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No one is perfect, not even the United States Mint. Errors do occur and that is what this article is all about. The Lincoln cent has been around for over a hundred years and many billions of the them have been minted. Let’s take a look at the small percentage that make it out of the mint that aren’t quite right. We will cover common errors, such as clipped planchets, defective dies, off-center strikes, and broadstrikes.
A Short History of the Lincoln Cent
Origin. 1909 marked the 100th birthday of President Lincoln. To celebrate this occasion the U.S. Mint issued a new penny to commemorate the life of this great American. The old Indian Head cent was replaced with this new design. President Teddy Roosevelt became acquainted in 1908 with Victor D. Brenner when Brenner was commissioned to prepare Roosevelt’s portrait for the Panama Canal Service Medal. Brenner had recently completed a plaque featuring a bust of President Lincoln and had discussed the work with Roosevelt. From that chance encounter the face of the U.S. cent would be changed for at least the next 100 plus years. Brenner’s design was adopted and front of the new cent featured a portrait of Abraham Lincoln with the motto “In God We Trust” on the obverse (front). The reverse (back) of the coin had the denomination and text surrounded by two ears of wheat. Thus, the coin became known as the “Wheat Cent” by collectors. The Lincoln cent was the first cent to have the “In God We Trust” motto. The designer’s initials (V.D.B) appeared on the reverse of a limited number of the 1909 cents. The newspapers railed against the designers initials being in a prominent position on the coin and the Mint gave into the negative publicity. The 1909-S (from the San Francisco mint) became the great rarity of the series with only 494,000 minted. In 1918 the designer’s initials made it back on the coin in very small print below Lincoln’s shoulder.
The Steel Cent. The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in December of 1941 thrust America into World War II. The war required the manufacture of large amounts of military equipment and ammunition. As a result of this surge in demand the copper used in cent production was diverted to military uses and the composition of the Lincoln Cent was changed from 95% copper to a composition of zinc over steel. These steel cents were produced in large quantities by the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints. After the steel cent was introduced to the public complaints began to pour in to the Treasury Department. The public thought they were ugly, they were confused with dimes, and they didn't work in certain coin operated vending machines. The steel cent was only produced in 1943 and the copper alloy cent returned in 1944.
Be aware of 1943 steel cents that have been plated with a copper coating. Unscrupulous people will try to pass off these plated coins as the 1943 ultra rare error where the cent was struck on a bronze plancet my mistake. To determine if your 1943 copper cent is made of steel or bronze, use a magnet. If the coin sticks to the magnet, you have a copper plated 1943 steel cent. If the magnet doesn't stick to the coin, take it to a coin dealer for advice. Realize that there were less than forty of the error bronze 1943 cents struck.
Clipped Planchet Error
This is probably the most noticeable type of error coin. Part of the coin has been clipped off. Normally, 10 to 25 percent of the metal has been accidentally removed in the minting process. Clipped planchets result from accidents when the steel rods used to punch out blanks from the metal strips overlap a portion of the strip already punched out. Depending on the geometry of the double punch of the blanks used to make the pennies the clipped portion of the coin can be curved, straight, elliptical, jagged, or some combination. Coins with this type of error are relatively common and usually sell for a few dollars each. Multiple clips sell for a few dollars more.
Blank Planchet Error
Before a coin gets struck with the two dies, it is just a blank disc of metal. Sometimes these blank discs, called planchets, make it out of the mint without being struck. These coin blanks come in two types, one with the rim already in place and the other type without. The rim of the coin is produced by a process that comes before the actual striking of the coin. These types of coins aren’t normally very expensive. They can be picked up for a few dollars each. You will also see these types of errors called “cuds”, especially when the extra metal is on the rim.
Defective Die Error
The coin dies take a beating during the minting process and sometimes they break. The individual running the minting press may not notice that one of the dies has become defective. A broken or defective die can produce some very odd and curious looking coins, such as a coin showing raised metal from a large die crack or small rim break. The value of this type of error strongly depends on how noticeable it is to the naked eye. Coins with small die cracks, polishing, or very minor die damage are of minimal to no value over face value. When coins exhibit very noticeable effects from the broken die then the price goes up. Price on this type of error can range from a few dollars up to $20.00.
When the blank coin or planchet is improperly centered between the two dies then only part of the coin will be struck. The coin image will imprinted on part of the coin and the rest of the planchet will remain blank. Coins with only a slight shift in the design carry little or no premium over face value. When the design is more than 20 percent off-center, and the date and mint mark are still visible, then the error coin becomes more valuable. This is one of the more common error types and they usually sell for less than $20.00.
A broadstruck error occurs when a coin is struck without the collar present. The collar is responsible for forming the coin rim that defines its shape. Broadstruck coins aren't perfectly round like most coins, don't have a well-defined rim, and are larger in diameter. Since the collar is absent in broadstruck coins, the blank may not be correctly positioned and the resulting coin may be off-center also. These types of mistakes are less common and sell for $10.00 or more. More dramatic errors on an old, high grade Lincoln carry a premium.
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Questions & Answers
Question: Does the 1982 penny have an error?
Answer: Yes, there is the 1982-D Small Date coin made with a copper planchet. Extremely rare, only a few are known. Normally the Small Date coin is made of zinc with a copper coating.
Question: I have a lot of different wheat pennies are they worth any thing?
Answer: For common date wheat cents most dealers pay two cents each and sell them for three to four cents each. Rare dates sell for a lot more.
Question: I have a 1943 wheat penny that sticks to a magnet is it worth anything?
Answer: The 1943 Wheat cents are made of steel with a zinc coating. Since your coin sticks to a magnet that is good, it probably is a real coin. The 1943-D wheat cent in circulated condition normally sells for less than 50 cents.
Question: I have a 1977 penny with a double chin. Is this of any value?
Answer: The 1977 double chin is not a standard double die coin. It is probably due to hub doubling and of little value.
Question: I have a 2001 d Lincoln cent that is magnetic and looks like a metallic gold color. What information could you share about that?
Answer: My guess is that the coin is probably not real. You might take it to a local coin dealer or a coin show to have someone knowledgeable look at the coin.
Question: I have a 1982 Lincoln cent that weighs 3.1. Is it worth anything?
Answer: In 1982, the weight and composition of the Lincoln cent changed. From 1909 until 1982 the coins were made primarily of copper and weigh 3.11 grams. In 1982 the composition changed to a zinc core with a copper coating. These coins weigh 2.5 grams. In 1982 both types of cents were struck by the mint with mintages over a billion. Your 1982 copper (3.1 grams) cent is common and only worth a cent.
Question: I found a 1957D wheat penny that is the exact size of a dime. Is it an error?
Answer: Hard to say if your 1957D penny is an error. I would suggest you take it to a local coin shop and have the dealer look at the coin.
Question: I have a 1969-S that weighs 3.1 is there any value for it?
Answer: The 1969-S penny should weight 3.1 grams, that is the specified weight from the mint. The "S" mint mark means the coins is a proof coin. A proof 1969-S cent in original condition normally sells for $1.00.
Question: I have a 1986 penny that has the obverse side date stamped over a spear-like object that runs to the edge of the penny. Is this uniquely stamped penny worth anything?
Answer: Without seeing the coin, I am guessing that this is some kind of error coin made after the coin left the mint. It is probably not worth much.
Question: I have 1936 missing the 1. Worth keeping or selling? Should I have graded?
Answer: Without seeing the coin it is hard to give an exact answer, however, it is very common for Lincoln cents to have missing numerals within the date. This is a result of metal clogging one of the digits in the die that strikes the obverse of the coin. This type of error has little value.
Question: I have a 1943 steel wheat back penny in mint condition. Is it valuable?
Answer: Normally, the uncirculated 1943 steel cent is worth a few dollars at most.
Question: I have a 1944 penny with no Liberty, is this an error?
Answer: It is common for Lincoln cents to have a missing letter(s). This is typically from a clogged die during the striking process or an unusual wear pattern. The coins look interesting but it is probably not worth much.
Question: Does a 1944 wheat penny have value?
Answer: Normally a circulated 1944 Wheat cent is worth a few cents. With a mintage of well over one billion they are still plentiful.
Question: We found a penny that has Lincoln on both sides, one of which is dated 1941 and the other 1946. What is its value?
Answer: It is a novelty coin, made to amuse. Not a mint issue coin, and not worth much.
Question: I have a 1943 steel penny that has a s over d mint mark. How would I go about selling my rare penny?
Answer: If you have a coin shop in your area check with the dealer and see if they are interested in buying the coin. If that isn't possible, try listing the coin on eBay.
Question: Does a 1957 wheat penny that was struck on a dime planchet have any value?
Answer: Yes. A genuine 1957 penny struck on a dime planchet would definitely have some value. However, you must get it authenticated and encapsulated by one of the professional grading services, such as ANACS, PCGS, NGC, or ICG. That is the only way you will get the true value of the error.
Question: What is a 1989 double die Penny worth?
Answer: The 1989 double die is not a known die variety. Each coin that appears to be double die will be unique and worth very little. A double die has to be a known die variety before it has value.
Question: I have a wheat penny that is blank on the face of the coin how much is this worth?
Answer: Sounds like you have a "blank" cent. These are rather common and are worth a few dollars or less each.
Question: I have a 2016 p penny with a massive retained cud on obverse and a 95 degree rotation on reverse. Why is it very few people know about it?
Answer: Each of these types of errors is unique so that really can't be a reference book that covers all the possible examples. It sounds like a interesting error coin.
Question: I have 2014 Lincoln penny in which Lincoln seems to be wearing a nose ring, is this rare?
Answer: This sounds like an error during striking. More of a novelty than a rare coin.
Question: I have a 1957d with the first "s" missing in the word States on the reverse, is it worth anything?
Answer: It is common for Lincoln cents to have a missing letter(s). This is typically from a clogged die during the striking process. The is probably not worth much. Add it to your collection.
Question: What is the value of a 1918 wheat penny?
Answer: 1918 Wheat cent varies in value from a few cents in well circulated condition (Good) to over $15 if the coin is fully uncirculated (MS60).
Question: I have a 2017 P, Dime and there is an extra flouting P on his head. Do you think it's worth anything? And it's in good condition
Answer: Without seeing the coin it is hard to say. You should take the coin to a local coin shop, coin show, or coin club to have someone look at it. I would assume it is of little value.
Question: What is the value of a 1964 Lincoln Denver mint?
Answer: There were over three billion of the 1964-D cents struck. They are only worth one cent.
Question: Any information on a 1972 double die coin with a floating D?
Answer: I am aware of the 1972 double dime cent, however, I have not heard of the floating D.
Question: What is a 1917 Lincoln cent with a missing L in Liberty worth.?
Answer: A missing letter in a legend or number in date is common in the Lincoln cent series. This type of error is not worth much since it is common. The missing "L" normally occurs when foreign material is present on the coin die and when it is struck at the mint copper cannot flow into the "L" of the die. This results in a coin with a missing "L."
Question: What year of cent should you be looking for that could be magnetic?
Answer: In 1943, due to the shortage of copper from World War II, the US Mint minted hundreds of millions of pennies that had a steel core and a zinc coating. These coins are magnetic. All other genuine US cents are not magnetic.
Question: Is there many known lincoln pennies for 1974? I found a 1974 s penny and it strongly looks that the S is over a D
Answer: The mint struck hundreds of million of cents in 1974. There is no known die variety for a 1974 S/D. My guess is you have a coin that has been altered or it was "strike doubling" unique error. These are normally of no value beyond face value.
Question: Have a 1972 penny that only shows tip of the nose what is that error called?
Answer: When part of the design is missing, unless it is just wear, it is probably from a clogged die. Meaning, there was some metal scrap in the die during striking and the coin was not fully struck.
Question: I have a wheat penny back that the front side is missing and will stick to a magnet, is it worth anything?
Answer: It sounds like you have damaged 1943 Wheat back cent. The 1943s were made from steel and stick to a magnet. Since the coin is damaged it is of little value.
Question: I possess a 2008 quarter with no edge ripples and the rim is higher than normal, does it have any special value?
Answer: Without seeing the coin I can only guess that it was caught in a coin counter. Coins that get stuck in a coin counter have the edge ridges (called reeded edge) crushed and the rim appears raised more than normal.
Question: What is the cost of a 1926 one cent?
Answer: It is very hard to say what the value of a 1926 cent is worth without knowing the condition. The price depends heavily on the grade. Circulated coins usually sell for $1.00 or less.
Question: I have a 1955-D Lincoln cent that looks to be double die on date as well as God We Trust. What is its value?
Answer: The 1955-D Lincoln cent does have a minor double die variety but it is of little value and is not as you describe. However, the 1955-P (no mint mark) with double die obverse is quite valuable.
Question: I have 2009 Lincoln penny that is silver in color. Is it an error?
Answer: It is hard to tell without seeing the coin. It is probably a coin that has been chemically treated to make it appear silver in color. To my knowledge, there has been no 2009 silver cents reported.
Question: My wife and I collect coins and we recently found a 2014 penny that is double stamped. Is a double stamped 2014 penny of any value?
Answer: There are several different types of double die 2014 cents and the ones I am aware of are of little value. Sorry for the bad news, but keep on collecting. You might find a great rarity one day.
Question: I have a 1975 lincoln cent the front is a little smothe but the back looks like it was stuck in a rolling machin maybe anyway how can i find out if its mint error or not?
Answer: It is really hard to say, but it sounds like the coin has been damaged. What you describe does not sound like a normal error coin.
Question: Is the penny with the date 2009 with Abraham Lincoln on back with a chopping axe have any value?
Answer: In 2009 the mint issued a set of four Lincoln cents with different scenes from President Lincoln's life. This was to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth. You are describing the one where he is sitting on a log with an axe by his side reading a book. Hundreds of millions of these coins were struck and they are only worth a penny.
Question: I have a wheat penny missing the words ONE CENT on back. Have you seen this type of error on a penny before?
Answer: Normally when part of the design is missing, in your case it is the words "One Cent," it is a result of stray metal clogging the die and the planchet (blank) metal can't flow into that area of the die. Cents with missing elements of the design are rather common.
Question: How many bronze penny variety's are there?
Answer: That is a big question. The standard reference on the subject is "Cherrypickers' Guide" Volume 1 by Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton.
Question: I have some pennies that have no mint marks, is that common?
Answer: Yes, very common. Typically, there are some exceptions, coins without a mint mark have been struck at the Philadelphia Mint.
Question: I have a 1951 wheat penny which sells on ETSY for $10000, could I be this lucky?
Answer: I have seen the crazy prices listed on ETSY for coins. This must be a joke is all can figure. Most coin dealers will pay two cents for a circulated 1951 wheat cent and sell you one for a dime.
© 2016 Doug West
thurman Gaw on August 16, 2020:
i have all of that now i have 1955 with 8 mint mark and error mark from tie to edge put under pc camera
Doug West (author) from Missouri on July 05, 2020:
Blank cent planchets can be purchased on-line or at a coin shop for a dollar or two. They are rather common and not worth a lot of money.
benton Gaw on July 03, 2020:
I have a blank cent the rim is good what is it worth
Daniel H Donovan on May 16, 2020:
Why does my 2017 have a "P" mint mark and the dates around it don't. I've been away from my collecting for quite a while and am just getting back. Thank you
Brandy on March 21, 2020:
I have a 1940 no mint mark nickel is it worth anything?
Doug West (author) from Missouri on January 13, 2020:
The 2001 Lincoln cent is made from a zinc core with a thin copper plating. What you probably have is a normal 2001 cent that has been striped of the copper plating - probably just worth a cent.
email@example.com on January 13, 2020:
Today I picked up a 2001 Lincoln cent. Looked like a 43 steel. This has no copper finish. I weighed 1.9 grams. I cannot find anything in my books about this type of error.
Zoe on January 12, 2020:
I have 2013D where do i sell it in south africa
I have on January 12, 2020:
I have a 1996 Lincoln penny in steel how much is it worth ?
Doug West (author) from Missouri on January 08, 2020:
Pennies minted without a mint mark are from the Philadelphia mint. Your 1968 penny is very common and worth a cent.
Michael Brohmer on January 07, 2020:
I just found a very mint 1968 penny with no mint mark, plus a few other errors. Is it worth much
Doug West (author) from Missouri on January 06, 2020:
In circulated condition a 1944-D Lincoln cent is worth 2 to 3 cents. It can be worth a few dollars in Gem uncircualted condition.
Darryle mcclary on January 06, 2020:
I have a 1944 D wheat Lincoln penny how much is it worth
Joey on January 02, 2020:
I have 1974d penny where do i sell it in. Angola
Doug West (author) from Missouri on December 29, 2019:
A 1969-S Proof double die reverse is not a standard double die. This leads me to believe yours is a result of Strike Doubling. These are normally one-of-a-kind items and do not carry any extra value.
Will on December 28, 2019:
I have a 1969 S proof nickle that is double die on the reverse. Think there is any value to it ?
Nancy on December 23, 2019:
I have a 1957 penny with no “D” is this good or naw ?
Belinda Guilin on December 20, 2019:
How can I be sure a coin is double died
Ricky on December 18, 2019:
I have a 1942 wheat. Penny with no mint mark is it worth anything and also have a bufflo indian head nickeal with no date what is it worth
Mike on December 11, 2019:
Hello Doug i have a 1958 d wheat penny the mint mark is sucked up under the 9 in1958 and its off centered have you ever seen a 58 like that.??
let me kno
Doug West (author) from Missouri on November 21, 2019:
The 1982 small date Lincoln cent that weights 3.1 grams is common. The combined mintage of all the copper 1982 cents is over ten billion.
Chhala Sorn on November 21, 2019:
Hi I have 1982 small date lincoln penny that weighs 3.1 grams. Is it a rare error? People only mention they have 1982 penny thats 3.1 gram wich is normal but dont say about small date being 3.1 grams?
Robert on November 17, 2019:
I have a 19 £.79 there’s a double stamp over the are the T has part of the way sticking out of it and you can also see the E bleeding into the are underneath the other ear I think it’s an error??? I wonder the value of this penny?????
Doug West (author) from Missouri on November 12, 2019:
The 1952-D Wheat penny is common. Most dealers will pay around two cents each. Depending on condition, they normally sell for 25 cents or less.
Deborah Stubblefield on November 12, 2019:
I have a 1952 Wheat penny with the mint mark D on it, what is it worth
Doug West (author) from Missouri on November 01, 2019:
The 1943 cent has been "monkeyed" with countless times. My guess is that someone in the past has done some kind processing to your coin and made it change colors. The 1969-D cent has a mintage of over four billion, they are common and are of little value.
Danny Evans on October 31, 2019:
I have a 1943 wheat penny magnet sticks to it looks like a silver coated and I have about 15 1969 D pennies and answers value of any kind I would like to know
Doug West (author) from Missouri on October 30, 2019:
I would recommend you get a copy of the book "The Official American Numismatic Association Grading Standards for United States Coins." This book isn't very expensive and will help your grade your coins.
Jordan m on October 30, 2019:
I have two coins from the 1800s
1855 half cent
Where can I get the graded
Doug West (author) from Missouri on October 29, 2019:
Your best bet to determine the value of you error pennies is to search eBay (closed and completed listings). This will give you an idea if they are of value.
Amanda Campbell on October 29, 2019:
I have some 60's error pennies and was wondering if you would like to check them out ?
Doug West (author) from Missouri on October 22, 2019:
The dates you listed of the Wheat back cents are the common dates. The coins are worth a few cents each in circulated condition.
Mario Rodriguez. From Saint Thomas, vi on October 22, 2019:
Have Some Good Wheat Penny
Plus from 1950 to 1958 D.
Doug West (author) from Missouri on October 09, 2019:
You can send your 1928-D pennies off to be professionally graded which will cost anywhere from $10 to $25 per coin. I would recommend you buy the book "The Official Numismatic Association Grading Standards for United States Coins." The book is less than $20 and is available at coin shops, books stores, or on-line. This book will give you an idea on the grade of your coins. With this information you can determine an approximate value.
Marie Gonzalez on October 08, 2019:
I've got about 40 of the 1928 D pennies, amongst numerous other coins I'd like to have looked at. Can someone recommend a place to send them to to have them looked at and graded?
John Wilkinson on September 13, 2019:
Doug keep up the good work this is great reading.
Tony Watts on September 06, 2019:
I had asked about the 1957 wheat penny struck on a dime planchet, i had it authenticated by American Numismatic Association back in 1992, i just wasn't sure if it is a common error, but I've never seen anything like it, i wasnt sure what the value could be, so I've never let it go, I didn't want to get taken advantage of with thos rare coin.
Doug West (author) from Missouri on September 01, 2019:
There is a 1969-S error cent with doubled LIBERTY and IN GOD that has some value. Take your coin to a coin shop and have the dealer look at your coin.
Robert on August 31, 2019:
I have a 1969 s penny with errors on the back is it worth
Doug West (author) from Missouri on August 29, 2019:
The simplest way to sell your coins is to go to a local coin shop or find out where a coin show will be held in your area. Talk with the dealers and see if you have any coins of value. If this isn't possible for you, you might set up and eBay account and sell them directly. Be aware, prices listed in coin price guides are full retail prices and you will only get a fraction of those prices from a dealer. They have to mark up the price of the coin to make their money.
Matt on August 26, 2019:
Have a lot of old pennys Ive been looking up. What is the best way to go about getting them sold?
firstname.lastname@example.org on August 25, 2019:
I have a Lincoln cent. It has the Memorial, OVER the bust on the obverse. 90° off. So, standing on end.. running from the bottom to the top. Memorial is not sunken in coin (as would result from squeezing two coins in a vice). It is raised above the bust! Also have a 64' over 3 cent. Will send a pic of each... Soon as I can figure out HOW.
Doug West (author) from Missouri on August 22, 2019:
The 1952 Wheat cents have the mint mark on the front of the coin. If it has a mint mark (D or S) it will on the front of the coin below the date.
Erma on August 22, 2019:
I have a 1969's penny pretty good condition I also have a 1952 Wheat Penny on the back it says United States the S is missing
Doug West (author) from Missouri on August 14, 2019:
The 1967 Lincoln cent should weight 3.11 grams if it has very little circulation. Coins with heavy wear will weight a little less.
Michael Miller on August 13, 2019:
I have a 1967 Lincoln penny that wheighs 2.50 grams ..is this the correct weight?
fedelis vince ian on August 08, 2019:
i have a1964d lincoln penny that is double strike
Besarien from South Florida on July 17, 2019:
Really interesting article with some beautiful photos clearly showing examples of the various types of mint mistakes. You've made me want to go look through my change!
Terrace on June 28, 2019:
I have a1939 penny and a 1942 penny and 1949 wheat penny
Doug West (author) from Missouri on June 28, 2019:
The 1982-D copper pennies (3.1 grams) are all of the large date variety. The 1982-P has both a small and a large date varieties.
Anna price on June 27, 2019:
I now have collected 7 copper pennies that are a 1982d all weighing 3.1 grams .Im just not sure about small and large dates. They don’t all look the same.Some of them have doubling on them so it’s really hard to tell.
Doug West (author) from Missouri on June 24, 2019:
It is hard to tell exactly what you have without seeing the coins. I suggest you take them to a local coin shop and see what the dealer has to say. Don't expect much, if anything, there are many many small errors on Lincoln cents that have no value.
Kalyan Sharma on June 24, 2019:
Sir I have a copper Lincoln coins of 1959 D weighing 2.6 GM's and 1965 coin with arrow pointing on Lincoln head from behind( very peculiar ) and seems as if some screw was left there by mistake and punched while minting.
Kenny on February 22, 2019:
I found a penny that has no date can you tell me
Doug West (author) from Missouri on January 29, 2019:
It is hard to accurately determine the value of error coins since there is an infinite number of varieties. My only recommendation is to check on eBay and see if your type of error is of value.
h.d. taylor on January 29, 2019:
have a 2017s penny with a bur on lincolns shoulder about the size of a head on a straight pin still in the container sent by the mint and graded by ngc don't know how far yto go on the surch or would it even be worth the trouble or expense lot of confuseion
Sonny on December 28, 2018:
Found these coins need help with the errors if there are any 1956 1981 1983 1985 2004 Penny's
Jeremy on December 21, 2018:
Found this 1950 wheat back seems like an error but i cant find anything quite like it.
Jeremiah on August 20, 2018:
Production processes in the United States Mint make it virtually impossible for a two-headed (or two-tailed) coin to be manufactured by the mint. The coining presses that are used to produce United States coins have two different shaped receptacles for the coin dies. When coin dies are manufactured, the shank of the coin die for the obverse is a different shape than the shank of the coin die for the reverse. This manufacturing process design makes it virtually impossible for a coin press operator to load two obverse (or two reverse) dies into the coin press.
Perpetua santos on June 19, 2018:
I fond 1908 lincoln penny error end front end back I need relper
Margaret Gray on June 08, 2018:
Mr. Doug West, Thank You so very much !
I am just learning!
Doug West (author) from Missouri on March 11, 2018:
The 1909-S with lamination issues would be rare. Not seen one.
David Wilson on March 11, 2018:
Forgot to add,Great Article Mr.West!!
David Wilson on March 11, 2018:
Have been collecting error wheat for years.My best one is a 1909s with laminations,obverse and reverse.
dangranite on January 07, 2017:
How do I show a picture?
Doug West (author) from Missouri on January 03, 2017:
I am not sure about the 2010 date, however, I do know that the number of error coins the mint produces each year seems to be fewer than in the past. I haven't seen any exact statistics, just an observation.
Martin from sweden on January 03, 2017:
Hi Doug! Interesting info! I have heard that these last years 2010 and forward due to better striking methods very few cent errors escape from the US mints, is that true?
Martin wettmark Sweden
Doug West (author) from Missouri on July 28, 2016:
Thanks. Error Lincolns are an interesting series to collect. They are nearly all unique and aren't that expensive.
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 26, 2016:
Great overview on this collectible.