JudeA's Blog

19 May 2020

Coins in your Pocket - Cent Errors and Varieties

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Hello! It has been awhile! With all this "fun stuff" going around, school and other stuff has kept me away from the ANA for some time. I hope I can keep blogging regularly now. Also, I was one of the first of 3 people to send the correct answers from a CONECA contest, so I will be receiving my prize in the mail in a couple of weeks! Look for a blog on that soon. Anyways, I was thinking what I could blog on, since nothing really Numismatic has happened lately. I remembered my old, "Coins in your Pocket" blogs, and decided to write another of those! This edition doesn't focus on just normal coins, but focuses on the errors that I search for. I will be covering cents in this blog. Hope you enjoy!

2009 DDRs - I'm sure you all knew that this would appear here. My primary focus, these coins fascinate me. The errors can be found on all 4 types of 2009 cents, although the most well known and most visible of them are on the formative years design, which are found in the form of an extra finger on the hand that is holding the book. The other errors are very subtle, and you will need a good knowledge of the target area and a good microscope or loupe to see them. They will sell from anywhere to $1 to $10 for the best of them on eBay, although they are hard to find in coin shops in my experience.

All wide and close AM cents - The wide and close AM varieties are pretty well known in the error and variety world, but can be subtle if you don’t know what to look for. Basically what happened is some of the proof dies got mixed in with the circulation strike dies, and vice versa. The dies had different spacing of the A and M in AMERICA, so some circulation strike coins ended up having the proof version of the coin, and likewise with the proofs. The wide AM variety has noticeable spacing between the A and M, whereas in the close AM variety, the A and M are almost, pretty much, touching. There are many different years in which this happened. They are: 1992, 1992 D, 1998, 1999, 2000, 1998 S, and 1999 S. The rarest of these is the 1992 D, which recently sold for $3,550 on eBay. The 1992s are both close AMs, and the proofs are also. The 1998, 1999, and 2000 are wide AM varieties.

1955, 1972, and 1995 DDO - Probably never going to find a 1955 DDO in circulation, but I can dream! These are all well known doubled die obverse coins, the most dramatic, and rare, being the 1955, then the 1972, and then 1995. They are all visible with the naked eye, and all are rare and highly sought after. The 1955 DDO was produced like any other doubled die of the time, by having the hub struck off center on one of the two strikes. The mint workers did catch some of the doubled dies before they reached circulation, but the mint decided it wasn’t worth the trouble to melt the thousands of coins, so they released them into circulation. The others were made the same way, but the mint didn’t catch them. All of them are rare, and even the 1995 can sell for over $100 if it is in good condition.

Going to do another one of these blogs soon, probably another on cents, there are just so many varieties to look for!


Long Beard

Level 5

After many years of searching and many hours with a magnifier I have yet to find a wide AM. But I refuse to give up!


Level 6

Great job. It's nice to hear a YN is taking advantage of the FREE subscription offer. It looks like you are hooked on error coins. They are amazing. I wish you luck with your roll searching..


Level 6

Congratulations! Keep up the good blog ideas.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Good work on the CONECA contest J/A, I can tell you are a true numismatic scholar and not just looking at investment opportunities. Keep it up and look forward to reading your blog about the CONECA victory and all your other thoughts.


Level 5

Congratulations on the contest. I really like the 1955 and 1972 double dies. Not a big fan of the small type errors, if they are considered errors. The proof die being used for circulation coins is really an interesting thing. I need to start checking my change a little better. Maybe I can find something interesting. thanks for posting.


Level 7

First of . all I had heard and Congratulations to you. Your on your way to becoming brilliant collector . Take each .catagory one at a time. By the time your my age you should be well know. The 1960's cents have allot of errors. I have two rolls and thank you there a mess. The only good thing the mint did for me. Congratulations again and im looking forward to that blog. And a picture!!!!

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