Two Headed - Two Tails coins

Discussion in 'Frequently Asked Questions' started by National dealer, May 29, 2004.

  1. National dealer

    National dealer New Member

    I have a two-headed coin. How much is it worth?


    Well, it’s probably worth $2.95 plus postage. The coin is a "magician’s coin" – a novelty item.
    "You’ll never lose a coin toss with this coin,"
    Someone foolishly, or purposely spent his or her two headed coin and now you have it.


    Such altered items have no numismatic value.
     
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  3. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    While it is true that 99.99999 % of all two-headed or two-tailed are manufactured novelty coins - genuine examples do exist. But they are beyond rare.

    To the best of my knowledge there has been a grand total of 1 two-tailed Washingtom quarter - 1 two-headed Indian Head cent - and I believe 1 dime - though I'm not sure of the series or the side off the top of my head.

    The odds of a collector finding a genuine example of one of these coins are astronomical.
     
  4. jtwax

    jtwax Senior Member

  5. Just Carl

    Just Carl Numismatist

    They sell for a little more than a few dollars lately. There popularity has made them a requested coin at magicians stores. The nickels are about $5 and upward to the half dollar for $25. At least that is the prices at a store near me. One of thier biggest sellers. There is also the hollowed out Cent with a dime on the other side, hollowed out quarter with a nickel on the other side and a few others.
     
  6. Haleiwa

    Haleiwa New Member

    Lots of coin stores sell 'em but they do sell 'em as magician trick coins. The concept of making them is incredible . . . but with today's technology on machining a coin, you never know. There's absolutely no way by looking at it with the naked eye that it's not real.
     
  7. Coinfreak~24

    Coinfreak~24 Active Member

    rare that can go for $1000 or more
     
  8. Coinfreak~24

    Coinfreak~24 Active Member

    oh a magic coin maybe a buck
     
  9. Haleiwa

    Haleiwa New Member

    Especially when you use it to flip coins. :eek: Just don't let your opponent ever see the coin. Lol.
     
  10. snaz

    snaz Registry fever

    Does anyone have a picture of an authenticated one?
     
  11. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    You can find several of them - HERE
     
  12. ewomack

    ewomack Senior Member Supporter

    A 2-headed coin from recent times would be impossible, wouldn't it? Aren't both sides now struck at once? It would take a HUGE error (or an intentional event) to make one.

    Years ago I was at a small coin shop (which sadly closed) and a bedazzled person came in. I was rummaging through some books and he walked up to me and said "do you collect coins?" I said "yeah." Then he showed me a Kennedy half - I don't remember the year. Then he turned it over and exposed a second "heads" side. Not wanting to diffuse him I said "Hm!" and continued rummaging. Thinking he had a great rarity, he berated the shop owner and said "a friend of mine looked at it under a scope and couldn't find anything unusual!" The owner nonchanlantly grabbed it and, within 5 seconds, pointed at the rather obvious seam. Then he said "it's impossible because both sides are struck at once." I kept my distance, but the guy left silently.


    I'm sure every coin shop owner has a story like this.
     
  13. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Guess that depends on what you call recent times. Did you read what is found at the link I posted ?
     
  14. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    That's how coins have always been made. How could you strike only one side of a coin? (One side could be blank but it would still be struck - as a blank.)

    Currency, on the other hand, is printed one side at a time (if I remember correctly).
     
  15. Paawpaaw

    Paawpaaw Junior Member

    I have a 2 headed Morgan Dollar. My grandfather got it around 1945. It was made by a person in prison. He split the coins in halve and somehow got them back to gether. The reeded edges match perfectly and you can only see a dark center ring along the edge.
     
  16. sjann

    sjann New Member

    :hatch:has anyone got any information on a 1943 lincoln penny?how about a lincoln penny with two heads on the front?
     
  17. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    Welcome to CT.

    1943 Lincoln Cents were made of steel coated with zinc. Some bronze '43 cents are known and are worth 5 figures (if genuine).

    What is the second head on your Lincoln Cent? Is it Kennedy?
     
  18. sjann

    sjann New Member

    :hatch:yes,it has kennedy's head!
     
  19. snaz

    snaz Registry fever

    Good call Hobo, LOL.
    It is post mint damage, these are novelty items from the 70's I believe they were used on business cards and such. Worth a little bit.. ( under 5 dollars) if it's still attached to the card. But this has no REAL numismatic value.
     
  20. sjann

    sjann New Member

    does anyone know if this was in a set? how many were made, and why were they made? was it some kind of private set? been searching some time for this information,and would like some history on this coin? it is a lincoln penny with kennedy's head beside it on the front. the back looks like a regular penny! any and all information would be appericiated!does anyone know if the 1943 penny is rare or valuable? need information on this penny,what should someone look for! I have hear this is a vauable 1943 penny! is this true?:desk:which one's are valuable?
     
  21. snaz

    snaz Registry fever

    UMMMMMM Here, this might help:

    And the 1943 cents are only valuable if they are copper.. or an extremley high grade steel.
     
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