1976 Lincoln Penny

Last updated: June, 01 2024

The 1976 Penny in MS-65 condition has been selling for $16.00 based off recent sales. This coin on average however will sell for $2.75. Lower end specimens are only fetching 20 cents, likely being sold to and by hobbyist looking to finish up a book set or loose collection.

1976 Lincoln Penny
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  • Year: 1976
  • Mint Mark: No mint mark
  • Type: Lincoln Penny
  • Price: 20 cents-$16.00+
  • Face Value: 0.01 USD
  • Produced: 4,674,292,000
  • Edge: Smooth

Notes: Nothing out of the ordinary to make a mental note of this year. The 1976 1c was minted at all 3 mints, Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. All proofs were issued at San Francisco. There are conditional rarities in the form of a lack of ms-68 red 1976 pennies, and back in 2016 one sold for more than $3,000 USD.

Key Points to Remember

  1. Minted at P, D, S
  2. Proofs minted in San Francisco
  3. Limited high end MS-68 Red - one sold for $3K plus in 2016
  4. Error are readily found.
  5. Red is most coveted Color (RD)

Important Facts to Remember

Off Center Error $20-$220

1976 Off Center Error

When a planchet is struck off center this error occurs. These appear to be fairly common this year. The coins value appears to be just as tied to color and condition as too error itself.

Die Break Error $30-$120

1976 Die Break Error

When a broken or cracked die strikes a planchet it makes this error.

Lamination Errors $20-$120

1976 1c Lamination Error

Lamination errors appear to be selling for between $20-$120. Generally these occur when a defective planchet creates a surface imperfection. The upper layer can usually be seen flaking away or there can be a rough surface.

1976 MS-68 Record Sale $3,760

1968 MS-68 Red Rare Coin

In 2016 on Aug 10th Heritage Auctions, auctioned off a 1976 MS-68 Red coin, one of just 2 known to exist at the time, and it sold for $3,760

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Admin : Updated prices and all details. Most every aspect of this coin now detailed. Posted: June 1, 2024 9:53 am

Price Chart

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

Values are for the 1976 RD Lincoln Cent. When it comes to copper pennies color matters almost as much as grade.

  • Grade MS61 = $2-$3
  • Grade MS62 = $3-$5
  • Grade MS63 = $6-$10
  • Grade MS64 = $9-$15
  • Grade MS65 = $14-$23
  • Grade MS66 = $25-$41
  • Grade MS67 = $53-$88
  • Grade MS68 = $2,400-$4,000

Values are for the 1976 RB (red brown) Lincoln Cent. These are worth slightly less than the reds.

  • Grade MS62 = $2-$3
  • Grade MS63 = $2-$4
  • Grade MS64 = $5-$9
  • Grade MS65 = $9-$15
  • Grade MS66 = $19-$31

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How much is a 1976 Lincoln Penny worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 20 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $16 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 1976, 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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