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Common 1999 Pennies Are Worth Up To $4,500

Years ago, the penny used to be much more valuable, and just one cent could even buy you something like a piece of candy. These days though, it's fallen out of favor. Many people don't want the copper coins in their change jars and plenty of folks wouldn't even bend over to pick one up off the street. There's even talk of getting rid of the one cent coin, which actually costs more to produce than it is worth. However, it turns out some pennies are much more valuable than one cent, and you might have one in your pocket right now.

TikToker @the_coin_guy shared a video about one such penny. It's from 1999 and could be worth $4,500 thanks to a little-known error on it. What you want to look for is a 1999 penny with no mint mark, which means no letter under the year on the heads side. As for the tails side, that's where you have to look closely. If there is a space between the "A" and the "M" in the word "America" as it appears in "United States Of America," then you've got a penny worth a lot more than one cent!

The Coin Guy explained the spacing is called the "wide A-M error" and recently, someone with a penny in very mint condition that had the error sold it for $4,583.

That doesn't mean you can't score big too though. The Coin Guy said, "Don't lose hope because these pennies can still be found in really high grade in circulation." Even ones that aren't close to pristine condition are still selling for $160.

You can see other coins that are worth more than face value by following The Coin Guy.