The year 2012 was a landmark one for the U.S. Mint as the mint mark on the 2012 D penny was added to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the Philadelphia Mint. Mint employees suggested the change, but officials went ahead with it without enacting any new laws. Although minor changes like mint marks aren’t subject to federal approval, compositions, designs, and inscriptions do. If you’re interested in collecting 2012-D cents, you should be prepared to pay top dollar for them.
However, not all of these coins are valuable. While 2012 pennies are a valuable investment, some are not. Depending on the grade, you could find a valuable mistake or error. You should also pay attention to damage as it can diminish the value of the coin. If the dies are misaligned, the coin will miss some of the design. A 10%-off-center 2012 penny, for instance, may only be worth $5 to $10. If you find a double-died 2012 penny with 50 percent-off-center strike, it can be worth as much as $100 or more.
Although the D-marked 2012 penny is the least valuable among the Lincoln Shield series, it is still worth a premium for those looking to invest in these coins. In MS-65 and above, 2012-D Lincoln Shield Cents will be worth around $0.33. If you’re interested in investing in the Lincoln Shield series, you may want to seek a higher grade of 2012-D coins. If you are interested in finding out the melt value of your 2012-D penny, you can check out the prices of similar coins and coin graders.
The 1992 Close AM coin, on the other hand, could be worth up to $20k, and a used one might fetch $50-$100 depending on its condition. A clean coin in mint condition could be worth up to $500, while a used one could go for as little as $75. You might even be able to find a coin worth up to $200 in mint condition. In addition, the doubling is most noticeable on the reverse of the coin, especially in the words ‘ONE CENT’ and ‘E PLURIBUS UNUM’.