1955 Double Die Penny
thing happened at the Philadelphia mint in 1955. One or more of the dies used
to strike coins of the Lincoln cent series were prepared incorrectly, and were
subsequently used to mint an error version of the Lincoln penny, thus creating
a doubling effect on the obverse and giving birth to perhaps the most popular
error coin in American numismatics history: the 1955 Double Die Penny.
Double Die penny shows itself as a seemingly normal Lincoln cent. Upon closer
examination, though, the 1955 Double Die Penny shows a dramatic doubling of
the letters and numbers on the obverse, or front, of the coin. The 1955 Double
Die Penny is not the first, nor the last, coin to have been minted from an incorrectly
prepared die in the Lincoln Cent series. the 1955 Double Die Penny isn't even
the rarest or most valuable of the double die pennies from the Lincoln Cent
series, as that distinction belongs to the 1969 Double Die Penny. The 1955 Double
Die Penny is, however, the most popular and that makes it a very sought after
the reason for the huge popularity of the 1955 Double Die Penny is the media
hype that surrounded the discovery of the 1955 Double Die Penny. It is unknown
what number of the rare 1955 Double Die Penny escaped the Philadelphia mint
but educated estimates put the number at around forty to fifty thousand. That
number may seem like a lot but in numismatic scales, it is a very low mintage.
Many initial discoveries of the 1955 Double Die Penny happened in the New England
area and, more specifically, the 1955 Double Die Penny was found in abundance
coming from cigarette vending machines in the area. Since most specimens of
the 1955 Double Die Penny were released into circulation, the number of mint
state examples of the 1955 Double Die Penny is considerably less than the estimated
amount of existing coins.
double die is certainly worth having examined by a numismatic professional since
many counterfeits have been discovered right along side the authentic versions.
The coin experts at Nevada Coin & Jewelry have this particular expertise when
dealing with the 1955 Double Die Penny and can guide you through the process
of selling your example of this coin. The 1955 Double Die Penny can command
significant prices so don't leave it in the hands of novices. Just call or come
in to any of the Nevada Coin & Jewelry locations in the greater Las Vegas area
and put our coin experts to work for you today.
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