copper pennies were not issued for circulation so you won't find them in your spare change. 2009 copper pennies weigh 3.11 grams, the same weight as the old copper Lincoln pennies that were issued from 1909-1982. 2009 zinc pennies weigh 2.5 grams.

Series Location Quantity Minted
2009 Birth and Early Childhood Philadelphia 284,400,000
2009 Birth and Early Childhood, copper, Satin Finish Philadelphia 784,614
2009 D Birth and Early Childhood Denver 350,400,000
2009 D Birth and Early Childhood, copper, Satin Finish Denver 784,614
2009 S Birth and Early Childhood, copper, Proof San Francisco 2,995,615
2009 Formative Years Philadelphia 376,000,000
2009 Formative Years, copper, Satin Finish Philadelphia 784,614
2009 D Formative Years Denver 363,600,000
2009 D Formative Years, copper, Satin Finish Denver 784,614
2009 S Formative Years, copper, Proof San Francisco 2,995,615
2009 Professional Life Philadelphia 316,000,000
2009 Professional Life, copper, Satin Finish Philadelphia 784,614
2009 D Professional Life Denver 336,000,000
2009 D Professional Life, copper, Satin Finish Denver 784,614
2009 S Professional Life, copper, Proof San Francisco 2,995,615
2009 Presidency Philadelphia 129,600,000
2009 Presidency, copper, Satin Finish Philadelphia 784,614
2009 D Presidency Denver 198,000,000
2009 D Presidency, copper, Satin Finish Denver 784,614
2009 S Presidency, copper, Proof San Francisco 2,995,615

Designs

As mentioned there are four different design varieties on the reverse side of the coin. The designs show the four stages of Abraham Lincoln's life. The phrase "E PLURIBUS UNUM" is inscribed on each design. This Latin phrase means "One out of many".

Each design has a similar mintage and no one design is more valuable than another.

Birth and Early Childhood

2009 Penny Birth and Early Childhood

On the reverse side of the coin there is an image of a log cabin which is similar to the one that Lincoln's parents lived in. It's believed that Lincoln himself was born in his parent's log cabin. The date 1809 is inscribed on the coin and this date signifies the year that Lincoln was born.

Formative Years

2009 Penny Formative Years

On the reverse side of the coin there is an image of a young Abraham Lincoln sitting on a log. In this image Lincoln is reading a book while taking a break from splitting logs. Lincoln once worked as a rail splitter.

Professional Life

2009 Penny Professional Life

On the reverse side of the coin there is an image of an adult Abraham Lincoln standing in front of the state capital of Illinois. Lincoln once represented Sangamon County in the Illinois House of Representatives and then later he represented Illinois's 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Presidency

2009 Penny Presidency

On the reverse side of the coin there is an image of the U.S. Capital Dome the way it looked when Lincoln held office. The U.S. Capital Dome was partially completed at the time, and this image symbolizes how the nation was during that time period- torn apart by slavery and the U.S. Civil War.

Value

Most 2009 zinc pennies in circulated condition, regardless of series, are only worth their face value of $0.01. These coins can only sell for a premium in uncirculated condition.

The 2009 zinc pennies are each worth around $0.30 in uncirculated condition with an MS 65 grade.

The 2009 copper pennies with the satin finish are each worth around $10 in uncirculated condition with an MS 65 grade.

The 2009 S copper proof pennies are each worth around $4 in PR 65 condition.

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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:

2010 Penny
2008 Penny
2007 Penny