Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-A132
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS obverse 1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

This is by far the most dramatic doubled-die variety in United States coinage and certainly the most highly sought. It is believed to have occurred during the fall, when a severe shortage of cents drove the Philadelphia Mint to extreme measures that included working 12-hour days. An estimated 24,000 examples were coined, but this figure is merely a reconstruction that can never be proved.

Examples are quite scarce in Mint State, and fully red gems are very rare. The overall poor quality of 1955(P) cents in general certainly contributed to the lack of high grade survivors. Also a factor was the coin hobby's slow reaction to the desirability of this variety, which sold for a very modest premium until about 1960, when it finally took off in a big way.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/7/2013

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1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1075 1275 1500 1600 1750 1750 1700 1800 1950 2185 2300 2500 2700 2950 3750 6880 - - - - -
$ 1800 1900 1975 2150 2400 2540 2750 3100 3500 4700 7400 - - -
1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2500 2700 3100 3600 5500 12000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - 2850 3250 3800 4600 7500 20000 - - -
1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 4250 6500 9900 37000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 5250 7500 13000 43000 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3172
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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10/1/1997 NGC MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 0985, 985/Lot# 1113 $1,296.00
11/4/2004 NGC MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 5609 $4,255.00
6/1/2006 NGC MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408, 408/Lot# 414 $1,897.50
8/23/2007 NGC MS 61   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 171, 177/Lot# 5115 $2,179.25
2/3/2010 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 183 $8,625.00
3/31/2011 NGC AU 50   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 522 $1,444.40
10/14/2012 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/14/2012, 44/Lot# 76805 $1,832.60
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 55   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 685 $1,610.00
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Brown Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1132 $1,782.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15821629176218862009216922542335243425072590264827652916314035945158796083838823928011754
15971673180319272062219722812368245825342609268728152990329141156092810185298975101040
0000002281236824582534260926872815299032914115609281018529897500
0000002308240124822562262827262865306534424636702682428676912700
1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20082063212021772236229623582420248425492615268227973167348241695328958810074105781110013973
2026208221392196225623162378244125052571263727202920327237114555674897501024210752120570
000000237824412505257126372720292032723711455567489750102421075200
000000239924622527259326592758304333773940494181689912104101092600
1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base258726542722279128632935300830833159323733163396347837084499525288241217812757133561397617367
26092676274528152887295930333108318532633342342335543971475064429942123711295613562151060
0000003033310831853263334234233554397147506442994212371129561356200
00000030583133321132893369345036314235500176331106012564131561376900
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Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 9588
Owner: hunter's gold
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 4169
Owner: Albert Huber
 
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