Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1985 zinc penny


1985 zinc penny with present instead of mint mark..can you tell me about this coin

Hi Judy,

This is a novelty item -- something that was done after the coin left the mint.  Somebody with a "present" stamp took a normal penny and stamped that image into it.  I don't know why they did it -- probably some kind of promotion.  It's the same kind of thing as the Lincoln facing Kennedy pennies, where an image of John F. Kennedy has been stamped onto a Lincoln penny.  Or the 50 state penny collections, where a different state image is stamped onto each penny.

You can see some examples here :

Novelty value for this is less than a dollar.

I hope this helps,


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