1982 D Lincoln Memorial Cent Small Cents : Zinc - Large Date

Copper Plated Zinc Penny

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: Denver

Designer - Engraver: Frank Gasparro
Metal Composition: 97.5% Zinc - 2.5% Copper after 1982

Diameter: 19 mm
Mass / Weight: 2.5 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1982 D Large Date Zinc Lincoln Memorial Cent Penny
Depicted above is the 97.5% zinc composite 1982 D Large Date Lincoln Memorial Cent (Penny).

The Mint produced two major varieties of the 1982 Lincoln Memorial Cent (Penny). One had a large date and the other had a small date. In addition: the metal composition changed from a more expensive 95% copper penny to a cheaper 97.5% zinc composite penny that is now presently being produced. The only difference is the weight of the coin and the size of the dates. Depicted below is an example image comparison of the small date vs large date 1982 penny. Note that the "82" is level with the preceding "1" and the arrow depicts more space within the 2 with the smaller date. The small date numbers were also "slimmer" as opposed to the "fatter" numbers of the large date. Click the image to enlarge:

1982 Large Date vs Small Date - Difference and Comparison

Pre-1982 copper pennies are popular among bullion investors because their composition is 95% copper and their value is worth more than twice the 1 cent face value:
Click here to view the "melt down" value of pre-1982 copper pennies and other US copper coins
Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
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About Uncirculated

MELT VALUE: $0.0140

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