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.): The US Mint produced two major varieties of the 1996 Lincoln Memorial Cent (Penny). The most common variety for 1996 is the close "AM" variety. Although the one shown above is the rarer wide "AM" variety.
The close "AM" meant that the letters "A" and "M" were very close and almost touching while the wide "AM" had the two letters separated much more. In Addition: The initials "FG" was closer to the Lincoln Memorial Building on the wide "AM" variety and it was further away on the close "AM" variety. The difference between the close "AM" and wide "AM" varieties is shown in the example image below. Click the image to enlarge:
Coin Value Chart: Typical Coin Prices, Values and Worth in USD based on Grade/Condition