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Most Valuable Regular U.S. Coin

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Every time I get home, I pull out any change I have and throw it into a small container. As I was pulling out quarters to put in my car, I noticed a nickel that looked different from the one beside it. It was a 1941-P (it actually didn’t have a letter, which means it was minted in Philadelphia) and looked more gray than the 2001-P right next to it. Not being a numismatist, I searched online to see if there was anything special about it.

There wasn’t, it was just old and beat up. They wouldn’t be a little more special until mid-1942, until 1945) when “Wartime Nickels” were produced. Wartime nickels were made of 56% Copper, 35% Silver, and 9% Manganese rather than 75% Copper and 25% Nickel.

That led me to reading more about coins and learning about the most valuable regular U.S. coin. I wanted to find a coin you could conceivably have in your pocket or piggy bank and just not know. I wasn’t looking for the 1805 Silver Dollar, worth $10.1 million, or the 1933 Double Eagle, worth $8.5 million (more exceptionally valuable U.S. coins). If you have one of those, you know it.

No, I wanted a regular coin.

1969-S Doubled Die Obverse Lincoln Cent
Do you know what the most valuable U.S. coin is? If you guessed it’s the one pictured above, the 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse Lincoln Cent, then you’d be right. It’s a penny minted in 1969 at San Francisco where the obverse, the side with Lincoln’s face, was doubled up. The blurriness of the obverse isn’t because the picture is blurry, it’s because it’s been doubled stamped.

The coin is worth $86,250 according to this auction, which ended earlier this year.

Do you have one of these? 🙂

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172 Responses to “Most Valuable Regular U.S. Coin”

  1. Miguel says:

    I have a lot of of those pennies please email me I want to sell them.

  2. sandra villa says:

    I have two 1969 s,it looks like the letter R in liberty has a space on the line going down on one can you tell me its worr5th is anythiny I also have 4 1969 D,pennys I,wondering its worth and where I can sell them.

  3. sandra villa says:

    Sorry,that two 1969 s and 4 1969 D pennies,wondering thier worth one of the 1969 s penny’s R has a space in the line going straight down.

  4. alex Mccorkle says:

    i have a 1969 s penny and i would like to find out if its the right one and if so how much is it worth and where can i sell it at. plus i have alot of other old pennys


    I HAVE 2 OF THESE PENNIES please let me know how to sell them

  6. stephanie rITCHIE says:

    I have 2 1969 pennies mint mark s
    3 1970 pennies no mint mark I want to sell

  7. Kaspur says:

    1969 pennies are easy to come by. They have to have the doubled lettering above lincoln’s head

  8. Aide says:

    I have a 1969-s penny

  9. Konstantin says:

    Yes,I have this coin…

  10. TAMURAH says:

    I have 4 of these in my collection.

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