Discussion in ' Error Coins ' started by NeomasMar 7, Log in or Sign up. Coin Talk. Penny error list? Hey everybody, I'm looking for a penny error list online and can't find anything!
I'm very new to collecting and even newer to this site, any advice or words of wisdom are greatly appreciated! NeomasMar 7, Log in or Sign up to hide this ad. You may also purchase the cherry pickers guide to find out about errors and varieties Vol l has pennies in it. Paddy54Mar 7, Thank you, I'm so new at coining that I haven't even got the red book yet!
It's coming for my birthday tomorrow. I haven't heard of the cherry pickers guide though. ANyone else have any good sites for error pennies? As far as errors go, here is a good link. Thank you non cents. My advice may be applicable or not. I gather you are very new to coin collecting and wish to hunt varieties and errors.
Penny error list?
If you are pursuing such a question with slabbed or attributed coins, then a list would be my first step. If you intend to hunt through bags of cents, or prowl ebay and other auction sites, I think you be be better suited to read as much as possible on the subject. Much is on the internet as noted by previous posters, but if you have some available money for book references, I would recommend the DVD compilation by Billy Crawford "Lincoln cent varieties" or the printed version vol 1, which goes to mine is used weeklyand a favorite, Wexler and Flynn's "The Authoritative Reference on Lincoln Cents" and the Cherrypicker's Vol.
Many collectors think books are too expensive, but these are well worth their price. Secondly, finding varieties in bags or packet change is tough going unless you are familiar with the normal cents and how minting process works and what post mint damage looks like. Then you can take a cents and look at each one and any that look different, put asideand then study them carefully. It takes time and effort to become smart in this area. There are many archived articles on this site that can be accessed by the search function.
Best wishes and welcome to the forum! Just to add, here's another good place to further your education. Oh man, forgot one of the newest and most detailed error sites available!
Keep up the hunt! Thanks, you guys have been a ton of help. I bought a roll of 50 Wheaties from a pawn shop and the guy didn't know anything about em. When I got somewhere I could check them out I found that a lot of them had errors and some dbl dies, I expect someones relative died that collected and they knew nothing about them so they sold em.
KoinJesterMar 7, There was a site where you could go and type in the year and check all of the error varieties for that year. I had the link on my old computer but it is gone now. Does anyone know what site I'm talking about?
KnightlyMar 9, The discontinuation of the small date, according to the U. Mint, was a problem that arose with the working dies chipping out in the smaller 0 digit of the date. To correct this problem, the 0 digit was enlarged along with the 6 and 9 digits for balance in the larger date cent.
On the surface, this did sound like a plausible explanation. We now move forward to the year and the conception of MADdieclashes. This is where the second part of the story concerning the small date Lincoln cent began. One of the rarer types of die clash is the tilted die clash vertically misaligned die clash.
We must remember that the working dies are convex shaped, so an appreciable tilt must be present to produce such a die clash. Imagine the action of the hammer die hitting a planchet with a full transfer of its design onto that planchet.
Then imagine that same die tilted to such a degree that, in the absence of a planchet, it transfers only a small amount of its design into a small area. If you look at the entries for this particular die clash type, you will find that there are over assorted clashes under this heading.
However, if they are all found on just one denomination for just one year, that does make it a bit more interesting. Now add to the fact that mostly all the tilted die clashes have been found on the and D small date Lincoln cents makes this story into a mystery.
It would seem that, the small date Lincoln cent does indeed have an untold story. We should first look into the unusual tilted die clashes found on the small date Lincoln cents. Working clockwise, the second set of clash marks can be seen around the date and the mint mark in this D cent.
There are two less commonly seen die clashes that should be mentioned as well. The first is caused by the roof of the Memorial building being clashed onto the obverse die in the area of the date. There are just a few of these dies that show the partial letter D on the obverse die and only one instance where the jacket line can be seen in bay 3 of the Memorial building. Mostly all the die clashes are located well away from the center on both die faces.Image source: Wikimedia Commons.
The Lincoln Memorial has dignified the "tails" side of the nation's Lincoln penny for almost 50 years now, and it is a popular design that has been familiar to every American. Inthe United States Mint commenced an exceptional, one-year program showcasing the different designs made for the Lincoln penny's reverse tails sidehonoring Lincoln's th birthday. For now, no one knows the exact answer, but most likely, Memorial pennies won't ever greatly escalate in value, as billions of them were minted.
This doesn't mean there are no Memorial pennies that are worth greater than a penny. Pay attention to the error pennies. These pennies do not have mintmarks like the other 1, business-strike zinc pennies, which were produced at the San Francisco Mint on the same year.
The metallic formation and obverse hub changes resulted in the creation of the 7 different Lincoln penny varieties. Plus, the S-proof Lincoln penny struck in brass and a large date on it. Coin collectors therefore have 8 basic Lincoln Memorial pennies to chase after. These are the things that coin collectors should look for and check to distinguish among the Lincoln pennies:.
If you think there is nothing exciting about collecting Lincoln pennies, think again. There are lots of interesting die varieties among those Lincoln coins. The most valuable penny, which is the zinc small date reverse doubled die coin, was found in As of now, there is no extra monetary value added on worn coins, so when it comes to Lincoln pennies, the expert keeps an eye out of coins which appear in AU grade or higher.
You never can tell. Did you know that in approximatelypennies were minted? They were referred to as the pennies or the Lincoln Wheat Penny coins. Some were minted in Philadelphia, others in Denver and some in Sa Francisco. The ones from Philadelphia had no mint marks. The ones from Denver had the letter D.
Those from San Francisco had the letter S. The penny had found its way in the market of coin collectors not because of its metal content but because of some of its flaws. One of the errors seen in the penny is the weak imprint of the image that was brought about by accumulation of dirt and grease in the die used.
Coin collectors prefer to have the non-circulated pieces of this penny as its value becomes higher due to its rarity. You would see a few where the last number 9 looks more like the number 7. The damage was brought about by a rolling or counting machine.Celebrating Over 50 Years In Numismatics! Copyright Notice: All images are copyright by Ken Potter and may not be used without permission. Please note that since the above was written many years ago and that other numbering systems have evolved.
For the most part many of the entries on this list were entered years ago when were purchased the holdings of old-time dealers. While we respect the work of others we simply do not have the time to add all the new listing numbers that have evolved since this list was first created in the s.
As such due to time restraints more often than not we will not include the newer Wexler, Crawford, CopperCoins, etc. These newer numbers will be utilized when we are adding in new varieties and the numbers are readily available to us. Grading Services and their Holders Generally speaking we do not distinguish between old or new style holders or those that fall in between. We do realize that grading standards have changed over the years and that coins found in old holders are often under-graded by today's standards in other words, they would often grade higher today than they did years ago and as such are often viewed to be of better value.
What we try to do is give you our opinion on the coin in the holder rather than figure out which era a holder is from.
If we feel a coin that was graded as an MS64 twenty-years ago is a solid MS65 by today's standards, we will state so and often price the coin accordingly as if it were raw. If we feel an upgrade is argumentative, we will say nothing and you'll just get a high end coin that might grade higher if you resubmit it to the same or different grading service.
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This is because we grade the coins -- not the holders. We further note that grading services have different standards that have evolved over the years. If you are a serious collector, you should get to know which services grade the toughest and which are the most lenient.
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A Top RPM. Sharp early die state specimens. I have a few nice Blazing Red, sharp early die state specimens! From the Harry Forman estate. Nice chocolate brown with hints of red. Nice wide variety! A Top RPM! Sharp on this clear mid-die state coin! Not that rare based on what I have but certainly very scarce. Nice variety! These are nice sharp earlier die state coins, perhaps EMDSwith a complete secondary "D" showing within and to the north of the primary "D"!
Bold Earlier Die State; I'd say early mid. Presumably rare in this die state. Fairly rare variety!I am an active trader of stocks, bonds, and commodities, as well as an experienced non-fiction writer.
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.
We will cover common errors, such as clipped planchets, defective dies, off-center strikes, and broadstrikes. To celebrate this occasion the U. 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 with Victor D. 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.
The reverse back of the coin had the denomination and text surrounded by two ears of wheat. B appeared on the reverse of a limited number of the 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 S from the San Francisco mint became the great rarity of the series with onlyminted. The Steel Cent. The war required the manufacture of large amounts of military equipment and ammunition. 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 and the copper alloy cent returned in Be aware of steel cents that have been plated with a copper coating. Unscrupulous people will try to pass off these plated coins as the ultra rare error where the cent was struck on a bronze plancet my mistake.The Lincoln cent sometimes called the Lincoln penny is a one-cent coin that has been struck by the United States Mint since The obverse or heads side was designed by Victor David Brenneras was the original reverse, depicting two stalks of wheat thus "wheat pennies", struck — The coin has seen several reverse, or tails, designs and now bears one by Lyndall Bass depicting a Union shield.
The penny nickname is a carryover from the coins struck in England, which went to decimals for coins in Insculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens was hired by the Mint to redesign the cent and the four gold coins, which did not require congressional approval. Two of Saint-Gaudens's proposed designs for the cent were eventually adapted for the gold pieces, but Saint-Gaudens died in August before submitting additional designs for the cent.
In Januarythe Mint engaged Brenner to design a cent depicting the late president Abraham Lincolnbeing the centennial year of his birth. It was the first widely circulating design of a U. Nevertheless, Brenner's design was eventually approved, and the new coins were issued to great public interest on August 2 Brenner's initials VDBon the reverse at its base, were deemed too prominent once the coins were issued, and were removed within days of the release.
The initials were restored, this time smaller, on Lincoln's shoulder, in Brenner's wheat reverse was replaced in by a depiction of the Lincoln Memorial designed by Frank Gasparrofor the sesquicentennial of his birth year. The Lincoln Memorial reverse was itself replaced in by four commemorative designs marking the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth.
Beginning inBass's shield design was coined. Saint-Gaudens originally conceived a flying eagle design for the cent,  but at Roosevelt's request, developed it for the double eagle after learning that by law, an eagle could not appear on the cent.
Saint-Gaudens sent Roosevelt a design in February for the obverse of the cent showing a figure of Liberty. Roosevelt suggested the addition of a Native American war bonnet, stating, "I don't see why we should not have a conventional head-dress of purely American type for the Liberty figure.
Saint-Gaudens was by then in declining health; he died on August 3, without having submitted another design for the cent. With the redesign of the four gold denominations completed byRoosevelt turned his attention to the cent.
The centennial of the birth of assassinated president Abraham Lincoln would occur in Februaryand large numbers of privately manufactured souvenirs were already being issued. Many citizens had written to the Treasury Department, proposing a Lincoln coin, and Roosevelt was interested in honoring his fellow Republican. This was a break with previous American numismatic tradition; before the Lincoln cent, no regularly circulating U. By then a lame duck in office, Roosevelt was reluctant to involve Congress.
While the contents of their conversations were never recorded, it appears they discussed Roosevelt's plans for coinage redesign. Roosevelt had admired a plaque of Lincoln which the artist had produced. Leach contacted Brenner to ask his fee for designing the coin.
Brenner mentioned in his correspondence with Leach that the President had liked his Lincoln design; there is no evidence Brenner considered any other concept for the piece. Brenner's obverse design closely follows a profile of Lincoln he had used in other work, such as the desk plaque he made for the Gorham Manufacturing Company in Numismatic historian Roger Burdette suggests that Brenner based his work on an photograph of Lincoln taken at Mathew Brady 's studio by one of his assistants.
However, Burdette adds that in an April 1letter, Brenner mentioned that in producing the design, he envisioned Lincoln reading to a child, when the sculptor felt Lincoln would be at his brightest. This suggests that Brenner may have drawn inspiration from the well-known Brady photograph of Lincoln with his son, Tad.
On January 18,Brenner submitted models to the Mint with a Lincoln profile on the obverse, and a reverse design very similar to that on the then-current French silver coins, showing a tree branch. He also proposed designs for a Lincoln half dollar, with the late president to appear on one side, and a standing Liberty design—almost identical to the obverse of the same French coins.
Leach replied on February 2 that no change to the half dollar could be made without congressional approval. By February 9Leach had discovered the origin of the branch design—although numismatic historian Don Taxay notes that it is odd Leach had not discovered the source of the standing Liberty design, given that they were on opposite sides of the same French coins.
Brenner wrote in return, "I shall take it out and put it in small letters on the reverse. Barber in Philadelphia.Heritage Auction Galleries. Although there are no key dates, there are a few varieties for the Lincoln Memorial cents minted from through While there are hundreds of Lincoln cent varieties out there, the more popular and valuable ones are listed below.
If you happen to find a new variety, you may want to hold onto it and have it evaluated by a professional numismatist. Read the descriptions carefully and study the photos to see if your Lincoln Memorial penny is worth more than a mere penny. Although extremely rare in any grade, people have found these rare pennies in rolls and in pocket change. Remember, a doubled die coin is not the same as a double-struck coin.
Although both types of coins carry a numismatic premium, the doubled die coins are usually more valuable. Both images should be raised or in relief. One die had a date that was larger than the other. The smaller date is the rarer of the two and carries a premium value. On the large date variety, the "7" in is lower than the "9" and the "0". On the small date variety, the "7" is level. In the U. Mint produced another doubled die variety.
Coin collectors easily spotted this coin and everyday people across the country plucked it from circulation. There were several doubled die varieties produced in The most valuable variety has extreme doubling on the words described above. If you need a high-powered magnifying glass to see the doubling, it is one of the less valuable doubled die varieties. In more doubled die varieties came from the mint. This time it was on the reverse of the Lincoln Memorial cent.
Look in the lower left-hand corner of the coin. You should see strong doubling on the word "ONE. Make sure that the image is projecting out from the surface of the coin.
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Otherwise, it is a coin that got damaged during the ejection process from the coining press. This doubling on the Lincoln cent is less noticeable, but it is still very pronounced if you know where to look. Begin by looking at the ear on Lincoln's head. When looking at the coin, make sure you use proper lighting.