5 Copper Coins Worth Money

The combination of “copper” and “penny” might not seem like the best formula for valuable coins considering that you can find higher denominations in gold and silver. But finding the right copper coin could make you a millionaire. 

The value in copper coins, as in all coins, is based partly on scarcity and partly on conditions. Rare coins that contain minting errors or other unique features tend to bring high prices, as do coins that are in mint or near-mint condition. 

1943 Wheat Penny 

The CoinValue website calls this the “rarest and most valuable wheat penny with an error.” It holds the record for the most expensive sale among wheat pennies at $1.7 million, though it is valued at $2.3 million in uncirculated mint condition.

1982-D Lincoln Penny 

This is a rare coin for a couple of reasons. First, it contains errors involving numbers. Prices range from $10,000 to $30,000 and more.

1909-S VDB Lincoln Penny

In 1909, the U.S. Mint replaced the Indian Head penny with the Lincoln cent, according to The Spruce Crafts.This penny is currently valued at more than $117,000 in top condition.

1872 Indian Head Penny

What makes certain coins of this date rare are their “exceptional condition,” according to The Spruce Crafts. These coins are valued at $126,500 in particularly excellent condition 

1969-S Lincoln Penny-Doubled Die Obverse

Here is another coin valued at $126,500 (at least, in MS-64 condition) — and most of that value is due to doubling on the date and lettering on the obverse.

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