6 Pennies from the 1900s Worth a Lot of Money

The 1914-S Lincoln penny was issued from the San Francisco Mint. This penny was part of the Lincoln cent series, which began in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. 

The obverse features a portrait of Lincoln, while the reverse has two wheat ears. A penny in mint condition could be valued at around $3,200. 

The 1924-S wheat penny was minted in San Francisco. According to Coin Trackers, the Red (RD) flavors of the coin are worth the most. A coin in average condition is only around $4, but a mint-condition 1924-S wheat penny could be valued at around $12,000. 

In 1943, the U.S. switched to zinc-coated steel to help save copper during World War II. More than one billion 1943 steel cents were struck, Gainesville Coins reported 

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The 1944-D Lincoln penny is also referred to as steel pennies or silver pennies. In 1944, pennies were supposed to transition from steal back to copper. 

The 1969-S Lincoln penny is one of the most valuable double die varieties ever produced, according to Gainesville Coins. Doubling is seen on the obverse in the inscription and date 

Only seven Denver-minted steel pennies are known to exist, according to USA Coin Book, and a coin in average condition is estimated to be worth over $34,800. 

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