1970 S Lincoln Penny

Last updated: May, 21 2024

The 1970 S Lincoln penny minted at the Denver mint is a 95% copper coin that is worth up to $20.00 in MS-65 Red condition with higher grades like MS66 and MS67 being worth even more. On average however the penny from 1970 is worth $3.50, with lower end specimens loose or in paper sleeves selling for 35 cents to collectors just looking to finish up their collection.

1970 S Lincoln Penny
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  • Year: 1970
  • Mint Mark: S
  • Type: Lincoln Penny
  • Price: 35 cents-$20.00+
  • Face Value: 0.01 USD
  • Produced: 690,560,000
  • Edge: Smooth


1970 Copper Penny Color Guide

Copper Penny Color Guide
Red is by far the most valuable. RB (red brown) is a close second.

1970 S Small Date vs Large Date

Use this guide to help differentiate between large and small date 1970 S Pennies. Also attached is Weak Liberty vs Strong Liberty

1970 S Small date vs Large Date

Key Points to Remember

  • Minted at P, D, S mints
  • S mint mark has large and small dates
  • Proofs minted at San Francisco
  • 95% copper and 5% zinc
  • Errors are common

1970 Penny Facts

1970 Penny Errors

1970 Penny Errors

A wide range of errors occur this year, weve built a quick reference of the most common below.

1970 1c Struck on a 10C Planchet Error $180-$850

Struck on 10c silver planchet This coin was struck on a 10c silver planchet in error. The price ranged from $180 all the way to $850 and appears to be set mostly by the grade of the coin as one might expect.

1970 1c Partial Collar Indent Errors $15-$80

Partial Collar Indent There appear to be an abnormal amount of partial collar and indent errors combined or separate. The are selling for between $15-$80

1970 Off Center Errors $30-$300

1970 Off Center Error As with most coins off center errors are very common. The price of 1970 1c Off Center errors is largely dictated by the coins color, grade, and severity of the off centeredness. Historical sale prices range from $30-$300.

1970 Off Center Errors $30-$225

1970 Defective Planchet Error The coin in the image is an excellent example of a defective planchet error and sold for $111 recently.

1970 Penny Quick Guide


Production Chart

Price Chart

Rates listed here refer to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If new to collecting the prices below might not make sense.

Prices are for 1970 S Lincoln Cents Large Date that are RD / RED in color Proof specimens are listed as well and when possible in same color.

  • Grade MS60 = $5-$5
  • Grade MS61 = $5-$8
  • Grade MS62 = $7-$11
  • Grade MS63 = $10-$16
  • Grade MS64 = $12-$20
  • Grade MS65 = $14-$23
  • Grade MS66 = $15-$25
  • Grade MS67 = $17-$29
  • Grade PR66 = $11-$18
  • Grade PR67 = $11-$19
  • Grade PR68 = $13-$21
  • Grade PR69 = $23-$38

Prices are for 1970 S Lincoln Cents Small Date that are RD / RED in color Small dates are considered a semi key date to remember. Small Date vs LG Date

  • Grade MS63 = $41-$69
  • Grade MS64 = $49-$81
  • Grade MS65 = $60-$100
  • Grade MS66 = $71-$119
  • Grade PR66 = $45-$75
  • Grade PR67 = $53-$88
  • Grade PR68 = $60-$100

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It's also important to note...Prices are subject to the same supply and demand laws as everything else. Coins sold at the same auction house 10x, would fetch drastically different bids each session. To raise your chances of receiving top dollar read How to Get the Most for your Coins.

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How much is a 1970 S Lincoln Penny worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 35 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $20 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 1970, 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 1964 $600
Lincoln Penny 1982 $55
Lincoln Penny 1967 $50
Lincoln Penny 1975 $45
Lincoln Penny 1959 D $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 2005 D $25
Lincoln Penny 1960 $22
Lincoln Penny 1960 D $22
Lincoln Penny 1971 $22
Lincoln Penny 1970 S $20
Lincoln Penny 1971 D $20
Lincoln Penny 1993 D $20
Lincoln Penny 1969 S $19
Lincoln Penny 1970 $19
Lincoln Penny 1970 D $19
Lincoln Penny 1969 D $18
Lincoln Penny 1968 D $16
Lincoln Penny 2006 $16
Lincoln Penny 2007 S $16
Lincoln Penny 1963 $15
Lincoln Penny 1963 D $15
Lincoln Penny 1965 $15
Lincoln Penny 1968 $15
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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.