Penny Pinching Pays Off:  5 Copper Coins That Could Be Worth a Fortune 

13th March, 2024


What Makes a Copper Coin Valuable? 

Year: Older coins (especially pre-1982 when they were solid copper) are generally more valuable. Rarity: Limited production runs or accidental variations make coins more collectible. Mint Errors: Doubled dies, missing mint marks, etc., increase the value. Condition: The less wear and tear, the more valuable the coin.

1943 Copper Wheat Penny

Why It's Special: Most 1943 pennies were made of steel due to WWII. A few rare copper ones exist and are highly valuable. How to Spot It: It'll stick to a magnet (steel pennies do, copper ones don't!)

1955 Doubled Die Obverse Wheat Penny

Why It's Special: An error where the die was struck twice, creating a "ghost" image of the design, especially noticeable in "LIBERTY" and the date. How to Spot It: Look for clear doubling on the front (obverse) of the coin.

1982-D Small Date Copper Penny

Why It's Special: In 1982, the Denver Mint mistakenly used some copper blanks when switching from copper to zinc. These are much rarer than the standard zinc version. How to Spot It: Look for a smaller, thinner date on a 1982-D penny. You may need a magnifying glass to differentiate it.

1969-S Doubled Die Obverse

Why It's Special: A striking doubled die error gives the text and image a pronounced "ghost-like" layered effect. How to Spot It: The doubling is quite prominent, especially on the front (obverse) of the coin's design.

1909-S VDB Indian Head Cent

Why It's Special: Designer Victor David Brenner's initials (VDB) were initially prominent but caused controversy. They were removed shortly after production began. How to Spot It: Look for the "VDB" initials on the reverse (tail side) under the wreath. The 'S' mint mark confirms its San Francisco mint origin.