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: 8/28/2015

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1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1150 1375 1550 1650 1775 1850 1875 1925 2200 2650 2800 3050 4150 8500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3300 5500 - - - -
1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 3150 3700 4300 5800 14000 18500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 4800 7500 - - - -
1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 4400 5900 16000 43000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 6500 26000 52500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3323
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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9/20/2015 MS 62  Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1224/Lot# 3203
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Auction Prices Realized

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6/28/1999 NGC MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 1180, 1180/Lot# 1102 $1,458.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 425 $7,762.50
5/30/2010 PCGS AU 55   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1203 $1,872.00
8/11/2011 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(1), 1158/Lot# 3207 $2,070.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4041 $12,937.50
7/11/2013 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1187/Lot# 3892 $3,290.00
12/15/2013 PCGS MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 782, 791/Lot# 128 $5,001.00
3/21/2014 PCGS MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1198/Lot# 10091 $1,997.50
6/1/2014 NGC AU 58   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 121177 $1,485.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1792184320292161223323192323238524172464261426992781283429853506481751095415573462728183
1809190520732185226223202344239624332514264227262799288431593943491452115521591369090
0000002344239624332514264227262799288431593943491452115521591300
0000002364240624482564267127542816293533324380501253135628609300
1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22122272233323952458252225882655272327932864293630573270344742175922661669867370801710295
2232229223542416247925442610267827462817288829763128332937044785615367397114758687760
0000002610267827462817288829763128332937044785615367397114758600
0000002633270027702840291230173199338839605354638568637242780100
1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24342498256326302697276628372908298130553131320834623730421766859084955110035105371137714305
2455252025852652272027902861293230063080315732933551389250407485924097121020210817123530
000000286129323006308031573293355138925040748592409712102021081700
000000288429573030310631823377364140555862828493959874103701109700
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Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 4217
Owner: Albert Huber
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 4217
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
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