Saturday, February 21, 2009

1955 Error (Non-Famous)

Do you have an error cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Anytime I find a 1955 cent I hope that it is the famous doubled-die error that would make it over $1,000.00 easily. Even one of minor varieties would be cool to find but this find would not make me a thousandaire.

Although it does have some error that may not be clear on today's enhanced scans. Pushing the scanner to 700 dpi and raising the contrast while lowering the brightness I tried as best as I could to show the defects.

The front of the coin has a break from Lincoln's brow to the back of his hair.
The back has a break halfway through the right wheat ear with three thin die cracks reacihng the rim.

Honestly they're there.
It is not wear or outside damage instead I think it is a late stage die that began to break. Back in the 1950s dies were often used until failure. While this holds little significance in coin collecting world it can gain more. A quick Google search "1955 die crack" turns up others that are similar even a few that are nearly exact.

If a collector wanted he/she could buy them up and try to match the error and get what is known as progression. It is exactly what it sounds like, following the progress of a die crack or break. This brings up the value but still not by much.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States of America
Year: 1955
Mintage: 330,958,200
Metal: 95% copper 5% tin and zinc
Value: $0.25 because it's starting to green

Yes there is an argument that this is not an error coin since no mistakes were made but just a naturally occurring metal failure process but that is for another time.

Do you have an error penny and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

71 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Kelly said...

I am always on the lookout for wheat pennies...now I will be scouting for 1955 wheat pennies, with breaks :)

James UK said...

Nice find, my friend.

Reminds me of Britain's famous 1933 penny... My Father always has a rummage for them in any loose coin boxes on trader's stalls etc. ;-)

Man said...

The hunt for any famed coin seems pointless to anyone that is not obsessed but with the no real downside for a double look I say go ahead rummage, scout, and put them aside.

Rudy said...

I got 2 1990s coins commemorating the Olymics. Too bad i can't find them. Are those kinds of coins worth much? I also got two coins. I don't know what they're for, but in one it shows a cat, and the other it shows a dog. I can't make a scan, because i can't find them either. Can you shed some light as to what kind of coins they are?
real quick.
I got three US quarters:
1985 "P"
1996 "P"
1998 "P"
Another thing.
If a penny starts to get sort of green and red is that going to make the penny more valuable?
I also got a nickel 2001 "P" but on the back it's kinda blue. and sort of different colors. Like purple on the edges of the blue spots and a little orange on the edges of the purple.
I also got a penny that has multi-colors all over it front and back, purple, green, yellow, red. It's a 2002 "D".
One more thing.
I got a perfectly clean 1989 "D" penny that has sort of like bubbles or dots all over the front and the back. If you want i can make a scan of it to show you.

Man said...

1990s coins commemorating the Olymics.
If from the US then some are worth a bit but they're silver so they'll always have good value.

I also got two coins. I don't know what they're for, but in one it shows a cat, and the other it shows a dog.
These may be private mint coins and unless silver or gold they hold little value.

Without a detailed description or actual pictures it's tough to say.

US quarters:
1985 "P" just $0.25
1996 "P" just $0.25
1998 "P" just $0.25

If a penny starts to get sort of green and red is that going to make the penny more valuable?
No that is Verdi gris which is permanent damage and devalues a coin to almost nothing.

nickel 2001 "P" but on the back it's kinda blue. and sort of different colors. Like purple on the edges of the blue spots and a little orange on the edges of the purple.
This is toning and some collectors love this and would pay extra if the entire coin is a high grade.

penny that has multi-colors all over it front and back, purple, green, yellow, red. It's a 2002 "D".
Same toning and while nice it can also be faked and that is not good.

1989 "D" penny that has sort of like bubbles or dots all over the front and the back.
Because how the cent is made a zinc core is sandwiched by a top and bottom copper layer under high heat. If this is done improperly it will bubble this is common and makes a coin worth only face value.

Curious collector said...

when you first started collecting what did you look for spasificly and what do you look for now?
also what books do you use to identify the coins?

Man said...

when you first started collecting what did you look for spasificly
At the beginning I just looked for wheat cents. I knew nothing about silver, age, or varieties. I just grew up seeing memorial cents and ever once in a while a wheat cent and thought they were cool.

what do you look for now?
Everything.
I only buy coins from the US mint or from a super-sale from mailings or eBay. So the majority of my collection consists of found coins from my every day change or from other people's change.

I look for anything old, anything that may have an error, anything that I can't identify by memory, and anything not American.
Luckily they are low value so I can put it aside and wait months to identify them properly.

what books do you use to identify the coins?
World Coins from Krause
The Red Book by Yeoman
Paper Money Errors by Bart
Small-Size US Paper Money by Schwartz/Lindquist
those are the main from there I use ten other books and magazines and a bunch of websites that commonly ell or showcases coins.

Curious collector said...

what coins are rare if they stick to a magnet
I didn't know about coins sticking to magnets untill reading tons of posts.

Man said...

what coins are rare if they stick to a magnet
I didn't know about coins sticking to magnets untill reading tons of posts.


U.S. coins will not stick to magnets.
A lot of non-U.S. modern coins will stick to magnets because they're steel.

For the U.S. a 1943 zinc coated steel cent was issued and it's common.
By accident a few steel cents were made in 1944 these are rare.

Toby's Dad said...

I have a $10 bill, series 1950A, B55189295F, that got folded sometime during printing. When the bill's crease is closed it is cut correctly, but the engraved frame printing looks folded. However, the serial number, signature, and "2" in the lower left corner are correct. When you open the crease, a gap appears in the serial number and signature, and the bottom left corner is not correctly cut. The reverse only shows the cutting anomaly. Is this worth holding onto?

Man said...

$10 bill, series 1950A, B55189295F, that got folded sometime during printing. When the bill's crease is closed it is cut correctly, but the engraved frame printing looks folded. However, the serial number, signature, and "2" in the lower left corner are correct. When you open the crease, a gap appears in the serial number and signature, and the bottom left corner is not correctly cut.

This sounds like a Gutter or Interior Fold Error it is about $150.00 but not seeing one from 1950-A in a recent auction I can't be 100% sure. So plus or minus $50from the price quoted if you decide to sell it ungraded.

James UK said...

Damn! I had a £5 note once like that... ended up using it when I was desperate for money. :-(

Man said...

I had a £5 note once like that... ended up using it when I was desperate for money.

I take it this was pre-internet because now just thinking some thing may have value will get you 5 bids on eBay.

James UK said...

Yeah, was years and years ago. ;-)

Toby's Dad said...

Thanks for the info. I would include a pic if I knew how to do it!

Man said...

I would include a pic if I knew how to do it!

If you want just scan it or take a good picture and put it on your blog then drop a link here.

Since it's your blog you can delete it later or keep it as long as you want.

Rudy said...

Hey, i got a star note. How much are star notes usually valued at now?
2003A F11401947* $1. How much would this be valued. It been circulated, so it's a little wrinkled.

Man said...

2003A F11401947* $1

This one common and about $1.25.

curious collector said...

i Have a 1923 mint mark not clear buffalo nickle
1920 w? mercury dime
1900 Indian penny
1983 Yugoslavia 1 Dinar
2004 Bahama penny
1999 June millenium quarter canada
1999,2001,2002,and 2003 chiniese 1 yi jiao(alluminum and penny size)
1992 alluminum chiniese 5 something(Quarter size)
1921 one penny Georgivs V dei Gra Britt Omn Rex (half dollar size)
1919 wheat penny
1975 1 peseta Spain
2002 mexico $2 coin
how much are they worth

Man said...

1923 mint mark not clear buffalo nickle about $3.00 the only mintmark is S or blank

1920 w? mercury dime about $2.00 the mintmark is on the back next to the E in ONE the W is a signature of the designer

1900 Indian penny about $2.00
1983 Yugoslavia 1 Dinar about $0.10
2004 Bahama penny about $0.02
1999 June millenium quarter canada about $0.25
1999,2001,2002,and 2003 chiniese 1 yi jiao(alluminum and penny size) about $0.10 each
1992 alluminum chiniese 5 something(Quarter size) 5 fen about $0.10
1921 one penny Georgivs V dei Gra Britt Omn Rex (half dollar size) about $0.80
1919 wheat penny about $0.20
1975 1 peseta Spain about $0.10
2002 mexico $2 coin about $2.00

Anonymous said...

1977 $100 bill

Man said...

1977 $100 bill

Average is about $100.00.

Rudy said...

Well isnt that lucky!!
My dad gave me a $20 bill he got in his change, that has my birth date on the serial number.
I was born: 2-12-1993 (February 12 1993)
And the Serial says: IC02391993A IC02-39(3+9=12)-1993A. Just in case you were wondering it's series 2006. Have you ever found a bill like that? Too bad it didn't say IC02121993A. That would have been EXTRAORDINARILY LUCKY. But maybe that's pushing my luck. huh?

Man said...

that has my birth date on the serial number...Too bad it didn't say IC02121993A.

These are known as Birthday Notes and sell as a Fancy or Novelty Bills for about $3.00 to $10.00 above face value. The one you got is not a true birthday note.

curious collector said...

mexican 1993 N$5 coin
mexican 1999 $5 coin
1F Belgique 1990 coin
1941 wheaty

Man said...

Values are for extra-fine condition unless otherwise inidicated.

mexican 1993 N$5 coin about $2.00
mexican 1999 $5 coin about $3.00
1F Belgique 1990 coin about $0.15
1941 wheaty about $0.15 in good.

Anonymous said...

Hi, im not sure if this is the right place to post, but i need help with some canadian coins. I read your canadian penny thing from about two years ago and I can't figure out which have folds or not because I cant find di on any of them. Can you tell me the value of these coins?

Pennies
not fold? elizabeth has a large crown covering the top of her head: 1994,1993 (proably not worth anything)

fold? elizabeth has small crown/tiara that 's kind of like in the middle of her hair and possible folds on shoulder? 1984,1983, 1975. the 1975 has rounder edges (on the penny outside part) and there aren't any angles on the edge like the other pennies. elizabeth is larger than in the other pennies.

folded shoulder? nickels (probably not worth much) beavers 1968 (elizabeth is larger than on the other one),1985

folded shoulder? dimes (kind of old but not very much)1986, 1979, 1975 (elizabeth is also larger on this one than on the other two)

you can see most details on all of them, but they're slightly worn

thank you!!!

Man said...

I read your canadian penny thing from about two years ago and I can't figure out which have folds or not because I cant find di on any of them.

The Shoulder Fold Varieties only affect:
1 cent : 1953, 1954
5 cents: 1953, 1954
10 cents: 1953
25 cents: 1953

None of the coins you mention have any extra value.

Anonymous said...

1994 20 cent hong kong

2004 1 piso pilipinas <- UNCIRCULATED

2007 5 sentimo pilipinas

Man said...

1994 20 cent hong kong about $0.10

2004 1 piso pilipinas <- UNCIRCULATED about $2.50

2007 5 sentimo pilipinas about $0.10

curious collector said...

I Just Noticed The Uncirculated coin from pilipine has a diffrent date on the back. it says 2004 on front and 1993 on the back what does that mean? is it fake? and does this change the value? if so by how much?

Man said...

The Uncirculated coin from pilipine has a diffrent date on the back. it says 2004 on front and 1993 on the back what does that mean?

That 1993 is the date the Central Bank was established and s just part of the design. The value is not affected. Many coins have duel dates and the older date is always the year it was minted.

Anonymous said...

what years were silver quarters made

Man said...

what years were silver quarters made

Official circulating from the 1796-1964 but some special issues were made in silver in 1976, and from 1992-present.

Alabama Crafter said...

I have a new penny that is gold colored insteadof copper. What made this happen?

Anonymous said...

is the replica krugerand real gold how much shoud it weight

Man said...

new penny that is gold colored insteadof copper
Sounds like someone plated it with gold, this is not collectible and has no real value. Although they're sold for $3.95 on TV.

replica krugerand real gold how much shoud it weight
A real Krugerand weighs 33.93 grams but there are also 1/2, 1/4, and 1/10 types.

The Smoking Gun! said...

I have been searching...with no luck, to find out about 1955 pennies with the l in liberty stamped on the actual raised edge of the coin, so I would guess to say off center however in comparison to others I have seen, the opposite side is still normally spaced fro the edge, and cannot discern anything "off" from the wheat side, I will gladly send a picture if my email will be protected.
BTW I have one seemingly uncirculated one from a friend who knows no better, and has no computer access, but he has a whole coffee can full of these, each wrapped in it's own plastic baggie, as if they were received in rolls from a mint and kept air tight, there is no browning or greening and they are shiny as brand new.

Thanks for any insight in to theses!

TSG!

Man said...

1955 pennies with the l in liberty stamped on the actual raised edge of the coinI've heard of these but never seen them. Some are touching the rim, some have the L cut in half, and others have the L on the rim.

This is due to a weak die state, the die was so overused it began to deteriorate and this would happen. Often in 1955 this result in the L problem plus the last 5 shows some doubling.

As for value I've never seen one sold or graded. Weak Die State coins generally add little in uncirulated but since this is the best year for cents (1955), it may be a few dollars.

The best thing for research is either contact an error expert like Fred Weinberg or post this in a forum and get several response.

Anonymous said...

I recently purchased a obw roll of 1955 jefferson nickels.When I opened the I found all but three nickels which appeared very weakly struck and or struck through grease and dirt.I'm unsure if it would be determined to be struck through grease and dirt or a die adjustment strike.The bust of jerfferson is very weak and the lettering on both sides are also weak with a speckled look around much of the devices.I'm wondering since the all but 3 nickels are like this.Would there be any value in this roll.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention that the 1955 P Jefferson memorial on the reverse is also extremely weak with much of the devices around it showing the same small speckled look almost like tiny particle of dirt under the laminated parts of much of the areas around all devices.

Man said...

appeared very weakly struck and or struck through grease and dirt.I'm unsure if it would be determined to be struck through grease and dirt or a die adjustment strike.The bust of jerfferson is very weak and the lettering on both sides are also weak with a speckled look around much of the devices.I'm wondering since the all but 3 nickels are like this.Would there be any value in this roll.

Unfortunately no. At the most you can make some kind of Die Progression set if there is a dramatic difference but that is more of a gimmick.

If the rim is strong it is likely a struck through grease. Some extreme collector would add a small premium to this.

If the rim is weak then it's a die adjustment but as you may know most collectors think of these very negatively.

Anonymous said...

i have a 1955 penny but its not made of copper so i dont know if thats good or bad and if its worth much or not?
help?

Man said...

1955 penny but its not made of copper

That depends on weight, if it weighs 3.11 grams it is a real cent someone painted.
Any other weight might be a valuable error.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1992 penny and the date has normal sized 119 but the two is half sized. Is this worth much?

Anonymous said...

sorry i need to correct the penny date. it is 199 with a smaller 2

Man said...

1992 penny and the date has normal sized 199 with a smaller 2

This does not sound like an error instead it sounds like damage, no extra value.

Anonymous said...

about the 1992 penny, I am certain it appears to be clearly stamped with 199 small 2 and rest of the coin is in VF condition so in the event that I am not mistaken and it is not damaged would it be rare or of value? Thanks a million for your reply. JW

Man said...

about the 1992 penny, I am certain it appears to be clearly stamped with 199 small 2 and rest of the coin is in VF condition

This as an error is not possible. The master die is made with one date and transferred to working dies and then to the coins. At no point is it possible to have a small 2. All varieties of number size has in modern U.S. coins are listed in books 1970, 1960, but not 1992.

If you want and take a good scan/picture of it and post it to a free photo site then drop a link I can then tell what you have.

As for value it is not possible to say. Were you to submit it to a grading company on your description alone they would mark it damaged.

Anonymous said...

i have a penny with a bunch of little holes all over it.

Anonymous said...

i have a 1992 with a small 2 also. i was just thinking how strange it looks

Man said...

penny with a bunch of little holes all over it.

Damaged no extra value.

Man said...

1992 with a small 2

No extra value if you mean U.S. cent.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1955 lincoln penny, on the forhead way to much copper. the copper ran between his eyes
it looks like he has two forheads

Man said...

1955 lincoln penny, on the forhead way to much copper. the copper ran between his eyes
it looks like he has two forheads


Sounds like a die break error, no extra value.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1959 penny.Instead of TRUST ON THE obverse,It's printed TRUSV. I would like to hear please, What do you make of this error

Man said...

1959 penny.Instead of TRUST ON THE obverse,It's printed TRUSV

Damage, a change in letter is not possible. Only damage or alteration either way no extra value.

Anonymous said...

Hello I have a 1979 penny with a missing E in E• Pluribus• Unium, it looks as if the die was worn down because the last letters in united are soft and the first letters of states are also soft but not worn down... The penny is in good shape and there is no signs of wearing on it... Iv just started looking for error coin and don't know if it's a valuable error

Man said...

1979 penny with a missing E in E• Pluribus• Unium, it looks as if the die was worn down because the last letters in united are soft and the first letters of states are also soft but not worn down... The penny is in good shape and there is no signs of wearing on it...

Struck Through Grease error, it is very common and has no extra value.

Anonymous said...

What are these Error Pennies worth and/or called.

Error_pennies
https://htcgis.egnyte.com/publicController.do?folderName=20120222&fileName=2099a38ecfa046bc


Thanks,
Ray
dfwrocket@gmail.com

Man said...

What are these Error Pennies worth and/or called.

1920 cent, no error just damaged about $0.20

1955 cent, Die Misalignment error with die breaks, no extra value about $0.10

1905 cent, seems to be a fake error someone polished down the 9.
That said even if a real Struck Through Grease error it would have no extra value.
About $0.20 because it's damaged.

Anonymous said...

If the 1920 is damaged why is it not the shape of the same years D MM?
Though since I have seen no others like it I tend to think it is a one off error which would not increase the value.

The 1_05 is in missing 9 good a shape for it to have been filed; So I tend to lean toward grease error.

I agree on the 1955. Thanks for the name it escaped me.

The photos are taken by a microscope 2550x2048 or 5.35 megapixel.

I appreciate your comments!
ray

Man said...

If the 1920 is damaged why is it not the shape of the same years D MM?
--I see a metal gouge under the date. The metal is flowing above the field of the coin. Were this and an error the metal would not flow above the field because of the way coins are pressed.

The 1_05 is in missing 9 good a shape for it to have been filed; So I tend to lean toward grease error.
--Not if it was filed down 100 years ago. Love tokens and coin art was common in the late 19th and early 20th century. Many times people began to alter a coin but never finished. After 100 years of normal wear the signs of filing would be mostly gone.

misty star said...

i have a 1991 shinny yellow penny that the rim is magnetic what is it worth..

Man said...

1991 shinny yellow penny that the rim is magnetic

Sounds plated which is damaged, no extra value.

In case it's a real error it should be weighed with a 0.01 gram scale.

alickrick said...

Hi man, I grabbed a 1857 and 1858 flying eagle penny. The 1958 looks a little odd in the date, im not sure, but could it possibly be a 1958/7 error? more then likely not as my luck doesnt normally go that way. also looking for approx value on both. the 1957 claims a grade of around vf,i think its a little high, but close. the 1858 sl claims a grade of ef, i say maybe au. both appear to be double dies in one form or the other. i have pics of both available but not sure how to post them. i know it would make it easier for you.

Man said...

1857 and 1858 flying eagle penny.

1858/7 error vf about $400.00
1857 vf about $60.00
1858 ef about $150.00
1858 au about $200.00

both appear to be double dies in one form or the other.
--Machine doubling was common, no extra value.
If it was true doubling it would be ten times the value.

Calvin Shafer III said...

I found a 2000 no mint letter mis-strike front and back, I would say it is about 2mm off center, and the back has some blackened area covering about 25% which appears to be some sort of burned residue that will not scratch off with a fingernail.

is it worth anything?

Man said...

2000 no mint letter mis-strike front and back, I would say it is about 2mm off center, and the back has some blackened area covering about 25% which appears to be some sort of burned residue that will not scratch off with a fingernail.

Assuming a U.S. cent no extra value.

The Off-Center error is to minor and the gunk is damage.

Stephen Jackson said...

Found a 1955 penny with die covering most of GOD. wondering if this is a mint error, or damage, and if it is worth anything

Man said...

Found a 1955 penny with die covering most of GOD. wondering if this is a mint error, or damage, and if it is worth anything

Cud errors about $5.00 it is a mint error. If the word is 100% covered it is about $25.00.