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Error Coin Collecting

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I remember the first error coin I ever found. I was just a kid and I saw a lot of ads in Coins Magazine talking about an “Extremely Rare” 1965 Lincoln penny that had an extra dot next to Unum on the reverse. The 1965 Double Dot. The guy at the local coin shop said it wasn’t worth anything. I was bummed out as I recall. But the whole experience really got my attention about misprinted coins.

My favorites have always been the off center struck coins. You can find one in just about every denomination. Which by the way would make a nice section of your coin collection: An error coin type collection. Having nice graded pieces from NGC would help to make an impressive looking display. There are a lot of great looking display cases made specifically for displaying certified slabbed coins.

Off center error coins, are listed in the category of “Strike Errors”. Here is a list of some of the categories that these unique coins fall into:

• Planchet Errors (Blank, Clipped, Incorrect Thickness)

• Hub & Die Errors (Missing Elements, Doubled Die, Die Clash, Die Cracks, Misaligned, Overdates and Mintmarks, and Punching Errors)

• Strike Errors ( Broadstrikes, Mutiple Strikes, Off Center, Edge and Rim Errors, and Die Caps)

This is just a small list of the types of error coins that are out there. Just another area for you to keep your eyes on when looking through your change.

Here are some of the more famous errors that you have probably heard about:

• 1955 Lincoln Doubled Die

• 1943 Copper Cent

• 1944 Steel Cent

• 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel

• 2004-D Washington Quarter with extra leaves

• 1972 Lincoln Doubled Die cent

I’ve always wondered why we don’t see more in our change. It could be that we are just not paying close enough attention. Hey we’re collectors, we pay more attention to coins than anybody. But apparently we miss a few.

Leave a comment and let us know what you actually found looking through change.

17 thoughts on “Error Coin Collecting”

  1. I have a 1978 d penny with the mint d filled in and the penny looks like it is like sunk in behide his head … I would like to ask some questions about if somone could help me just started collecting and would like to find out what all I have !!!

  2. i have a several 1939 P Lincoln Wheat pennies given to me once my Grandfather passed away. one is unique however. The “Liberty” is definitely doubled as well as a P and what appears a lower case letter at its base. The L B anT Y are doubled with a S centet4d and covering the T and a small case centered on the Y. Stand
    out and is unique!

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  4. I got a 195? Wheat cent the back is stamp on the front can’t see in god we trust or the last number cas of the wheat beard is covering it . think its worth anything . I think is a 58

  5. I have a 1979 Jefferson head nickel that’s Doubled on obverse almost all the motto and if your eyes are pretty good you can see it without magnification. On the reverse it looks as if a tornado is coming out the door. The coin is circulated but in good shape
    Could anyone possibly give me an approximate value of such a coin
    I’ve been trying to get answers but haven’t gotten any

  6. I found a 1996 P Jefferson nickle, on the reverse side underneath the “F” in the word FIVE, there is a number 5. I tried to take pictures but am not able to get a clear close up. I have been trying to get any information, thoughts or opinions regarding this unique coin.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Thank you

  7. I have a 1974 Lincoln penny I was checking to see if it had the double ear. My interest was sparked for economical reason, and the fact that I have purposely , sorry everyone brace yourselves vacuumed up pennies while cleaning my vehicles . I almost tossed this penny thinking it had been through a garage disposal. After I really looked it over a few times through out the day, I got pretty excited. It seems to have been double die but on wrong side or wrong angle..? I would love to email pictures. Thank you, Sarah

  8. I have a 1999 pennsylvania error quarter that has a lot of different errors a local collector said he never seen one like it do you know much about them

  9. Like I have 3 1943 penny’s they stick to a magnet but they are really different in color and they have errors I think

  10. I have a
    1934 Indian head buffaloe nickel, in penny I have a 1914,1916,1937,lots of 40s,50s,60s,70s,80s and so on I have lots of nickels, Dimes, quarter’s, I have lots of Canada coins and coins from different countries

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