5 Rarest Pennies in the United States

The 1943-D Lincoln Bronze Cent is the rarest penny in the United States since just one of these pennies is known to exist.

 1943-D Lincoln Bronze Cent

Coins were expected to change back from steel to copper or bronze in 1944. Planchets of 1943 made of leftover zinc-coated steel were used to make the uncommon 1994 steel coins.

1944-S Lincoln Steel Penny

A handful known 1943-S bronze Lincoln Cents have brought significant prices when they were auctioned off. A 1943-S bronze Lincoln cent sold for an astounding $282,000 in 2016!

 1943-S Lincoln Cent Struck on Bronze

To manufacture ammunition for the war, the American government required all of the copper in the country during World War II.

 1943 Bronze Lincoln Penny

The unusual history of the 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse cent connects it to a number of other counterfeit coins struck that year

1969-S Doubled Die Obverse

with doubled die marks (the lettering on the front were printed twice and misplaced, creating a "shadow" look).

1969-S Doubled Die Obverse

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