Notes: When it comes to copper pennies only one color reigns supreme...Red (RD). Coins designated as Red by major grading services like PCGS and NGC will fetch a premium. Those with color Brown Red or RB will be worth slightly less, but still more than those just rated brown.
This section is more for experienced collectors only, and rates refer only to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If you are new to collecting the prices below may not make much sense.
Breakdown of pricing per condition for 1980 Penny as follows.
- Prices below are for coins designated as Red. Red Brown and Brown colors should have their rates reduced.
- Grade AU58 = $4-$6
- Grade MS60 = $4-$4
- Grade MS61 = $4-$6
- Grade MS62 = $5-$8
- Grade MS63 = $6-$10
- Grade MS64 = $11-$19
- Grade MS65 = $15-$25
- Grade MS66 = $26-$44
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How much is a 1980 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 $14 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 1980, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].
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Overall 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% copper 3% zinc 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.
***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.
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