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    1955 Doubled Die Cent, MS65 Red
    Very Rare With Full Mint Red Color

    1955 1C Doubled Die Obverse, FS-101, MS65 Red PCGS. The 1955 Doubled Die is the most dramatic variety within the entire Lincoln cent series. The notable doubled cent helped nurture variety collecting along to where it is today, with Cherrypickers' Guides, CONECA listings, variety manuals, and third-party grading of certified Fivaz-Stanton varieties.

    Q. David Bowers notes concerning the 1955 Doubled Die in the Lincoln cent Guide Book:

    "As to how the coins were made, I inquired at the Philadelphia Mint and learned that, on a particular day in 1955, several presses were coining cents, dumping the coins into a box where they were then collected and mixed with the cents from other coining presses. Late in the afternoon, a Mint inspector noticed the bizarre doubled cents and removed the offending die. By that time, somewhat more than 40,000 cents had been produced, about 24,000 of which had been mixed with normal cents from other presses. The decision was made to destroy the cents still in the box, and to release into circulation the 24,000 or so pieces which were mixed with other cents. The Mint had no reason to believe that these would attract attention or have value with collectors. They were simply viewed as defective coins. It is likely that about 3,000 to 4,000 1955 Doubled-Die cents exist. All genuine pieces have the reverse die misaligned about 5 percent from the normal 180° rotation."


    But these pieces did attract the attention of collectors. In a big way. The die rotation is significant enough that casual viewers, even non-collectors can see the doubling. What is almost universal is the lack of complete mint red on these coins. Most were briefly handled, thus dulling the red luster. However, this is one of the few that retained its mint red, most likely from not being handled as most of the others were. The surfaces display even, bright color with no obvious abrasions (another problem usually seen on this issue). Very rare as such. (NGC ID# 8H87, Variety PCGS# 37912, Base PCGS# 2827)

    Weight: 3.11 grams

    Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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