Top 13 Error Coins Worth Money - Price Guide With Pictures

Top 13 Error Coins Worth Money - Price Guide With Pictures

Everett Millman
Published: January 04, 2023
Updated: March 29, 2023
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Hunting for error coins is one of the most exciting aspects of the coin collecting hobby. These odd-looking coins are often some of the most valuable pieces that you can potentially find in pocket change.

We'll be looking at a list of 13 valuable error coins from the United States. First, let's consider the different types of error coins and how you can find them "in the wild"—that is, in circulation.

Types of Coin Errors

All error coins are essentially coin misprints. They are always the result of a mistake made during the manufacturing process at the mint (rather than post-mint damage). Error coins can be divided into three general categories.

Planchet Errors: A "planchet" is another word for the blanks that are used to make coins. Errors in this category involve improper preparation of coin planchets. Examples include clipped planchets that are the wrong shape, planchets that are the wrong thickness, and even planchets that are mistakenly left blank.

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This quarter was struck on the wrong planchet. Image: fleur-de-coin

Die Errors: The process of minting coins involves dies that impart the lettering, numbers, and images onto the surface of a coin. One die is used for the obverse (front, or "heads" side) of the coin, and other is used for the reverse (back, or "tails" side). If there is an issue or flaw with either die, it can lead to errors such as the doubling of design elements or the mismatching of two dies. The latter case results in what is known as a "mule" coin. .error .gainesville.coins

Repunched mintmark error on a Lincoln cent.

Strike Errors: Striking is the step in the minting process where the design from the die is impressed onto the coin. Strike errors include off-center or misaligned strikes, designs struck on the wrong size planchet, and other oddities.

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An example of a brockage error on a 19th-century coin. Image: fleur-de-coin

Again, it's important to note that all error coins are made at the mint. Their release into circulation is always a mistake or oversight. This distinguishes coin misprints from coins that simply have post-mint damage—changes to the coin that happen after they leave the mint. Such damaged coins hold no value for collectors and are not considered errors.

How to Spot Error Coins

Finding error coins is rare, but not impossible. Keep in mind that all of these error types tend to occur in batches of coins, as the U.S. Mint strikes coins for mass production. A die flaw or miss-strike will affect all of the coins from a particular production run. So there are usually hundreds or a few thousand coins with the same error originating from the mint.

However, there are sometimes no reliable mintage estimates for coins with specific errors due to their accidental nature.

You will need a keen eye and plenty of patience to successfully spot an error coin. Knowing what to look for is crucial. Noting an unusual-looking coin is a good start, but being familiar with famous error types is an even better approach. Some coin errors are obvious, while others are more subtle and may require a magnifying glass to see.

Aside from carefully scrutinizing your pocket change, there are a few other places you should be looking. One popular strategy is to search through coin rolls, which you can get at any bank branch in exchange for their face value. Although this can be time-consuming, coin roll searching is guaranteed not to lose money. Even if you find nothing, the coins (as legal tender) are still worth exactly what you paid for them.

Cherrypicking is another common approach for error coin hunters. This simply means carefully looking through a group of coins one-by-one. You might do so with a coin lot offered at an estate sale, or from the "bargain bin" at a local coin shop.

List of Error Coins Worth Money

Over the years there have been too many valuable error coins to list them all here. But these are some of the most prominent in history of U.S. Mint. The order of the list goes from the lowest denomination (penny) to the highest.

1. 1922-D Plain Lincoln Cent

According to The Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins, in 1922 the Denver mint struck a number of pennies using heavily worn dies. As a result, many of the Lincoln cents made at this facility exhibited dull features and a "weak D" mintmark.

The results were even worse for a subset of these 1922-D cents. The accumulation of grease on the obverse die left a handful of pennies with missing design elements. Most notable among these was the absence of a D mintmark. These errors are known as "Plain" or "No D" Lincoln cents. Even if they are in fairly bad condition, these coins are worth over $500 each.

You can find a rundown of many Lincoln penny errors elsewhere on our blog.

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1922 No D mintmark Lincoln Wheat cent.

2. 1943 Copper Lincoln Cent

Many coin collectors know that World War II had an impact on American coinage. Not only were five-cent nickels switched to a 35% silver alloy from 1942 to 1945, but the penny also briefly got a new composition for one year, in 1943. A copper shortage prompted the mint to switch the one-cent coin to a steel composition, coated in zinc.

Over 1 billion of these steel cents were produced in 1943. However, a very small number of pennies—perhaps as few as 15—were incorrectly struck on the normal bronze planchet that year. The 1943 bronze cents are exceptionally valuable, easily crossing the $100,000 threshold. One example even sold in a private transaction for over $1 million!

1943 copper penny

1943 Copper Lincoln cent.

3. 1944 Steel Lincoln Cent

In 1944, the U.S. Mint resumed normal production of pennies made of copper. However, just like the year before, a handful of Lincoln cents were accidentally struck in the wrong composition. This time the culprit was the leftover zinc-coated steel planchets.

It's a bit comical that the mint made the same mistake (in reverse) two years in a row. In addition to creating another rarity, the mishap has created confusion for numismatists and collectors in the following decades.

While the 1943 steel cents are commonplace, the 1944 error variety is exceedingly scarce. Any well-worn example of a 1944 steel penny will garner $75,000 or more.


1944 Steel Lincoln cent.

4. 1955 DDO Lincoln Cent

The 1955 doubled die obverse Lincoln cent remains one of the most iconic coins—of any kind—in United States history. Today, it still ranks as perhaps the most well-known error among all American coins.

Thanks to improperly prepared dies, some number of the Lincoln pennies minted in Philadelphia in 1955 show extremely bold doubling of the date and lettering on the obverse of the coins. This dramatic appearance is part of what makes the DDO penny so collectible to this day.

Even a low-grade example of this coin sells for over $1,000.

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1955 Doubled Die Obverse (DDO) Lincoln Wheat cent.

5. 1974-D Aluminum Lincoln Cent

This error penny was virtually unknown to the world until 2001. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the U.S. Mint experimented with different materials—including glass!—for making coins. Ultimately, the Treasury Department settled on copper-plated zinc for the Lincoln penny beginning in 1982.

One of the experimental compositions that was rejected was an aluminum alloy. The pieces were shown to members of Congress and subsequently destroyed. By some misadventure, at least a dozen pennies made of aluminum escaped from the Philadelphia Mint (despite the D mintmark) in 1974. Thus far there are only two known to exist.

Astonishingly, the mint took the curious step of seizing one of the aluminum cents, deeming the coin to be government property. If another example is found (and deemed legal to own), it would easily realize six figures at auction.

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1974-D Aluminum Lincoln cent.

6. 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel

Another die error resulted in this case of a missing limb: the 3-legged buffalo. It is among the most famous error coins ever to exist, and undoubtedly the "key date" to the entire Buffalo nickel series.

Despite early popularity when the design debuted in 1913, the Buffalo nickel (also called the Indian Head nickel) was plagued by dies that quickly exhausted. The result was many weakly struck coins.

In 1937, the second-to-last year of the series, the mint employee who operated the coin presses at the Denver Mint tried to smooth down some scuffs on the nickel's reverse die. He unintentionally smoothed away one of the buffalo's legs in the process, causing the coin misprints.

An uncirculated specimen of the 1937-D 3-legged nickel runs about $2,500. Even "junky" examples are worth upward of $500.

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1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo nickel. Image: PCGS CoinFacts

7. 1942/1 Mercury Dimes

Another popular error variety to collect are overdate coins. This die error is pretty straightforward: When changing the year-date on the obverse die, the last digit of the previous year was not fully removed.

In the case of the "42 Over 41" Mercury dime, this resulted in the "1" still being visible behind the "2" of the date. Interestingly enough, this same overdate error appears on 1942 Mercury dimes from both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.

Much like the other errors on this list, the 1942/1 dimes (from either mint) are worth about $400 in the lowest grades, with prices rising sharply for coins in better condition.

1942 42 over 41 mercury dime

1942 42 Over 41 Mercury dime.

8. 1975 No S Proof Roosevelt Dime

As a general rule, you don't normally see proof coins with errors. Proofs are specially made for collectors. Extra care is taken in their production, minimizing the chances of an error eluding the attention of mint workers.

Nonetheless, the U.S. Mint somehow included a few dimes in their 1975 proof sets that lacked an S mintmark (from the San Francisco Mint). To date, two such examples of a 1975 Roosevelt dime proof with a missing mintmark have been identified. As far as anyone knows, these incredibly rare dimes could only be obtained from the annual mint proof sets.

It's no surprise this coin is so valuable given its current population is just two. Prices are in the range of $450,000.

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1975 No S Proof Roosevelt dime. Image: CoinWeek

9. 1982 No P Roosevelt Dime

A similar mistake occurred with the circulation-strike Roosevelt dimes that came from the Philadelphia Mint in 1982. The mint had only recently added the P mintmark to its 10-cent coins, beginning in 1980. Previously, coins from the Philadelphia facility bore no mintmark.

Somebody forgot to punch the "P" onto the obverse dies for the dime in 1982. (The process was still done by hand at the time.) Several thousand of these "No P" Roosevelt dimes were distributed before the mistake was caught. Compared to some of the earlier coins on this list, that might sound like a lot. Yet it's a minuscule fraction of the entire 1982-P dime mintage of nearly 520 million coins.

Collectors will pay around $175 for a mint state example of one of these dimes.

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1982 No P Roosevelt dime. Image: PCGS CoinFacts

10. 2004-D Extra Leaf Wisconsin State Quarters

One of the most contemporary entries on our list is the 2004-D Wisconsin State Quarter. Two different varieties of error due to a die flaw are known in this issue.

These are known as the Extra High Leaf and Extra Low Leaf errors. The appearance of the error on the design is precisely what it sounds like. In one case, there is an extra leaf on the ear of corn that points upward. The second version has an extra leaf that points downward.

Given the recent timing of this error, the public was quick to collect these misprinted coins. After initially garnering as much as $500 apiece, prices cooled off as more examples were discovered. Today, either the High Leaf or Low Leaf varieties sell for between $50 and $100.

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2004-D Extra Leaf Wisconsin quarters. Image: USA CoinBook

11. 1956 Bugs Bunny Franklin Half Dollar

Oftentimes, an error coin variety gains popularity thanks to an endearing nickname. This is undoubtedly the case with the "Bugs Bunny" Franklin half dollar, named after the beloved cartoon character.

A die clash error resulted in some Franklin halves exhibiting a "buck-tooth" appearance on the obverse of coins dated 1955 and 1956. (Coins from the latter year are better known to collectors.) The error can be a bit subtle to the naked eye, but it stands out in comparison to a normal Franklin half.

As collectors started looking out for the Bugs Bunny error variety, many examples were discovered. It's assumed that still more have yet to be identified. Thanks to the relative ease of finding one, these coins tend to be reasonably priced around $25.

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1956 Bugs Bunny Franklin half. Image: PCGS CoinFacts

12. 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar + Washington Quarter Mule

Mules are one of the strangest and most amusing kinds of errors. As mentioned earlier, a mule coin is the byproduct of the mismatched pairing of an obverse die and reverse die that don't belong together.

The 2000-P Sacagawea dollar mule may be the best-known (and best-loved) of all mule coins. Struck on the planchet of "golden dollar" coins that debuted in 2000, the normal reverse is paired with the familiar obverse of a Washington quarter. The accidental combination is pleasing to the eye thanks to the coin's golden hue and the similar size of the two denominations.

Only 19 examples are known, and virtually all of them are in mint state. The average sale price for these mules is about $50,000.

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2000-P Sacagawea Dollar mule coin. Image:

13. 2007 Presidential Dollar Missing Edge Lettering

As we've seen with missing mint marks, in some cases, coin errors can be errors of omission.

One of the intriguing aspects of the Presidential dollar coins introduced in 2007 was the presence of edge lettering. The edge (i.e. the "side" of the coin, along its circumference) of these coins feature inscriptions. This technique was more common in the late 1700s and early 1800s, as it frees up space on the rest of the coin design.

However, a decent number of the 2007 George Washington Presidential dollars made it out of the mint without these edge inscriptions. Fittingly, they are sometimes referred to as "Smooth Edge" dollars. It's estimated that tens of thousands of these error coins exist, perhaps more than 100,000.

These dollar coins trade for around $20 but some in pristine condition have sold for over $100.

2007 presidential dollar missing edge lettering

2007 Presidential Dollar with missing edge lettering. Image: Presidential Dollar Guide

More coin collecting articles from the authors at Gainesville Coins:

Top 15 Best Silver Coins to Collect

Best Gold Coins to Buy: Top 10 List

How Much Is a Silver Dollar Worth?

Most Valuable Dimes: Comprehensive List for Collectors

Coin Collecting for Kids: A Beginner's Guide

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Russell | 11/28/2023
I have a 1969d penny with a reverse dime die strike on the reverse of the penny,is that considered a mule coin
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Everett | 11/29/2023
Hi Russell. Yes, if the design on the reverse looks like a dime, then that is mule error. Very cool!
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Dick | 11/14/2023
I found a 1965 penny shows 2.5 grams..should be 3.1 grams. Is this a rare penny.
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Everett | 11/15/2023
You're right that it should be 3.1 grams. The new composition of the penny weighs 2.5 grams (since 1982 and onward). Check to make sure the date is right; but it could be a rare error struck on the wrong type of coin blank.
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Hello | 10/29/2023
I found an 2005 Alex Rodriguez colored coin. Searched the internet, but could find the value. Is really rare? Or is it useless.
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Everett | 11/15/2023
Unfortunately it's probably closer to useless/worthless. If you could find a big Alex Rodriguez fan or a collector of A-Rod memorabilia, I'm sure you could sell it -- but I have no clue of the value. Finding a buyer will also be tougher due to all the steroid stuff.
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Paul | 10/16/2023
Hi. I wonder if you could tell me anything about the value of a 1964 Kennedy silver half dollar with the head upside down. Paul.
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Everett | 11/15/2023
I've never heard of that kind of error, Paul! That sounds bizarre.
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Silverlover | 8/31/2023
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Krystal | 8/22/2023
*UNKNOWN GOLD $5 COIN?* It's funny, because a friend got sold a $5 gold coin while at work as a cashier by a person that said they got it from a deceased elderly relative, and they needed milk and bread for their family. Times get tough. She coukdnt validate it being real with a quick search online so she gave the person money for it and kept it for herself in case it was not a real us currency coin so she didnt get in trouble for acceoting it as payment at the store she works. It is gold, has a value of $5 USD, has an eagle on one side that is unlike ANY we can find ANYWHERE! we have spent countless hours trying to find out more about it by online searching, calling and emailing various mints and whatnot as she agreed to give us 30% of its worth if we helped sell it. Clearly nothing ever came of it.. I DO have a photo of both sides of it. There's NONE like it anywhere we looked or anyone we contacted. My husband called the places where the coins are made, and 1 person he spoke to said due to the year, and what info they found, that coin was NOT supposed to ever leave the mint, and thinking someone took it out illegally! but the info was HARD to find he said and the 3 others we spike to couldnt find the same info we were told about it never supposed to have even been struck OR leave the mint! It was a year we had restrictions on certain metals used for making coins. My friend and I eventually stopped trying. She started getting very weird about it and ended up not wanting to give me the 30% because she thought it was worth way more than she originally did and didn't want to give me that much. Lol (GREAT "friend" huh? ??) she stopped looking because 1.) shes afraid the government will confiscate it and she will even lose what she paid for it, 2.) Every person aside from the 1 person (and no one thought to get their name, thinking the info they gave would be the same info anyone else would see and give us. ??) and 3.) She got greedy and I'm not about that. I told her I didn't want any of it if it were sold, and told her she ruined out friendship over a coin she can't do anything with, not even use as the face value of $5 ???????? I WISH I could figure out what the heck that thing is though... it bothers me that we never found out. I don't want anything from it, except to know what the heck it is, why we could find nothing really.. and I would think if someone was going to make a fake coin, they'd make one that is a real coin.. I got the feeling it was really a us coin.. I wouldn't make a non existent coin if I made fake ones.. I'd be making ones people KNOW are real. How would a coin you can't even find out if it's a us made coin and can't even use it as face be worth faking? Lol we also tried grading service companies but with no info they can get of it, they had no idea either. ??????? it's one thing I'd LOVE to know before I die. ????
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Everett | 8/22/2023
That is quite the story Krystal! I'm sorry it didn't work out with your "friend." There are two main possibilities if your $5 gold coin is real: 1.) it could be a modern American Gold Eagle coin made by the United States Mint, which has a face value of $5 but contains 1/10 ounce of gold; or 2.) it could be a classic Half Eagle gold coin, which the U.S. Mint made from 1795 to 1929. (Both of these coins have an eagle on the back.) I'm surprised nobody was ever able to help you identify the coin, but knowing the date (i.e. the year) on the coin would help narrow it down.
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Elisa | 8/20/2023
Hello! Fascinating article, very informative. I think Ive got an interesting find. I may have a 2013D Dime, off center (~5%) DDO, DDR. its the reverse that has me really excited, its WAY off. more so than ive ever seen, perhaps. I would love to authenticate, however I live in a Very Isolated locale. Would you happen to have any advice for a curious gal?
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Everett | 11/15/2023
Hey Elisa. If you are ever able to make it to a coin show, the third-party grading companies are often there and can authenticate the coin for you. Otherwise, you would have to mail the coin to PCGS in California or NGC in Florida. Many people prefer to take a road trip to submit their coins for authentication in person.
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Christopher | 8/8/2023
I found a 1982 large date p zinc that is a ddr very clear doubling on the one cent and the United States of America. I cannot find any evidence of it anywhere. What do I need to do to get it authenticated. Thanks
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Everett | 8/9/2023
Hey Chris. I also couldn't find anything about a zinc 1982 DDR cent, although I do see that a DDR variety of the 1983 penny is well-known. You should submit the coin for authentication to either Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) in Florida or Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) in California.
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Sofiane | 7/20/2023
I found a proof sealed 1968S Half dollar that missing part of the B and R in the word LIBERTY makes it LIREPTY , any information about what type of error can cause that will be appreciated, thank you .
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Everett | 7/21/2023
That is very strange, especially for a proof coin. I can tell you that the "E" and "R" of "LIBERTY" are partially covered by Kennedy's hair in the normal design. I would suggest comparing how your coin looks to other Kennedy half dollars (or photos of Kennedy half dollars), because I haven't found any information about the particular kind of error you described.
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Scott | 7/9/2023
I have discovered that an MS 64, 1888 Indian head penny I have been studying for a month, is actually a mule clash obverse with a doubled Die Reverse. I have a second circulated version that verifies the mule clash, which appears to have an eye of an eagle among the pattern in it's last feather.
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Everett | 7/10/2023
That's awesome, Scott!
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Jessica | 7/8/2023
I have a wheat penny with a overdate dye error. I can't tell if it's a 1936 wheat penny or a 1946. There is a 3 and 4 overlapping each other. Need help.
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Everett | 7/10/2023
Hi Jessica. I think it's much more likely to be a 1936, which is also known to have doubled die errors. I would suggest submitting the coin to a third-party grading service for a more definitive answer.
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Cindy | 7/2/2023
I have a presidential coin with strange writing on edge. The In letters are spaced very very far apart, I…..n G..o..d we trust . Is this an error coin?
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Everett | 7/3/2023
Hey Cindy. Actually, it's not an error. All the Presidential coins have the inscription "IN GOD WE TRUST" along the edge. Although this is a pretty unusual device to see on coins, it was used more often before 1930 to save space on the design. So unfortunately not an error!
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Renee | 6/26/2023
Do u accept pictures?
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Renee | 6/26/2023
Do u accept pictures?
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Troy | 6/9/2023
I have a 1939 wheat penny with no mint mark... Also the word "GOD" is seperated like "GO D"... Is this a misprint??
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Everett | 6/12/2023
Hey Troy. I'm really not sure! I haven't seen that error personally and there doesn't seem to be any information about it online. I would suggest comparing how "GOD" looks on your coin with other Wheat pennies. If it looks different enough, it may be worth submitting the coin for authentication by NGC or PCGS.
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Lyndon | 6/8/2023
Lyndon/ 6/8/ 2023 I would like to know if anyone reported having a presidential dollar struck on a Sacawega dollar planchet. When the presidential dollar program began, I ordered a George Washington presidential dollar because it was to be the first in the series. When I got it I did a look over and I noticed it had strange coloring to be a presidential dollar. After more observation I noticed that if I just held the dollar up without looking to closely the presidential dollar passed for a Sacawega dollar. Is this a error?
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Everett | 6/9/2023
Hey Lyndon. That's fascinating! There are certainly presidential dollar error coins that are struck on the wrong planchet, or are known to be a "mule" -- meaning they pair the obverse of one coin design with the reverse of another. The best-known ones are Sacagawea dollars struck on quarter dollar planchets, or vice-versa. I think your coin could definitely be an error.
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Kathy | 6/6/2023
I have a 1914 and1939 no mint wheat pennies they worth anything
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Everett | 6/7/2023
Hey Kathy. The 1914 penny can be worth anywhere from $1 to about $100, and the 1939 penny can be worth anywhere from 20 cents to $5. It depends on the condition of the coins.
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Scott | 5/30/2023
I found an 1888 indian head penny with damage on and around the third 8. After a couple months of investigation, and a barrage of PMD comments, I proved it actually is the real reason for all 1888/7s. And when you carefully at 1888/7 penny's. You can see the evidence of 1888 over a damaged 1888. Including the nub and the top left mark on the third 8. The penny was struck on center 5 times. I think it's the greatest error penny in history. I'm biased .
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Everett | 5/31/2023
That's really fascinating, Scott! I'm glad your research and investigation paid off. The 1888/7 is certainly a super valuable error cent.
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Danielle | 5/10/2023
Hello nice article. I found a 1955 wheat penny with a strike on top of head,and double in god with trust as well. looked with my magnetic fine glass. But nothing on Google. Thanks
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Everett | 5/11/2023
Hey Danielle. It sounds like you have found a doubled die error! The 1955 Lincoln penny is actually one of the more famous doubled die coins that I know of. The doubling on "IN GOD WE TRUST" is the clearest sign. You should absolutely get the coin authenticated by NGC or PCGS. As the article points out, even a heavily worn example of the 1955 DDO Wheat cent is worth at least $1,000 if it's genuine.
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Daniel | 4/8/2023
So, trying to post that I found a 1984 with "mountain ranges" on front
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Daniel | 4/8/2023
Later to find that the back and front don't line up
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Daniel | 4/8/2023
So, trying to post
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Janeen | 4/6/2023
I found a 1974 D penny missing the OF in United States of America. Not sure what to do with it?
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Everett | 4/7/2023
Hey Janeen. As far as I know that's not a well-documented error. It might be worth submitting it for grading to find out, but more likely the coin was simply poorly struck and that's why the "OF" looks like it's missing.
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Tammy | 3/29/2023
Found an interesting 1980 filled P quarter today. In addition to filled P, it has a stamp extra letter (looks like a capital "I") in front of LIBERTY. Craziest of all is that it's a dual missing clad and appears to not to be post-production related. The odds of this UniCoin ?? actually being all of the above are....yeah... But IF it turns out to, in fact, be legit, I am clueless as to what a ballpark value might be. I've had only a passing interest in coins so I honestly haven't a clue. Thank you!
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Everett | 3/30/2023
Hi Tammy. Sounds like there are a lot of errors going on with that coin! I checked a few price guides and none of those seem to be well-known errors for the 1980-P quarter. With nothing to compare it to, I really have no clue about its value, either. It's not often I come across a coin with multiple errors, so I would definitely recommend submitting it to a professional grading service like NGC or PCGS.
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Terry | 3/23/2023
Have a look at my 2021 P 1c shield Certification number 45427046. PCGS has is back again to re grade for free for the error. It's quite unique DDO and DDR
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Everett | 3/24/2023
Wow, that's a very cool error coin, Terry. MS64 Red is a great grade, too. Awesome!
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Jamie | 3/12/2023
I have 1984 penny. It has re- punched mint mark of the letter D all over it , about 20 time. Is that a common error or see a lot of?
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Everett | 3/24/2023
I've never seen that error before, Jamie. Definitely uncommon!
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Jason | 3/6/2023
Hi there just have a question, has anyone came across an 1989 d double die
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Everett | 3/7/2023
Hi Jason. There are doubled die pennies known in 1983, 1984, and 1995, all from the Philadelphia Mint. It's possible the 1989-D hasn't been seen yet, but it's not listed in any price guides.
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Tracy L | 3/2/2023
There’s a mint error on my 1964 penny obverse where the letters “L”and “I” in the word LIBERTY are fused together, forming the letter “U”. Instead of saying “LIBERTY”, this penny, says “UBERTY” “UBERTY” by definition means, (uncountable) (now rare) Fertile growth, abundance, fruitfulness; copiousness, and plenty. How great is that!!! I’ve searched a have not found any other penny with this particular error. Would love to send pictures for reference
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Debra | 2/19/2023
I have a 2000 Lincoln penny that is really messed up on both sides. Just looking at it, it is rather ugly, but when magnified it is beautiful and reminds me of a Picasso painting. What type of striking error could have caused this and would it have any additional value.
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Lisa | 2/15/2023
I have a 1910 penny with what looks like an 8 or upside down s above the year???? Also a 1935 D/S
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Everett | 2/16/2023
Hi Lisa. I haven't come across the error you mentioned on the 1910 penny before, but it sounds like it could be a repunched mintmark error. I would definitely recommend getting it authenticated by a professional grading service like NGC or PCGS to find out its value.
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Barbara | 1/10/2023
I have a nickel with only one side. Is it worth anything?
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Everett | 2/16/2023
Hey Barbara. That may be an error coin, or it may be the case that someone in the past sanded off one side of the design. A third-party grading service such as PCGS or NGC can authenticate the coin and tell you if it's a valuable error or not. If your nickel is indeed an error coin, it is probably worth about $10. (I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but it's much more than a nickel's face value of 5 cents!)
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Freddie | 10/1/2022
Been collecting coins on and off for 5 years and I have found many error coins , I sent pictures to someone that collects coins and tells me that the coins are not worth anything and that all sites that sell coins are frauds , now I'm confused cause I know what I have not being a expert in coins but I have quite the collection of errors
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megan | 9/14/2022
i have a 1940 no mint wheat penny, would that be worth anything?
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Everett | 9/15/2022
Hi Megan. Your coin was likely struck at the Philadelphia Mint. Coins from Philadelphia usually don't have a mint mark. Its value is probably somewhere between 20 cents and $3, depending on its condition. (Doesn't sound like much, but way more than 1 cent!)
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Patricio | 9/4/2022
I have a lot of error coins for sale like 1. 1971 D Half Dollar that struck on a 40% silver Plancet 2. 1982 Lincoln Cent small date/zinc 2.5g 3. 1982 Lincoln Cent large date/copper 3.1g ( 24 pcs ) 4. And a lot more!
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Everett | 9/15/2022
That's very cool, Patricio! You should definitely get those coins authenticated by a third-party grading company such as NGC or PCGS.
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Jenay | 8/13/2022
Hello I have a 1975 dime with no mint mark.
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Laurie | 7/18/2022
I have had this dime for quite a while only because it struck me so odd about its error. It is a 1976 Roosevelt dime... It seems to have one blob of metal (maybe nickle?) on the front side by his nose and 2 blobs of metal on the back side. What kind of error is that and is it worth anything?
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Everett | 7/19/2022
Hey Laurie. It sounds like it could be a cud error if there are blobs of raised metal. But the cud usually occurs near the outer rim of the coin, so I am not sure. The best way to identify an error coin and figure out its value is to submit the coin to one of the third-party grading services, NGC or PCGS.
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Freddie | 6/22/2022
Very helpful ,but I have a 1952 no mint wheat penny that weights 3.31 grams is it possible that could of used a Canadian planchet
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Everett | 6/23/2022
That is fascinating, Freddie! The weight is certainly off. Your Wheat penny should weigh 3.11 grams. I'm really not sure what kind of planchet was used because that gross weight doesn't match any of the small denomination coins in Canada or the United States from the 1950s: Canadian penny = 2.35 grams; Canadian nickel = 3.95 grams; Canadian dime = 1.75 grams; American penny = 3.11 grams; American nickel = 5 grams; American dime = 2.5 grams. If your coin was struck on the wrong planchet, other aspects of the design would also look a little bit strange. Compare it to a regular penny and check if anything else looks funny. (Make sure you compare it to a penny minted in 1982 or earlier.) Hope that helps!
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Everett Millman

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Everett has been the head content writer and market analyst at Gainesville Coins since 2013. He has a background in History and is deeply interested in how gold and silver have historically fit into the financial system.

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