1978 D Penny

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1978 Lincoln Penny in average condition to be worth 1 cent, while one in mint state could be valued around $9.00. - Last updated: June, 10 2022

  • Year: 1978
  • Mint Mark: No mint mark
  • Type: Lincoln Penny
  • Price: 1 cent-$9.00
  • Face Value: 0.01 USD
  • Produced: 5,558,605,000
  • Edge: Smooth
  • Silver Content: 0%


1978 D Penny
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Notes: The 1978 Penny had several errors for the year. Double Strikes (Double Struck) were somewhat common this year. Double strikes look something akin to two partial coins that have been smashed together. The 1978 penny also has an error where the Penny was struck on a Dime Planchet. This means the coin was struck on a copper nickel blend and not a copper blend. These tend to look like old dimes, with a penny face. Offcenter strikes were also common this year. Off center and Double Strikes can easily be confused. Off center strikes will have a blank crescent moon or flat area on the coin without detail.


How much is a 1978 D Penny worth?

This section is more of a layman's guide, for those new to collecting.

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 1 cent, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $9 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 1978, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].


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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 1961 D $75
Lincoln Penny 1959 D $60
Lincoln Penny 1982 $45
Lincoln Penny 2006 D $35
Lincoln Penny 1961 $32
Lincoln Penny 1975 D $30
Lincoln Penny 2002 D $30
Lincoln Penny 1962 $29
Lincoln Penny 1962 D $29
Lincoln Penny 1959 $28
Lincoln Penny 2002 $27
Lincoln Penny 2005 D $25
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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What is the rarest Lincoln Penny?

Name Produced
1969 1,136,000
1998 S 2,086,000
2008 S 2,169,000
1996 S 2,525,000
2007 S 2,577,000
1997 S 2,796,000
1995 S 2,797,000
1975 S 2,845,000
1991 S 2,867,000
2004 S 2,965,000
1986 S 3,010,000
2006 S 3,054,000
1984 S 3,065,000
1978 S 3,127,000
2001 S 3,187,000
2002 S 3,211,000
1989 S 3,220,000
1977 S 3,251,000
1988 S 3,262,000
1994 S 3,269,000
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