Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1150 1375 1550 1650 1775 1850 1875 1925 2200 2475 2650 2800 3050 4150 8500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3300 5500 - - - -
1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 2900 3150 3700 4300 5800 14000 18500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 4800 7500 - - - -
1955 DOUBLED DIE OBV 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 4400 6250 16000 45000 65000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 6700 26000 52500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3505
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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11/4/2017 MS 62  Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1261/Lot# 16158
11/4/2017 AU 58  Brown Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1261/Lot# 16155
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Auction Prices Realized

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10/27/1999 NGC MS 62   Brown Teletrade Auction 1228, 1228/Lot# 1116 $1,080.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 963 $2,587.50
8/20/2007 NGC MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 170, 176/Lot# 54 $3,680.00
5/30/2010 PCGS AU 55   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1203 $1,872.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 61   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(2), 1167/Lot# 3923 $2,185.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 61   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 682 $2,012.50
9/15/2013 PCGS MS 63   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/15/2013, 92/Lot# 132232 $2,475.00
4/22/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7320 $1,057.50
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1223/Lot# 3272 $2,820.00
10/25/2015 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131544/Lot# 21623 $1,527.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1955 DOUBLED 1C MS DIE OBV Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1792184320292161223323192345236823852417258527402834291030333506481751095415573462726847
1809190520732185226223282353237423962473263727712859295131913943491452115521591364640
0000002353237423962473263727712859295131913943491452115521591300
0000002360237924062529268828032885299233484380501253135628609300
1955 DOUBLED 1C MS DIE OBV Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2212227223332395245825222588265527232793286429603080332435644080592266166986737080178705
2232229223542416247925442610267827462817289630003161340437364694615367397114758682460
0000002610267827462817289630003161340437364694615367397114758600
0000002633270027702840292830403243348439085308638568637242780100
1955 DOUBLED 1C MS DIE OBV Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24342498256326302697276628372908298130553131320834623601411162489084955110035105371137712266
2455252025852652272027902861293230063080315732933508377148237193924097121020210817116730
000000286129323006308031573293350837714823719392409712102021081700
000000288429573030310631823377355539415536813993959874103701109700
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Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 4080
Owner: Albert Huber
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 4080
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
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