Wheat Penny Errors


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Wheat penny errors have created some of the most valuable coins in the history of the Lincoln Cent. Very rare to come by these days, flawed pennies are highly sought after by avid coin collectors. The fascination with wheat penny errors is nothing new - some of these coins almost immediately began disappearing out of circulation after being released to the public due to hoarding by collectors.

The most common wheat penny errors seen were typically caused by a build up of dirt and grease in the die that resulted in the image being only weakly or partially imprinted on the coin. Because normal use of a coin tends to wear down the image, only non-circulated coins with errors are considered valuable. This creates a rarity of authentic wheat penny errors, which makes them very desirable to coin collectors.

1948-S Lincoln Wheat Cent Roll 50 Including 22+ RPM's & 2 Doubled Eyelid Errors
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1934 Lincoln Wheat Cent Planchet Error
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US Coin 1909 VDB Doubled Die Obverse #2 Lincoln Wheat Cent Wood Grain Reverse
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1956 Lincoln Wheat Penny BIE Error "We Combine Shipping" #17-412
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1955-P VF+/XF Lincoln Wheat *Major Cracked Skull* Cent Die Crack Error Coin
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1936/1936 P LINCOLN WHEAT PENNY,CENT,DDO-1 (DOUBLE DIE, DOUBLED DIE) AZ-588
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1936/1936 P LINCOLN WHEAT PENNY,CENT,DDO-1 (DOUBLE DIE, DOUBLED DIE) AZ-589
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Among the several types of wheat penny errors, there are two that are the most valuable and rare. The first of these to show up was a number of pennies minted in Denver in 1922 with no mint mark on them due to errors with the die. The Denver mint normally printed a "D" just under the date on their coins. However, in 1922 the "D" showed up very little on some and on others not at all. Uncirculated, one of these pennies with no mint mark is today among the most valuable of varieties of the Lincoln Cent.

Another rare, and the most well-known, wheat penny error was the 1955 Doubled Die Error. The die used to mint these pennies was accidentally imprinted twice, the second just off the mark from the first. The effect was that the lettering and date on the front side of the coin appeared as a double image. There were approximately 20,000 of these coins minted in one night before the error was noticed. Despite the flaw, the U.S. Mint decided to release the pennies anyway in hopes that the public would not notice. As a matter of fact, they were largely noticed, and this created another massive hoarding of pennies. A 1955 Doubled Die Error wheat penny is today considered a must-have by serious Lincoln Penny collectors.

Both interesting and desirable, authentic wheat penny errors are scarce and valuable. They have been a long-time source of fascination to coin lovers, and will no doubt continue to be even more so in the future.