1955 double struck penny found as pocket change

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by digger, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. digger

    digger New Member

    I almost overlooked this flaw as I was putting my collection in order, I grabbed the penny off my bureau, it had been sitting there after removing it from my pocket months ago. I must have got it in change from shopping somewhere. I would appreciate input as to its condition. should the dark spot be cleaned ? This is the first error coin I ever found and I'm really excited about it. With the naked eye it seems normal, thats why it sat on my bureau until now. I almost tossed it in with my other wheaties without a close inspection. I tried taking close-ups but the camera did the best it could. The pics don't show the true outline of the second strike, under my magnifying glass it is more obvious than this. Does this count as a double struck in some degree. Your opinions as to its value.

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  3. Metalman

    Metalman New Member

    Hi Digger

    The penny looks like about an F/EF to me, What you have there is not the 55 double Die of value that is listed in Red Book as well as other guides.

    There are a few varieties of these out there, and are kinda all balled into the poormans double die title.

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Unless I miss my guess - that's what is known as the "poorman's doubled die". Looks to be VF to me. They do carry a small premium but not much. And no I would not try to remove the spot.
  5. digger

    digger New Member

    poormans 55

    Thanks for the truth. I was hoping for a better outcome though.

    Oh well !
    Once a poor man always a poor man.

    I have more coins to submit in the future. maybe one of them will be worth somethin.
  6. Aidan Work

    Aidan Work New Member

    Digger,that is a very nice doubled date on the 1955
    American 1c. coin.I don't think that it is the so-called 'poor man's doubled die' coin.It is very clear from Digger's photos.
  7. jody526

    jody526 New Member

    I will also confirm that the OP's coin is not the 1955 Doubled Die Obverse that is listed in the Red Book.

    The doubling on that coin, which is true hub doubling BTW, is so dramatic, it could be seen at arm's length without magnification.

  8. Pennycase

    Pennycase New Member

    I've got a handfull of them like in the photo, if anyone would like to purchase them as a "rich mans" doubled die :D
  9. jody526

    jody526 New Member

    I know you're just kidding, Penny, but you need to be careful about making references to things you have for sale.

    Now if you would like to give a few away, well...
  10. MoneyTalk513

    MoneyTalk513 Junior Member

    i have 2 of those 1955 double dies ones like the one in your picture and one has a doubleing near the tail of the second 5.
  11. bhp3rd

    bhp3rd Die varieties, Gems

    It's nothing but a worn out coin struck from worn out and over

    What's clear is it's a coin struck from worn out and over used dies.
    This is sometimes refrered to as a "poor mans doubled die" is no doubled die or true die variety at all.
    It's worth about 2.4 cents any day of the week as a common wheat cent.
    Always remember a doubled date or many types of common doubling on coins "does not a doubled die make".
  12. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage

    Yes to the above, depending on age!!

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  13. coinboy11

    coinboy11 Junior Member

    many of the 1955 penny came with doubled die error. and it looks like that you have a nice specimen in your hand,don't cleaned or you will ruin the value.an ms-60 will cost more than a $1000.000 dollar.i think you have good money there.keep it and investigate before you sell it.and be careful
    with dealers that will offer you nothing for it.
  14. rlm's cents

    rlm's cents Numismatist

    First off, digger has left the building several years ago. His last post was 2006.

    Secondly, I would like to know where you get your info that "many of the 1955 penny came with doubled die error". I have been looking for 50+ years and have not yet found one. digger's coin is not a doubled die. It is commonly called a poor man's doubled die and might be worth 25¢.
  15. bhp3rd

    bhp3rd Die varieties, Gems

    What are you talking about??

    What are you talking about??
  16. Lather

    Lather Time traver Numismatist

    I found a couple roll hunting last week.. Poormans.. I also found this .. A 53 w/ Doubling .. The DD is to the west .. a cool ghost on the 43 too..

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