1962 D Lincoln Penny

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1962 D Lincoln Penny in average condition to be worth 25 cents, while one in mint state could be valued around $32.00. - Last updated: January, 07 2024

1962 D Lincoln Penny
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  • Year: 1962
  • Mint Mark: D
  • Type: Lincoln Penny
  • Price: 25 cents-$32.00+
  • Face Value: 0.01 USD
  • Produced: 1,793,148,000
  • Edge: Smooth

Notes: 3.2 million proofs issued and they are worth around $1.75 each, and they are nice an shiny. While the 1962 D and P (no mint mark) Pennies are not extremely coveted in higher MS-65 conditions and above they are commonly valued at $15-$30 if certified. As with all pennies minted in the United States RD (red) is the most sought after color, with RB, and then BN being last.

1962 Penny Basic Facts

Minted at both the Denver (D), and Philadelphia (no mint mark).

1962 1C

Small and Large Date mint marks are circulating, be sure to collect them all.

Production Numbers

  • 606 million - 1962 Pennies
  • 1.79 billion - 1962 D Pennies

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Are 1962 Pennies Copper?

Yes, Pennies minted in 1962 are indeed copper, with the mint making the big change to zinc mid year in 1982.

Are there any 1962 Penny Errors?

Yes there are a few to look out for and they are...

Penny Errors from 1962

  • Struck on 10c Planchet - 1962 penny was struck on a 10c silver dime planchet from that year by mistake.
  • Re-struck on Dime - Like the error above but not on a 10c planchet, instead on an actual fully created dime.
  • Struck on Philippine Centavos Planchet Struck on the planchet that is supposed to be used instead for a Philippine centavo.
  • Double Struck / Rotated When a penny is re-struck and it has also been rotated. You can see in the example provided that the letter and number combo 1962 D is present 2x.
  • Off Center Strike A very common error across all years and denominations. Off center strikes occur when a die hits the intended planchet off center.
  • Struck Through Both a common struck through and struck through what appears to be a staple included as examples. When a foreign object is sandwiched between the die and its intended target the planchet, a struck through error occurs. In the example of the staple above the object was actually embedded into the copper penny/planchet.


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How much is a 1962 D Lincoln Penny worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 25 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $32 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1962, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].

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Specs & Design

This coin has a total mass of 2.5 g, a diameter of 19.05 mm, and a thickness of 1.52 mm. It's edge is Smooth, and the coins are composed of 95% Copper Pre 1982, 97.5% Zinc, 2.5% Copper after 1982.

Designer: Victor D. Brenner (obv), Lyndall Bass (rev)

Front (Obverse): The obverse or front of this coin contains the bust of President Lincoln the 16th president of the United States. The words In God We Trust are engraved in an arching manner on the top most portion of this coin. The date is present along with the mint mark. If the mark is missing the coin was issued from the Philadelphia mint. With the exception of 2017 P, the only year to contain a P mint mark to honor the 225th anniversary of the United States Mint.

Back (Reverse): The reverse of this coin has been described as Lincoln Memorial design. Nice clean lines on the steps and buildings are important for a decent grade. The Lincoln Memorial replaced the reverse after the last Wheat Cent was issued in 1958.

Most Valuable

The most valuable Lincoln Penny's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

Image Year Mint Worth
Lincoln Penny 1982 $55
Lincoln Penny 1967 $50
Lincoln Penny 1975 $45
Lincoln Penny 1959 D $40
Lincoln Penny 1962 D $32
Lincoln Penny 1975 D $30
Lincoln Penny 1982 D $30
Lincoln Penny 2002 D $30
Lincoln Penny 1962 $29
Lincoln Penny 1961 $28
Lincoln Penny 1961 D $27
Lincoln Penny 2002 $27
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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