5 Copper Coins Worth Money

The value in copper coins, as in all coins, is based partly on scarcity and partly on conditions. 

Rare coins that contain minting errors or other unique features tend to bring high prices, as do coins that are in mint or near-mint condition.

1943 Wheat Penny (Bronze Cent Strike) It holds the record for the most expensive sale among wheat pennies at $1.7 million, though it is valued at $2.3 million in uncirculated mint condition.

1982-D Lincoln Penny (Copper Small Date) Mint struck with zinc to create the error, according to CoinValue. Prices range from $10,000 to $30,000 and more.

1909-S VDB Lincoln Penny This penny is currently valued at more than $117,000 in top condition.

1872 Indian Head Penny These coins are valued at $126,500 in particularly excellent condition (the price listed is for a MS-67, or high mint state, example).

1969-S Lincoln Penny-Doubled Die Obverse Here is another coin valued at $126,500 (at least, in MS-64 condition) — and most of that value is due to doubling on the date and lettering on the obverse.