Asked in Coins and Paper MoneyJohn F. KennedyAbraham LincolnUS Coins
What is the value of a Lincoln-Kennedy penny?
January 14, 2011 2:56AM
These "Lincoln Facing Kennedy" pennies were made by private
companies -- mostly in the 1970's -- that took a normal penny and
stamped a portrait of President Kennedy facing President Lincoln on
the front of the coin. They were normally attached to some kind of
card that listed the "Astonishing Coincidences" between the two
presidents. The card was usually stamped with a company name &
address, and they were often given out as an advertising gimmick by
small businesses to attract customers. You can see a list of these
"Astonishing Coincidences" here :
http:/www.workingmancoins.comHistoryLinKenFacts.jpg Dan Moore The
Working Man's Rare Coins http://www.workingmancoins.com Note that
at least some of these "coincidences" involve more than a little
stretching of historical facts.
The engraving of Kennedy was added by a third party after the coin left the Mint. These were quite common in the 60's and 70's. As such, they have little to no extra value, at least in the coin collecting world.
These novelty items sell for a dollar or two if they are attached the the card that lists the "Astonishing Coincidences" between the two presidents. Without the card, maybe a quarter. These coins are engraved or stamped with the Kennedy image after leaving the Mint. Although this modification technically does not deface the coin - it's still recognizable enough to be legal tender - the modification destroys most collectible value. Please see the many other similar questions for an explanation of how these novelty pieces are made. They have no numismatic value, I'm afraid. Most of the "amazing coincidences" are especially amazing because they stretch history more than a little bit.
It's not a Mint issue. A private company took a genuine cent and stamped Kennedy's profile on it as a novelty item. It has no numismatic value, so it was worth 1 cent yesterday, is worth that today, and will be worth that tomorrow.