1982 Penny

A 1982 Penny has a value on average of $5.50, but one well worn beyond recognition will be worth just 1 cent. Serious collectors called numismatics want to buy and sell these coins in mint state, certified, and slabbed (in a hard permanent case). 1982 1C specimens professionally graded are worth about $45.00 with some specimens being worth substantially more. These coins have about 4 varieties. Small and large date, and copper and zinc versions. For a better price breakdown scroll down to see the Advanced Price List - Last updated: September, 26 2022

1982 Penny
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  • Year: 1982
  • Mint Mark: No mint mark
  • Type: Lincoln Penny
  • Price: 1 cent-$45.00+
  • Face Value: 0.01 USD
  • Produced: 10,712,525,000
  • Edge: Smooth

Notes: In 1982 there were many varieties minted. There were Large and Small Date Copper P. Large and Small Date Zinc P. As well as Large D Coppers and Large and Small D Zinc Pennies. 1982 D Small Date Coppers are the most valuable 1982 Pennies issued.

1982 Large and Small date Guide

1982 Small vs Large Date

Price Chart

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 1982 Penny as follows.

  • 1982 Large Date Bronze - Rates for Color RD when possible. Use middle range for Red Brown, and lower range for Brown.

  • Grade AU58 = $2-$3
  • Grade MS60 = $6-$5
  • Grade MS61 = $6-$10
  • Grade MS62 = $9-$15
  • Grade MS63 = $15-$25
  • Grade MS64 = $21-$35
  • Grade MS65 = $31-$51
  • Grade MS66 = $45-$75
  • Grade MS67 = $75-$125
  • Grade MS68 = $825-$1,375

  • 1982 Small Date Bronze - Rates for Color RD when possible. Use middle range for Red Brown, and lower range for Brown.

  • Grade AU55 = $2-$3
  • Grade AU58 = $2-$4
  • Grade MS60 = $9-$8
  • Grade MS61 = $9-$15
  • Grade MS62 = $11-$19
  • Grade MS63 = $17-$28
  • Grade MS64 = $21-$35
  • Grade MS65 = $38-$63
  • Grade MS66 = $68-$113
  • Grade MS67 = $600-$1,000
  • Grade MS68 = $2,100-$3,500

  • 1982 Large Date Zinc - Rates for Color RD when possible. Use middle range for Red Brown, and lower range for Brown.

  • Grade MS60 = $3-$3
  • Grade MS61 = $3-$5
  • Grade MS62 = $5-$8
  • Grade MS63 = $8-$13
  • Grade MS64 = $11-$18
  • Grade MS65 = $15-$25
  • Grade MS66 = $23-$38
  • Grade MS67 = $49-$81
  • Grade MS68 = $113-$188

  • 1982 Small Date Zinc - Need more research to provide accurate data. Prices below questionable.

  • Grade MS65 = $2-$3
  • Grade MS66 = $30-$50
  • Grade MS67 = $75-$125

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Henry H.: Thanks for such detailed information very helpful Large Date and Small date photo. Approved: 2022-10-06 20:08:53

Admin: Thanks again Henry! It's easier to decipher when you look at the year next to the mint mark as a reference. Its a littler harder when there is no mint mark. Approved: 2022-11-06 15:33:02

Johna Thurstan: How do you tell if it's zinc or brass / bronze? 1982 was a confusing year. Approved: 2022-11-06 16:12:34

Admin: Sorry for late reply Johna just saw this. The best way to tell is to weigh them with a cheap digital scale you can get off amazon or even a place like harbor freight. They will weigh 2.5g if they are zinc and 3.11g if copper. Copper will feel heavier and have a little more heft. Most coins from 1982 are going to be copper as they were using left over copper penny planchets from years past. Copper also may also have a patina as it has been oxidizing for a few decades. Hope this helps! Approved: 2022-12-05 13:53:50

How much is a 1982 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 $45 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 1982, 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 1982 $45
Lincoln Penny 1959 D $40
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 2002 $27
Lincoln Penny 1968 S $25
Lincoln Penny 2005 D $25
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
Image Name Mint Worth

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Hardest to Find

The rarest and hardest to find Lincoln Penny's Check out each link to learn more about each coin.

What is the rarest Lincoln Penny?

Name Produced
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
1983 S 3,279,000
Name Produced

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.

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