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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. ken says:

    i have two gold dollars from 1817-1825 and 1797-1801 with the 5th and 2nd president heads on them are they worth anything

  2. Joseph says:

    i have two 69 pennys but there “D” not S

  3. Tyler says:

    tonight looking through my coins I found a 1969 s penny I can’t tell if its double stamped or not. I looked at a picture of the same coin that was suppose to have been double stamped but could not tell the difference between my coin and that coin it didn’t look like any thing was odd about my coin

    • LUV2JOURNEY says:

      The 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse has VERY prominent doubling, you would be able to tell right away if it had doubling or not. None of them will stick to a magnet, it’s only the 1943 Lincoln that were made of Steel but a few were struck in copper and those are valuable. Other than the 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse error they are only worth a penny. They do have a copper value (all Lincolns before 1982 have 95% copper) but to have the copper extracted costs a lot of money and not worth it at this point. Some 1982 Lincoln’s have copper but they minted 7 different types of 1982 Lincoln cents and you have to weigh them in order to find out which have 95% copper or 95% zinc. 1969-D Lincolns are worth a penny also. I hope this clears up the mass confusion posted here.

  4. Anonymous says:

    how would u know or not

  5. ashen says:


  6. ramiro says:

    I have a 1969S penny see the double blur on it.Good condition.

  7. Anonymous says:

    i will like to know how much cost a penny from 1943…?

  8. tresure says:

    how much could cost a penny from 1943…?

  9. Vincent says:

    I have a 1969 s penny!! Please E mail me regaurding this.I need to know If this is the right one. Mahalo

  10. meg says:

    i have a 1979 penny that has diagonal striping in the dye. is that a doubled dye penny?

  11. Mark says:

    I have a 1969 D penny how much is it worth?

  12. Mark says:

    I also have a 1919S penny how much is it?

  13. Anonymous says:


    Yesterday, I have found 1969 lincoln cent, but it was minted by letter “D”. How much is worth?
    if you are interested,kindly make a response if you are interested.
    I am willing to post a picture if it is needed!

    I’m here in Philippines!

    James Paulo!

  14. Gary says:

    I have just found at my grandads house a 1969s lincon cent and a 1972d lincon cent both in great condition. How much are these worth and would anyone be interested in making me a offer.
    Im located in melbourne australia.

    Regards Gary

  15. Nico says:

    Is there any significance to a 1969 s penny with a squashed “s” mint mark?

  16. Karen says:

    My sister found a 1969 penny that is double died, with an s on it. How do we go about making sure this is the real thing. And the value. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  17. Hannah says:

    I was going through my wallet looking at all the coins I had when I went to this website to see if I had any valuable coins. I saw the picture above and remembered that I had one just like it, but it says 1968 instead of 1969. It has a S on just like the one above so I got a little confused. Is it worth the same as the one above?

    Please reply!

  18. yogita says:

    i have a similar coin n want to sell

  19. Anonymous says:

    I have one of these but it’s not In perfect condition

  20. lex says:

    I have one in good shape. How can I sell it?

  21. Carlos Cerda says:

    I have two pennies from 1945, They are magnetic and made of steel. Can you please tell where I can sell them to a good price? I’m aware that they worth a lot of money.


  22. Jodi says:

    I have a 1969 penny but it is not Cooper. What is this?

  23. edith says:

    yes i have that penny

  24. jose.guzman says:

    i just found one and some other old coins laying in a old barn selvtop in escalon ca,

  25. mohammed riyaz says:

    yes I have this coin

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