- Year: 1982
- Mint Mark: No mint mark
- Type: Lincoln Penny
- Price: 1 cent-$55.00+
- Face Value: 0.01 USD
- Produced: 10,712,525,000
- Edge: Smooth
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
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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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 $3 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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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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