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The Joy of Error Coin Collecting

Updated on June 20, 2011
1953 Lincoln Wheat Penny Obverse
1953 Lincoln Wheat Penny Obverse
Reverse of the 1953 Penny above   Doubled Die Reverse
Reverse of the 1953 Penny above Doubled Die Reverse
1955 S Lincoln Wheat Penny Obverse BIE error coin
1955 S Lincoln Wheat Penny Obverse BIE error coin
1972 S Lincoln Penny Obverse Doubled Die
1972 S Lincoln Penny Obverse Doubled Die
closeup of the doubled die date
closeup of the doubled die date
reverse of the 1972 S above
reverse of the 1972 S above
1997D 10 cent Doubled Die Ear
1997D 10 cent Doubled Die Ear
closeup of doubled ear 1997D 10 cent
closeup of doubled ear 1997D 10 cent
closeup of Doubled Ear 1997D 10 cent
closeup of Doubled Ear 1997D 10 cent
closeup of Doubled Ear 1997D 10 cent
closeup of Doubled Ear 1997D 10 cent
Reverse of above 1997D 10 cent
Reverse of above 1997D 10 cent

The Joys of Error Coin Collecting

I started coin collecting when I was 8 years old. That was 40 years ago. Over the years I have educated myself on almost all US coins. At an early age I was not sure what I was doing and really didn't care at that point in my life. I collected everything that I thought was neat. It was not until my father had retired that I started Educating myself.

This came about because my father had also collected coins himself, and he was quite proud of his collection. He was sure it was worth a lot of money until he had some coin shops offer him a few thousand dollars for it. Boy was my father depressed. I was in my 30's by then and decided to do research on my own collection. Through my research I found that different types of coins can carry different values depending on how rare they are. I went through my collection, looking at each and every coin with a 10x eyepiece. I noticed some had things that didn't look quite right. I researched them and found that they were error or variety coins. Most were rare and worth a lot of money. Thus began my collecting of just Error coins. Most of these coins were from pocket change.

I have self educated myself in the error coin field for the past 16 years and have a very nice collection. Recent additions are of the Statehood Quarters.

The 1st 2 pics are of a 1953 Wheatleaf Penny Doubled Die on the Reverse in the upper right area of the coin. Pluribus Unum E in ONE and the T in CENT are most visible. The coin is in uncirculated condition and should grade MS65 (MS70 is the highest grade given to coins meaning perfect)

The next  pic is of my 1955S Wheat Penny A BIE error in uncirculated condition and should also grade MS65

The next 3 pics are of a recent find in my pocket change, 1972S Doubled Die Obverse on the date.

The next 5 pics are of a 1997D 10 cent Doubled Ear I found in my pocket change 2 months ago.

I will be submitting these to be certified and graded soon so they can be auctioned by Heritage Auctions.

Education is Key. You find where to certify and grade. You find where to Auction for top dollar.

Follow me as I will be posting new information every few days on this subject. I will also post some more fantastic pictures, especially of my Statehood Quarter Error Collection. As I get coins certified and then Auctioned, I will post the results, grades and dollar amounts realized.


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      12 months ago

      To start I am new to coin huntting, I have 9 1985 red 4 1985 D and a lot of small and large date penny's from 75 and 80s an 90s I will send photos Help

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      18 months ago

      I actually need help on what type of error I have and or value?

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      Mark R Hollenback 

      2 years ago

      where can I see the answers to these questions?

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      3 years ago

      I have a 1955 s Lincoln Cent bie that has a cud in the lower half of the first five Ive seen the other sausages football but none with the cud in the 5 any help with the variety would be great thanks Steve

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      5 years ago

      I have 1972 s penny dbl die in perfect condition is it valuble

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      6 years ago

      hey, I found a 1977 lincoln cent with no mint mark, it is thicker than all the other one cents that I have compared it to, does this mean anything in peticular, just started a coin collection for the grandkids, is this a keeper?

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      7 years ago

      I have a 1940s wheat penny missing the last number and a 1970s missing the last number what you think they are worth ?

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      7 years ago

      How much is the 72 s worth

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      7 years ago from Colorado

      Nice coins. For some reason, I've never found myself that interested with error coins. After this article though, I just might have to start looking for some.

      Based on this article, you might like:

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      8 years ago

      nice coins although the 72s looks like a machine die rather than double die but still nice

    • ladyrose profile image


      8 years ago from Florida

      I collect coins also and you have some wonderful coins. I appreciate you sharing them with us


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