Friday, January 25, 2013

1961 Lincoln Memorial Cent

Have an older cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment

This follows my self imposed rule about saving common cents that are 50 years or older. Yes it is normal and holds no extra value above metal content but it is becoming more difficult to find.


The 50+ years rule was set up because that is a good round number where things start to become classics. Even with coins it is a good time to set them aside because they get more scarce each year that passes. Back when I did the Cent Project challenge I found out that the 1961 cent from Philly only made up 0.24% of my finds.

Between 1959-2012 there are about 133 different U.S. cents to reasonable collect. The most common I found are 1994 (3.80%) and 1989 (3.95%) not surprisingly because these were minted in high amounts, also they are recent coins. Older coins were made in lower amounts and thanks to natural loss and hoarders they are seen less in change each year.

Should you bother doing the same? Probably not it would be wiser to buy one high quality graded example.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1961
Mintage: 753,345,000
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Zinc
Value: $0.02 in G-4

Do you have a cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you. 

16 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Anonymous said...

2011 1 Real
2011 50 Centavos
2009 10 Centavos
2008 25 Centavos
1999 Cayman Islands 10 Cent
1997 Bermuda 5 Cent
1994 10 Centavos
1989 East Caribbean States 1 Dollar Coin
1981 East Caribbean States 5 Cent
1980 Helvetia 1/2 Franc

1977 Republic of Venezuela 1 Bolivar
1971 British 2 "New" Pence

1966 Japanese 1 Yen

All very fine or better condition, sorry for long post

Man said...

2011 1 Real
2011 50 Centavos
2009 10 Centavos
2008 25 Centavos

--What countries?


1999 Cayman Islands 10 Cent about $0.10
1997 Bermuda 5 Cent about $0.05

1994 10 Centavos
-- What country?

1989 East Caribbean States 1 Dollar Coin
--Recheck year?

1981 East Caribbean States 5 Cent about $0.02
1980 Helvetia 1/2 Franc about $1.00

1977 Republic of Venezuela 1 Bolivar about $0.10
1971 British 2 "New" Pence about $0.05

1966 Japanese 1 Yen about $0.02

Anonymous said...

The Real and centavos are from Brazil, all of them are in extremely fine condition
The east caribbean states coin is definitely from 1989, it has a ship on one side and queen elizabeth the second on the other side.

Man said...

1989 East Caribbean States 1 Dollar Coin about $0.50

2011 1 Real about $0.50
2011 50 Centavos about $0.25
2009 10 Centavos about $0.10
2008 25 Centavos about $0.25
1994 10 Centavos about $0.15

Amy Vaughn said...

I have a 1936 lincoln wheat back penny that I was told was a Double die. A man at a pawn shop told me it was maybe worth $1000. How can I tell for sure if it is double died? Also could it be worth $1000 or more?

Man said...

1936 lincoln wheat back penny that I was told was a Double die

How can I tell for sure if it is double died?
--Check out this link...
1936 Doubled
Look around and compare pictures.

Also could it be worth $1000 or more?
-Only in high grade like new mint state, if circulated expect $100.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1932 wheat penny. How much is it worth?

Anonymous said...

I have a 1952 half dollar with Benjamin franklin on the front and the liberty bell on the back. How much is it worth?

Anonymous said...

I have a 1964 and 1965 half dollars silver. They have JFK on the front and the seal on the back. How much are they worth?

Anonymous said...

I have a 1964 silver quarter. How much is it worth?

Man said...

1932 wheat penny about $1.50 in good

Man said...

1952 half dollar about $14.00

Man said...

half dollars silver
1964 about $12.00
1965 about $5.00

Man said...

1964 silver quarter about $6.00

Jack Wilson - Recruiting Rockstar said...

I have a 1992 D Lincol Cent (not wheat). The coin is larger in diameter than a normal penny, the color is somewhat of a tarnished silver, and I'm unsure of the weight. I have a picture I can share too - feel free to email me to discuss further. Jack.Wilson48@gmail.com

Man said...

1992 D Lincol Cent (not wheat). The coin is larger in diameter than a normal penny, the color is somewhat of a tarnished silver, and I'm unsure of the weight.

Sounds like a squished cent, with the copper plating removed.

It needs to be weighed with a 0.01 gram scale.