Top 12 Rare Pennies from the Twentieth Century

Apr 04, 2024

The 1909-S VDB penny is one of the most sought-after coins among collectors. It features the initials of its designer, Victor David Brenner.

1909-S VDB Penny

The 1914-D penny is a rare coin known for its strong strike and crisp details. Only a few thousand were minted, making it highly valuable.

1914-D Penny

The 1922 No D Strong Reverse penny is a rare error coin without a visible mintmark. It is highly sought-after by collectors.

1922 No D Strong Reverse Penny

The 1931-S penny is a low-mintage coin from the Great Depression era. Its scarcity and historical significance make it a prized collectible.

1931-S Penny

The 1955 Double Die penny is a notable error coin with doubled and distorted images. It is considered one of the most famous and valuable U.S. pennies.

1955 Double Die Penny

The 1969-S Doubled Die penny is another error coin with distinct doubling of letters and numbers. It is highly coveted by coin collectors.

1969-S Doubled Die Penny

The 1972 Double Die penny is a rare variety with noticeable doubling on the obverse. It is a favorite among die-hard penny enthusiasts.

1972 Double Die Penny

The 1982-D Small Date copper penny is a transitional error coin in the switch from copper to zinc composition. It is highly valued by collectors.

1982-D Small Date Copper Penny

The 1990 No S Lincoln cent is a rare proof coin without a proper mintmark. It is considered a modern numismatic treasure.

1990 No S Lincoln Cent

The 1995 Doubled Die Obverse penny is a scarce coin with significant doubling on the front. It is a standout in any rare penny collection.

1995 Doubled Die Obverse Penny

The 1999 Wide AM penny is a minor variety with a wider spacing between the letters AM in 'AMERICA.' It is a favorite among modern penny collectors.

1999 Wide AM Penny

The 2004 Wisconsin Extra Leaf High and Low penny is a unique coin with extra leaf errors. It has gained popularity in recent years.

2004 Wisconsin Extra Leaf High and Low Penny