1965 Lincoln Penny

Last updated: January, 08 2024

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1965 Lincoln Penny in average condition to be worth 1 cent, while one in mint state could be valued around $15.00.

1965 Lincoln Penny
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  • Year: 1965
  • Mint Mark: No mint mark
  • Type: Lincoln Penny
  • Price: 1 cent-$15.00+
  • Face Value: 0.01 USD
  • Produced: 1,497,224,000
  • Edge: Smooth


1965 Penny Basic Facts

Only minted at the Philadelphia mint this year. There are no Denver, or San Francisco specimens.

There are a plethora of error coins to be found. Error galore if you will. Please see the attached sheet to see errors.

1965 1C

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

Are 1965 Pennies Copper?

Yes, Pennies minted in 1965 are indeed copper, with the mint making the big change to zinc mid year in 1982.

Copper Penny Color Guide

Use the color guide below as a rough reference. We suggest using a third party like PCGS to designate the color in regards to higher end specimens, as the color designation may be to easily be skewed in favor of the seller.

Copper Penny Color Guide

What about Penny Errors?

Penny Errors from 1964

  • Double/Tripple Die - When the die strikes the coin planchet two or three times is spreads the planchet and leaves multiple impressions as you might expect.
  • Off Center - When planchet is struck off center by the die this is the result.
  • Struck on Dime - When a dime makes its way into the machine that creates pennies it is then restruck and both the dime and the penny are visible. This coins composiiton and weight are exactly that of a dime however.
  • Struck on 10c Planchet - Struck on a 10c silver planchet that would have normally been used for a dime.
  • Clipped Planchet - When a planchet is clipped and only a partial planchet arrives and makes contact with the die this error occurs.


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How much is a 1965 Lincoln Penny worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 1 cent, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $15 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 1965, 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 1967 $55
Lincoln Penny 1982 $55
Lincoln Penny 2000 $50
Lincoln Penny 2000 D $40
Lincoln Penny 1964 $38
Lincoln Penny 1959 D $35
Lincoln Penny 2000 S $35
Lincoln Penny 1962 D $32
Lincoln Penny 1969 $31
Lincoln Penny 1971 S $30
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
Lincoln Penny 1959 $25
Lincoln Penny 1968 S $25
Lincoln Penny 1975 $25
Lincoln Penny 1976 S $25
Lincoln Penny 2005 D $25
Lincoln Penny 1978 D $23
Lincoln Penny 1960 $22
Lincoln Penny 1960 D $22
Lincoln Penny 1971 $22
Lincoln Penny 1978 $22
Lincoln Penny 1970 S $20
Lincoln Penny 1971 D $20
Lincoln Penny 1993 D $20
Lincoln Penny 1995 $20
Lincoln Penny 1995 D $20
Lincoln Penny 1995 S $20
Lincoln Penny 1969 S $19
Lincoln Penny 1970 $19
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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***Price subject to standard supply and demand laws, dealer premiums, and other market variations. Prices represent past values fetched at online auctions, estate sales, certified coins being sold by dealers, and user submitted values. While we wholeheartedly try to give honest price estimates there are many factors besides appearance, metal content, and rarity that help make up the coins overall value. Call or visit your local coin dealer for more information.