Shield Pennies were minted from 2010 to the present year. They are composed of 99.2% zinc and 0.8% copper. Each penny weighs 2.5 grams. Most of these coins aren't valuable and they are only worth a premium in uncirculated condition.

2013 Penny

Shield Penny Reverse

Series

Different series are available. Lincoln Shield pennies were minted out of four different locations- Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point. The pennies with no mint mark were minted out of Philadelphia. Pennies with the D mint mark were minted out of Denver. Pennies with the S mint mark are proof coins minted out of San Francisco. Pennies with the W mint mark are proof coins minted out of West Point. The mint mark, when present, can be found underneath the date.

Design

Victor D. Brenner designed the obverse side of the coin and Lyndall Bass designed the reverse side of the coin.

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

The reverse side of the coin shows the Union shield. The 13 stripes on the shield represent the original 13 states.

Value

Most shield 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.

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

 

Sources:

The Red Book