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What are some valuable Lincoln pennies?

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Prior to the year 2010, the U.S. penny featured a portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the front and the Lincoln Memorial on the reverse. From 1909 to 1959, the reverse side of the penny featured the words "one cent' in prominent letters flanked by two stalks of wheat. Wheat pennies are generally more prized than the memorial pennies, but excepting very old or irregular pennies, they are not particularly valuable.

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There are some rare pennies that are worth a lot to coin collectors. According to About.com, a 1914 D wheat penny might bring $3,800 in uncirculated condition. The same coin in circulated condition might only bring $260. A rare 1922 (no D) could bring $27,000 in uncirculated condition. In September of 2012, a 1943-S penny sold for $1,000,000. The coin was one of a rare few that were struck from a bronze disk instead of zinc-plated steel in 1943. A 1955 doubled die might bring $32,000 in uncirculated condition. Its value springs from a misprinting that caused several of the letters to be struck twice. Other imperfections, such as letters being misaligned or the wrong size, can make coins valuable to collectors. A 1972 doubled die could bring $325 in uncirculated condition. In general, older coins are worth more than newer ones, and any coin showing an imperfection in the printing is likely to be more valuable than the standard version. However, condition is a key factor. Coins that show signs of wear are of significantly less value than uncirculated coins.

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    What coins are included on a list of valuable pennies?

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    As of 2014, the most valuable pennies are the 1944 steel wheat penny and the 1943 copper wheat penny; each have been known to fetch values up to $1,000,000 in excellent condition. The 1969-S Lincoln cent with a doubled die obverse and an EF-40 rating has an estimated approximate value of $35,000 and the 1970-S small date Lincoln cent with doubled die obverse has sold for as much as $3,000.

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    This question is a brain teaser; 2,007 pennies are worth 1 cent more than 2,006 pennies. A penny minted in 2007 has the same value as a penny minted in 2006 as of 2014.

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    Many U.S. quarters carry a premium over their face value because of their silver content. Among them are Washington quarters minted before 1964. Other valuable quarters include older quarters, such as the Barber quarter, minted between 1892 and 1916, and the Standing Liberty quarter, produced between 1916 and 1930. A valuable recent quarter is the special Bicentennial quarter minted from 40 percent silver.

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