Pennies Worth a Fortune: 10 Rare U.S. Cents Surpassing Face Value

1943 Copper Penny

Due to a wartime metal shortage, most pennies were made of steel, making the few copper ones from this year extremely valuable.

1955 Doubled Die Lincoln Penny

This error coin features noticeable doubling on the date and inscriptions, making it highly sought after by collectors.

1909-S VDB Lincoln Wheat Penny

The initials of the designer (V.D.B.) on the reverse make this limited mintage coin especially valuable.

1922 No-D Lincoln Wheat Penny

A rare error where the Denver mint mark was omitted, creating a highly collectible piece.

1972 Doubled Die Obverse Lincoln Penny

This coin shows clear doubling on the obverse elements, making it a rare find.

1992 Close AM Reverse Lincoln Penny

A rare variety where the letters "A" and "M" in "AMERICA" on the reverse are almost touching.

1983 Double Die Reverse Lincoln Penny

Known for doubling on the reverse inscriptions, this error coin is a collector's favorite.

1999 Wide AM Reverse Lincoln Penny

The opposite of the Close AM variety, with a noticeable gap between the "A" and "M" in "AMERICA."

1969-S Doubled Die Obverse Lincoln Penny

Features dramatic doubling on the obverse, making it one of the most famous error coins.

1944 Steel Lincoln Wheat Penny

In contrast to the 1943 copper penny, a few 1944 pennies were mistakenly struck on steel planchets, making them rarities.