6 Most Valuable Pennies in Circulation: Could You Have One?

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Among the myriad coins circulating in pockets and piggy banks, a few pennies carry values far beyond their one-cent denomination due to their rarity, historical significance, or minting anomalies. 

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1. 1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent 

However, a few were mistakenly struck on leftover bronze planchets. A 1943 bronze cent can be worth a significant amount, with some fetching over $100,000 depending on their condition. 

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2. 1955 Double Die Lincoln Cent 

This error coin features doubling on its obverse (front) side, particularly noticeable in the date and inscriptions. Due to a misalignment during the minting process, these pennies have become highly sought after by collectors. Depending on their state, they can be worth thousands of dollars. 

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3. 1969-S Double Die Obverse Lincoln Cent 

Another example of a double die coin, the 1969-S features clear doubling on the words "Liberty" and "In God We Trust," as well as on the date. These coins are rare and can command tens of thousands of dollars in high grades. 

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4. 1972 Double Die Lincoln Cent 

Similar to the 1955 and 1969-S pennies, this coin exhibits doubling on its obverse side. While there are several varieties of doubling in 1972 pennies, the most valuable is Type 1. In pristine condition, these can be worth several thousand dollars. 

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5. 1992 Close AM Lincoln Cent 

Normally, the letters "A" and "M" in "AMERICA" on the reverse of Lincoln cents from 1992 are spaced slightly apart ("Wide AM"). A few were mistakenly minted with the "A" and "M" almost touching ("Close AM"), making them rare and valuable, potentially fetching over $20,000 for a single coin. 

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6. 1983 Double Die Reverse Lincoln Cent 

This penny has doubling on its reverse (back) side, visible in the phrases "ONE CENT" and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA." While not as famous as the 1955 or 1969-S errors, it's still highly coveted by collectors and can be worth up to a few thousand dollars. 

While the chance of finding one in your pocket change is slim, these treasures do occasionally surface, making the search all the more exciting for coin enthusiasts. 

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