Lincoln Memorial Pennies, also known as Lincoln Memorial cents, were minted from 1959-2008. The earlier pennies have a copper composition, and the later ones have a zinc composition. In 1982 the composition changed to zinc. The copper pennies weigh 3.11 grams and the zinc pennies weigh 2.5 grams. Most of these coins aren't valuable and they are only worth a premium in uncirculated condition.

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Lincoln Memorial Penny Reverse


Different series are available. Lincoln Memorial pennies were minted out of three different locations- Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. The pennies with no mint mark were minted out of Philadelphia. Pennies with the D mint mark were minted out of Denver. Lastly pennies with the S mint mark were minted out of San Francisco. The mint mark, when present, can be found underneath the date.

In addition, proof coins were minted and these coins will sell for more money.


Victor D. Brenner designed the obverse side of the coin and Frank Gasparro designed the reverse side of the coin.

The obverse side of the coin features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial pennies have the same obverse side design as the wheat pennies and shield pennies.

The reverse side of the coin features the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. If you look closely you can see Abraham Lincoln sitting inside the memorial. This Lincoln Memorial design was first issued in 1959 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.


Most copper pennies in circulated condition will only be worth their copper melt value, which is currently around $0.02 per penny. Most zinc pennies in circulated condition will only be worth their face value of $0.01.

Pennies in uncirculated condition can sell for a premium. Proof coins will sell for higher prices. In addition, several notable error varieties exist and these error pennies can be quite valuable.

Ultimately, the value of a Lincoln Memorial penny will depend on its series and its condition. See the list below to learn the value for any individual penny.



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