Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1966 Silver Penny


I saw a post here before where a writer asked about this same coin.  The advice was to weigh the coin.  If it weighed 3.1g is was copper and worth 1 cent.  I have the same coin in near new condition and it weighs 2.0g.  There is no mint mark/letter.  Is this a rare coin?  Is there any history behind this possibility?

Hi Don,

If your penny weighs 2.0 grams, then it likely was struck on a foreign planchet -- the U.S. Mint made coins for other countries, so it's possible.  If it turns out to be true, it could be worth $100 or more.

You would need to have your coin examined first-hand by an expert, and perhaps submitted for certification.  Check the following websites for lists of shows where these certification services will be attending and will accept submissions :

I hope this helps,


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My strong familiarity with all U.S. Mint coins, extensive reference library, and close relationships with many other dealers allows me to identify just about any coin made in the USA. I receive regular updates to all the current price guides -- both wholesale & retail -- to provide accurate values. So, with a good description or pictures, I should be able to identify and value any U.S. coin you have.


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