The Difference Between a Key and Semi-Key Lincoln Cent Collection

If you’re thinking of buying or selling Lincoln cents for profit, you are likely doing all the research you can before making a deal. After all, this is your first venture into the metals market, and you’re wary of being “taken in” by disreputable merchants.

You should know that there are many different things that can affect the value of your coin collection. The top tier includes so-called “key” coins—those that are the rarest (and often most expensive) in a series.

The top five “key” Lincoln pennies include:

  • 1909-S
  • 1909 S V.D.B.
  • 1914-D
  • 1922 (no mintmark)
  • 1931-S

The next tier includes “semi-key” coins: those that are still scarce, but not as rare as those in the first tier. In most cases, these coins have specific date/mintmark combinations that are very difficult to find. Semi-key Lincoln cents include:

  • 1910-S (valued up to $225)
  • 1911-D (valued up to $550)
  • 1911-S (valued up to $2,000)
  • 1912-D (valued up to $500)
  • 1912-S (valued up to $150)
  • 1913-D (valued up to $550)
  • 1913-S (valued up to $750)
  • 1914-S (valued up to-$1,500)
  • 1915-S (valued up to $1,750)
  • 1922-D (valued up to $375)
  • 1924-D (valued up to $1,000)
  • 1926-S (valued up to $1,750)
  • 1931-D (valued up to $200)
  • 1932 (valued up to $50)
  • 1932-D (valued up to $75)
  • 1933-D (valued up to $75)

Even if you are lucky enough to find one of these Lincoln cents, the overall value will depend on the grade. To get a FREE coin appraisal from our certified coin grader, call (877) 795-9585 today or fill out the quick contact form on this page.