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.