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: 6/25/2015

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1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1150 1375 1550 1650 1775 1875 1900 1950 2175 2500 2650 2900 4150 8500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3300 5500 - - - -
1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 3100 3575 4000 6250 14000 18500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 4400 7900 - - - -
1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 4750 6250 19000 43000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 7500 28750 52500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3306
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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8/16/2015 MS 65  Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1223/Lot# 3274
8/16/2015 MS 65  Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1223/Lot# 3275
8/16/2015 MS 62  Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7207
8/16/2015 AU 58  Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1223/Lot# 3269
8/16/2015 AU 55  Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7205
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Auction Prices Realized

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4/2/2007 NGC MS 63   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Spring Collectors Choice Sale', 137/Lot# 33 $2,760.00
4/2/2008 PCGS AU 58   Brown Teletrade Auction 2511, 2511/Lot# 1023 $1,960.00
2/15/2010 NGC AU 55   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 393 $1,811.25
5/30/2010 PCGS AU 55   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1203 $1,872.00
1/5/2011 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(2), 1151/Lot# 4265 $2,530.00
1/30/2011 NGC MS 64   Brown Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1202 $4,600.00
2/2/2012 PCGS AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(2), 1167/Lot# 3921 $2,018.25
9/1/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/01/2013, 90/Lot# 134916 $1,210.00


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
Base258726542722279128632935300830833159323733163396347837084499525288241217812757133561397617367
26092676274528152887295930333108318532633342342335543971475064429942123711295613562151060
0000003033310831853263334234233554397147506442994212371129561356200
00000030583133321132893369345036314235500176331106012564131561376900
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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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