1975 Lincoln Penny

Last updated: May, 27 2024

The 1975 Lincoln Penny is a coin that is worth around $25.00 in MS-65 Red condition but one recently sold for $9,000 in MS-68 Red condition. Scroll down to read more about that historic sale and see photos. On average, however, this coin generally sells for $8.00. There are very few instances of this coin in the higher mint states like MS-67 and MS-68, making MS-68 sales rare and typically limited to buyers with deep pockets.

1975 Lincoln Penny
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  • Year: 1975
  • Mint Mark: No mint mark
  • Type: Lincoln Penny
  • Price: 25 cents-$25.00+
  • Face Value: 0.01 USD
  • Produced: 5,451,476,000
  • Edge: Smooth


The mint was still using copper as the primary ingredient in Lincoln Cents, and would continue to do so for another 6 years.

1975 Cent Data

In terms of errors there are many to be aware of.

1975 Penny Error Guide

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1975 DDO / DDR

Off Center Double Die 1975 D and P minted double die strikes are plentiful. You can see by the image attached that Double Die strikes are most noticeable when looking at lettering. When the die strikes the coin again it creates a second copy of the coin usually slightly off center from the original die strike. 1975 d penny double die seem to be the main specimens found, but there are some from the P mint known to exist as well.

1975 10c Planchet Error

1975 10c Planchet Error PennyStruck on 10C or Dime Blank. Somehow type II planchets (ones with rims) 10c dimes, made it into the penny pile, and were struck by a 1975 die. The result is a silver looking penny. While they appear silver in color they are in fact just aluminum, as the mint ceased issuing silver dimes in 1965. There seem to be many of these floating around, and they are selling for between $200 and $600 dollars.

Die Break Error

Die Break 1975 Penny ErrorWhen the die breaks and cracks portions of it fall off, or the die crack leaves its mark on the coin. This is the case with 1C Lincoln Cents from 1975 as well. See image above for a better visual reference.

Off Center / Off Center Double Die

When a die strikes a planchet 2x, once on center and the coin is not fully ejected from the machine and then it is struck again by the automated minting process, the result is a double die off center strike.

Fold Over

1975 1c Fold Over ErrorThese errors occur when the planchet is folded over on top of itself before being struck.

Rare 1975 MS-68 Red Penny Sold

One of just three known coins of this condition and color are known to exist, and in 2018 1 1975 MS-68 Red Lincoln Penny sold for exactly $9,000 at Heritage Auctions. 1975 1c MS-68 Red Rare 1975 1c MS-68 Red

$9,000 for a 1975 Penny?

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Questions & Comments

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Anonymous: I don't have a magnifying glass, but in photos taken with my iPhone, it appears I have a double die since my Liberty looks like the picture you added. How do I sell this and get money? Posted: May 27, 2024 11:31 am

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Admin : If the coin is in MS State with nearly all features pristine it might be worth sending off to a grading company to be certain. If you are not sure if this coin is both high mint state, red or at the very least red brown, and with said double die error, I might just take the thing to a local coin shop to confirm these things. Great find! Reply posted: May 2, 2024 4:31 pm

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Anonymous: 9k for one penny, wish I was that rich Posted: May 24, 2024 2:50 pm

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Admin : Me too, video coming tomorrow for that penny by the way, check back in and learn more about it. Thanks for posting! Reply posted: May 25, 2024 7:49 pm

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 1975 Lincoln 1c coins that are RD / Red in color.

  • Grade MS61 = $2-$3
  • Grade MS62 = $4-$6
  • Grade MS63 = $6-$10
  • Grade MS64 = $8-$13
  • Grade MS65 = $11-$19
  • Grade MS66 = $14-$24
  • Grade MS67 = $75-$125
  • Grade MS68 = $6,000-$10,000

Prices are for 1975 Lincoln 1c coins that are RB / Red Brown in color.

  • Grade MS63 = $2-$3
  • Grade MS64 = $4-$6
  • Grade MS65 = $6-$10
  • Grade MS66 = $9-$15

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How much is a 1975 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 $25 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 1975, 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.