Thursday, July 09, 2009

Broken 1957D Cent

Do you have a wheat cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment

Back in early 2008 I found a 1957-D cent that was red and brilliant it was amazing that it came from my change. Post here, pictures here and here.

Now a little over a year and I found one in a lesser grade. The problem with this is it may be Doubled Die either a 1957D-1DO-001 or 1957D-1DO-004 or one of the 12 other minor doubling. The doubling on most 1957-D cents are so minor that they can only be seen in high grades.

Late Die Stage or LDS is the stage in the die (used to press the coin) right before it is taken out of service or has been polished again for further use. LDS markers include multiple scratch lines, die breaks, and weak details.

Enough of the technical stuff see the coin and point out the issues.

You can clearly see the B in LIBERTY is half filled. The 95 in 1957 are also partially filled and on the reverse the second U in UNUM is filled.
Were this picture and better you could the entire 1957 has extra metal and so does the D below the date.

All in all if I could dub this a doubled die variety it would be worth at most $1.00. Not much of incentive to research further.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1957D
Mintage: 1,051,342,000
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Value: $0.05 in F-12 plus the die breaks that may mean something more

Do you have an older 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.

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

Anonymous said...

...i am totally impressed with your blog and stumbled on it quite by accident. anyhow, im not an avid collector, but have managed to accumulate quite a few STAR BILLS over the course of the last four years (bet you were wondering why they are getting harder to find, eh?). ive never priced them or even considered figuring out if any of them were "valuable" at all. as of this morning (i found another one today), im up to 141 bills with a face value of $2,052; any chance i can get you to look at the excel spreadsheet that i just threw together and let me know if any of these are worth more than the face value?
the spreadsheet is found at this link:
http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=511b2d378e13980cb64026cfc0611236e04e75f6e8ebb871

Man said...

the spreadsheet is found at this link:

Estimated at high grades it's about $3,157.75.

Most are above face value but only a few above face because they are new and 90% common.

Here is your list modified with values.

Anonymous said...

wow...that was a QUICK turnaround.
i am deeply grateful and a true fan.

i guess i will just keep hoarding what i find...if nothing else, im saving money, right? so just outta curiousity, at one point does it become prudent to get the bills graded (ie., when the estimated value of the bill is 200% of the face value, etc)?


thanks again!

Man said...

at one point does it become prudent to get the bills graded

High grades, if the bill looks perfect even a common is worth grading.
But since grading cost about $40 then most collectors wait for a bill or coin to exceed $200.00 in the estimated grade.

You may want to consider buying this book because some notes newer non-star notes also have value.

Older versions of the book work well if you can find it in a library or discounted.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1953 wheat penny that weighs 50 grains. How unusual is that?

Man said...

1953 wheat penny that weighs 50 grains. How unusual is that?

50 grains is about 3.24 grams and a standard wheat cent weighs 48 grains or 3.11 grams.

The tolerance is + or - 2.0 grains meaning yours is absolutely normal.

I looked at foreign productions for a possible error but no other coin in 1953 weighed 3.25g or anything close. So it is probably not an error just normal.

Karen Cooper said...

I don't know if the first post went through or not...trying it again. I have a penny that looks like it was stamped onto a dime. It has a ridge around it and is off-centered. The letters and numbers are blobbed together so you can't ready the year. I would love for you to see it but don't know how to include a picture...help? Thanks!

Man said...

I have a penny that looks like it was stamped onto a dime. It has a ridge around it and is off-centered. The letters and numbers are blobbed together so you can't ready the year.

This would be a Double Denomination error and it's about $1,100.00 but many fakes exist and an expert should see it in hand.

Pictures may help and you can find a free photo site or one of you blogs to post them then just drop a link here.

Karen Cooper said...

Thank you so much for your quick response..I will see what I can do about posting a picture.

Karen Cooper said...

Here is a link to my blog (a blog I had to create for a class...) that has pictures of that penny. Let me know if it works....Thanks!

http://coopers-corridor.blogspot.com/

Man said...

that has pictures of that penny.

Unfortunately this looks like damage, from you original description I thought it was a dime that was struck again using cent dies.

Instead it looks like a worn and damaged cent. The bright copper rim is a sign that someone was attempting to smooth out this coin.

It has no extra value.

Karen Cooper said...

Yeah, I realized what I said wasn't quite accurate after I looked up some other "double denominations" online.
However, the circumference (sp) is that of a dime....it is not as big as a regular penny.

Anyhow, I do thank you very much!

Man said...

However, the circumference (sp) is that of a dime....it is not as big as a regular penny

That is why I figured it was altered.

This is known as spooning, someone tried to make a ring out of this coin.

Google "spooning coins" and you will see coins identical to yours.

Anonymous said...

hi

i have a 1970 penny the whole date is lifted a little whats that worth

Man said...

1970 penny the whole date is lifted a little

Don't know what you mean? Sorry.

Anonymous said...

double die 1970

Man said...

double die 1970 about $1.00 in fine

Anonymous said...

you know i put that out there just to see what you would say i hope that any of these people asking questions will go to pcgs and fined out the real value and not listen to you let me tell you what its really worth $700.00

Man said...

you know i put that out there just to see what you would say i hope that any of these people asking questions will go to pcgs and fined out the real value and not listen to you let me tell you what its really worth $700.00

Let's point out your mistakes..
1) It is Doubled Die not double die.
2) 1970 are worth little 1970-S are worth hundreds.
3) Were anyone to go to PCGS searching for a 1970 DDO they would find nothing..
Direct Link
4) It is find not "fined".

When you are not smart enough to post a question correctly then don't point out your own stupidity by posting more.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1957D penny I want to know how much its the value to it?

Anonymous said...

How much is a 1970s penny worth today ?

Man said...

1957D penny about $0.05

Man said...

1970s penny about $0.03

Anonymous said...

Hi,, I have a peny that, the IN (IN GOD WE,,) that IN is on the age of the coin and it looks like the two little pigs in a corner,, do you think that is any value in it ?? thanks.
Annie

Man said...

peny that, the IN (IN GOD WE,,) that IN is on the age of the coin and it looks like the two little pigs in a corner,

Sounds damaged like if two coins smashed together.

That said I cannot say I have seen this before so if can put a good picture online somewhere and drop a link here that may help.

daveHEART said...

I have a 1957 D double date and mintmark with cuds in the exact same spots as the penny in picture above. I think whoever said this penny is worth a dollar is WAY OFF. Error coins, including the cuds(filled letters or blobs of metal) are worth more to collectors and your coin in pictures above may be worth as much as $25 to someone. Maybe even more. I have scoured the web and this is a known error. A 1955 double dated coin is worth over a thousand dollars.

Man said...

1957 D double date and mintmark with cuds in the exact same spots as the penny in picture above. I think whoever said this penny is worth a dollar is WAY OFF. Error coins, including the cuds(filled letters or blobs of metal) are worth more to collectors and your coin in pictures above may be worth as much as $25 to someone. Maybe even more. I have scoured the web and this is a known error.
--You are partially correct the error you speak of is worth more. Unfortunately the one pictured above does not have any doubling.
I was excited when I found this coin knowing that doubled die was possible but under close inspection nothing was found.

Again doubling is worth more but the coin pictured above has none.

Anonymous said...

Did they make the 1957 D penny with the "BIE" error. If so what kind of value does it have.

Man said...

Did they make the 1957 D penny with the "BIE" error.

It was not made but BIE does exist for 1957 D, it's about $0.20 in circulated good.

bev said...

i have a 1984d penny it is thicker in some areas, it also has dime like ridges around the edges and has a odd texture to it. i also have a 1970 quarter that is thicker than most it will not fit in a quarter slot machine.love your web page learned alot.lol bev.

Man said...

1984d penny it is thicker in some areas, it also has dime like ridges around the edges and has a odd texture to it. i also have a 1970 quarter that is thicker than most it will not fit in a quarter slot machine.

Both sound damaged, no extra value.

Also can be a Misaligned Die error but that holds no extra value too.

The only other thing I can think is wrong weight. Try weighing them.
Cent should be 2.50 grams
Quarter should be 5.67 grams
If either is more by 0.05 grams or more it may be an error worth $50 or more depending on final weight.

Anonymous said...

I think we may have a miss stamped 1990 penny. It is scraped on front only, just once that I can tell it looks to be a two tone color front,back, and edges. In a couple of spots on edge it has dime ridges and it is really thin in one spot only on the top. It is missing the L on Liberty, the s on the end of States and the o on of is missing also. Please let me know if this is a totally miss stamped penny and the possible value of it. Thank you.

Man said...

1990 penny. It is scraped on front only...

Sounds damaged, no extra value.

The only way to be sure is if you place a photo online and then copy and place the link here.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1957 D wheat penny and has no error on the writing no fill ins I mean, I want to sell it on eBay and it always says error penny and that's how everyone's sellin it. I don't know how to classify an "error" penny. Any advice?

Man said...

1957 D wheat penny and has no error on the writing no fill ins I mean, I want to sell it on eBay and it always says error penny and that's how everyone's sellin it. I don't know how to classify an "error" penny.

I have no idea what type of error you may or may not have.

When selling just describe things exactly as you see it.

Try describing the error here and maybe I can help.

Anonymous said...

It's not like brand new shiny, it's letters are in perfect condition except for the "O" in one cent the "O" at the top is faded a bit, that's just about it.

Man said...

it's letters are in perfect condition except for the "O" in one cent the "O" at the top is faded a bit, that's just about it.

Either just worn or a Struck Through Grease error, but either way it holds no extra value above a few cents.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1957d wheat penny and the 7 is half the size of the 195 is this an error worth anything?

Man said...

1957d wheat penny and the 7 is half the size of the 195

Probably a Struck Through Grease error, it has no extra value.

quik T said...

I have a 1974 nickel that on the back there is extra metal bulging from the dome of the white house all the way to the right edge and all the way up to the the M covering half the M also on the bottom of the white house covering up half the top part of the word Monticello please tell me I have something good

Man said...

1974 nickel that on the back there is extra...

This is a Cud or Broken Die error it's about $10.00 ungraded and circulated.

If it is nice looking that can double or triple the value.