1976 pennies.. No mint mark.

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by sven, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. sven

    sven New Member

    I bought a liberty bell glass coin jar full of pennies for 50cents at the thrift store.

    Many of the pennies are 1976's with no mint marks with paper on the back, as if somsone was collecting them.

    Is there anything special about 1976 pennies with no mint marks? Hmm.

    Probably not, but just checking before I take them to coinstar.

    $3.50 in pennies for 50 cents, that's a "win" right there regardless...
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  3. FreakyGarrettC

    FreakyGarrettC Wise young snail

    Now I need to buy a envelope full of 700 bucks for 100. lol

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    It means they were minted at Philly - Philly cents don't have mint marks.
  5. Moustan

    Moustan New Member

    What does a D underneath the date stand for? I'd assume Denver or Detroit (the only large american places with D that I know) but my knowledge on US coinage is non-existant unfortunately.
  6. tonylynch

    tonylynch RMO Collector

    D is for Denver. Also, S for San Francisco (Currently for Proofs, though prior to 1975 it produced circulating coinage).
  7. Matthew Hallock

    Matthew Hallock New Member

    I have a 1976 penny with no mint mark. And it's steel. It sticks to a magnet. Anyone know the possible value? Its almost in perfect condition.
  8. Matthew Hallock

    Matthew Hallock New Member

    I have a 1976 penny. Its steel I'm guessing, because it's silverish colored. No mint mark. And almost perfect condition. And sticks to a magnet. Any value?
  9. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    Could you post an image of each side? Welcome to CT.
  10. Matthew Hallock

    Matthew Hallock New Member

    Yes. I have to figure out how to post pictures.
  11. Matthew Hallock

    Matthew Hallock New Member

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  13. Matthew Hallock

    Matthew Hallock New Member

    It says "FG" on the right side of the steps. He's Frank Gasparro. He engraved the bicentennial '76 coins.
  14. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    My first thought is that the coin has been plated with something magnetic after it left the mint. It's also possible that the coin was struck on the wrong metal but I'm not up to speed on that.
  15. Matthew Hallock

    Matthew Hallock New Member

    I read up on it and apparently some were struck on the bicentennial planckets on accident. I'm not sure how to spell the last word. There was a big investigation in '74 over pennies like this. But the fbi found no criminal activity was involved so they closed the case in '76.
  16. AnonymousCoinCollector

    AnonymousCoinCollector Reintroduce silver coins to circulation!

    99.999999% chance you have a plated penny. Meaning it is PMD and is worth 1 cent.

    On the off chance you have some rare find, no one will believe you or pay a premium unless it is authenticated by a Professional Grading Service such as PCGS. So, if you honestly believe you have something special, pay to get it graded.

    In my opinion, its a plated penny. Worth one cent.
  17. Cheryl Lucas

    Cheryl Lucas New Member

    1976 penny has no mark on it
  18. frankjg

    frankjg Well-Known Member

    Did you read the thread?
  19. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Minted in Philadelphia so no mintmark as stated earlier.
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