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1964 yellow penny

by Cynthia
(Las Vegas, Nevada)

Question: I have a 1964 yellow penny with no mint mark, front and back are slightly different than a normal penny. How rare is this penny? Should I have a collector look at it?

My Answer: Without seeing the penny or knowing what you mean by "slightly different than a normal penny", it is impossible for me to answer your question.

The yellow color could be caused by many different things.

  • 1. The penny could be fake.

  • 2. There could have been some sort of chemical reaction that altered the color. Many coins tone in some pretty amazing ways.

  • 3. Someone has coated the penny with something for whatever reason.

  • 4. The chemical composition of the metal that was used to make the coin was just off a little.

You could take it to a local dealer/collector in your area for a more definite answer.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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Aug 12, 2011
Yellow Penny
by: Blake Barr

Did you ever find out more about this coin? I also have a 1964 yellow penny with no mint mark. The yellow color appears to be a plating over a steel-like metal.

Oct 30, 2012
Wired penny?
by: Anonymous

I receive as change a yellow penny a1964 with no marking ? any information will be great! .....Newark ,nj

Mar 29, 2014
any info??

I also have a 1964 yellow penny with no mint mark. I tried to research, and found myself here after ya'all. All I know is that is not magnetic, and since there appear to be more then three that I now know of I doubt they are fake, I know mine is not coated over any different traditional copper. it seems to be solid yellow. and i'm sure change gets around it's just a lil weird that there is not much info on these coins. If any of you have found anything about them, or have had them valued I would like to read about it. i'd be glad to come back with any findings myself.

Dec 06, 2014
yellow 1964 Penny
by: Anonymous

I too have found a 1964 D penny. I was wondering if it is brass plated.

Apr 16, 2015
1964 yellow penny
by: Anonymous

I also have received a yellow penny. It is solid and not plated. Has anyone found any info?

Feb 08, 2016
yellow penny
by: Anonymous

it is an off metal error , a planchet that was intended to be a foreign coin ( US minted coins for other countries ) extreemly valuable - if its not fake, possible Ireland blank , Australia, or albania area

Feb 08, 2016
yellow penny
by: Anonymous

yellow penny Extremely valuable

Feb 08, 2016
yellow penny
by: Anonymous

planchet intended for peru

Feb 08, 2016
yellow penny
by: Anonymous

and possibly peru planchet

Aug 10, 2016
i have one too
by: Anonymous

I have one also it cant just be a coincidence

Oct 04, 2016
Brass penny? NEW
by: Anonymous

I just found one today...64 no mm...the copper layer is rubbed off in places and exposed the solid yellow core

Nov 25, 2016
Heating and Cooling Mississauga NEW
by: elvis

I am very glad to see this post i really appreciate this post thanks for share this information.

Nov 28, 2016
Heating and Cooling Mississauga NEW
by: elvis

This is very helpful thanks for sharing this post.

Dec 03, 2016
Lincon cent NEW
by: Anonymous

I have Lincon cent 1964 color gold the weight is 2.2

Feb 06, 2017
Yellow Penny NEW
by: OKCOkie

Here it is 2/17, and I too received a "yellow" 1964 nmm penny in pocket change. Looked it over with a 20X magnifier and could see no plating, rubbings or anything to indicate the metal was any other color than what it is.....53+years from date of minting and this oddity shows up. I know this is the coin collecting guide for beginners Web site, but I've been collecting over 20 years and this is a first....

Jun 03, 2017
My 1964 yellow penny NEW
by: Anonymous

Here is the one I found. I can see that some of the gold coating has rubbed off. I don't think it's really from 1964. Did they have the technology to make this coating at that time? please click on image link to see coin.


Jun 03, 2017
Experimental Lincoln Cents NEW
by: Anonymous

Could it be the Experimental Lincoln Cent!

Copy and paste link in your address bar.
Scroll down I this one "1964 Experimental SMS Cent" looks to be the coin we are asking about.

Feb 21, 2018
Possible sale NEW
by: Vicki

I have been holding 1964 delaware mint lincon yellow or gold plated pennie for almost 20 years. please text me at 1 425 321 9410. my name is Vicki , text only at first serious inquires only..Have a great day:)!

Apr 01, 2018
Brass pennies NEW
by: Anonymous

I have 2 of the 64 pennies. 1 has a mint mark D and 1 with no mark. Both are great condition and bright.

Dec 13, 2018
1964 yellow penny
by: Anonymous

I found a yellow penny myself.How would you know if it's on a wrong planchet

Mar 16, 2019
by: JCS


May 17, 2019
1964 Delaware mint yellow/gold coloring
by: Anonymous

I have a yellow/ Gold 1964 Delaware mint penny

Jun 26, 2019
1964 yellow/gold penny
by: Anonymous

I have a 1964 yellow/gold penny that has been in my mother's coins for decades. It too is slightly different. Very detailed. Lincoln's neck is more precise, less circular from bowtie to beard, compared to standard 1964. Chin beard is longer. And on the reserve, there is only one dot after the "E" before "Pluribus" as opposed to a colon, or two dots, on a regular 1964 penny. Another coin site guy said it was plated by someone but I do not think so. It is not shiny, either. More matte finish. Please advise!

Jul 16, 2019
Yellow penny NEW
by: Anonymous

My friend`s Mom had a 1964 yellow Lincoln cent that he found after her passing. I have searched web- wide and this is the only site with any info at all... I don`t have much faith in my local appraiser so I shall venture to find a reputable fellow. This coin is slightly larger than a typical penny with extra fine details and the letters TRUST being truncated on the obverse. What throws me off is a slight rise or knob at what would be the top of the coin, raising the possibility of it being a birth charm or necklace piece. Were there any companies authorized by the U.S. Government to mint false coins for jewelry?If this is an authentic planchet error there is no record of it in coin values.

Feb 09, 2020
1954 yellow
by: Anonymous

Mine is 1954,looks completely uncirculated. However, it has this crazy yellowish color.

Sep 18, 2020
Me too Sept,18 2020
by: Anonymous

I have a1964 no mint mark also.l found it in pocket change two years ago. Going to take a chance and send it in to Pcgs and cross my fingers.

Oct 27, 2020
Why always 1964 NEW
by: Lynn

I have a yellow 1964 penny also. Someone suggested that in chemistry class it is common to change the appearance to brass by heating copper with zinc. But I question why all chemistry classes would have only 1964. If anyone finds out more, I hope you will post it on this site.

Oct 27, 2021
yellow penny NEW
by: Anonymous

I have an 1964 D yellow penny.i had it analyzed and it was 86% copper compared to a 2014 penny that was tested for comparison it was only 48% copper.

Jan 15, 2022
1964 gold penny NEW
by: Anonymous

I just found a yelloe/gold today.

Jun 22, 2022
6/22/22 1964 Gold Lincoln Penny MI
by: Anonymous

I found a gold 1964 penny today on the ground in MI.

Aug 24, 2022
Gold 1964 Penny
by: Anonymous

I too have found a 1964 light gold penny with no MM. Its in near mint condition and I gave also found no information on it.

Oct 03, 2022
1964 penny
by: Guy

I have found one also, just wondering if your is magnetic also. It has no mint mark 1964 and easily is picked up with a magnet. Never made into a piece of jewelry and is goldish/yellow without any blemishes. Great shape.

Dec 27, 2022
1964 gold/yellow coin
by: Jason

So I just found one…so what’s the deal with this penny?? Anyone find out if it’s worth money or exactly what it is yet??? Please let me know Any information you might have on it you can also text me at 843-412-9551 thank you very much!

Mar 19, 2023
1964 Yellow/Goldish Penny NEW
by: Anonymous

Like everyone else I have a 1965 no markings penny that is yellowish/goldish. I had this for many years and have no idea if it's worth anything, would love to know.

Jul 21, 2023
1964 nmm yellow Lincoln cent
by: Anonymous

I found the same 1964 yellow penny - Lincoln cent. It is not tarnished and is more yellow than gold. You can see copper on the edges and the date / devices when light hits it right. It isn't worn and looks made with a coating but yet one that isn't coming off. Almost looks brass. It isn't gold. It is strange that it has lots of fine lines on it like scratches in motion as though it may have been cleaned - not sure if it was made that way or not. But is it yellow for sure. And it is a 1964 with no mint mark. So it must be something made different not plated post production. I'm guessing it's brass.

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