Coin and Paper Money Collecting/2007 missprint


I was going through some pocket change and found a 2007 penny that had no tails side on it I thought someone had sanded it down until i tried on another and it turned silver so i than looked at it under a magnifying glass and noticed a lite imprint of a reverse head on it. so my question is how would this of happened and how much would this be worth?


Without a photo, hard to confirm what you may have. With that said, based on your description of the coin, I'd say it is most likely an altered coin. I'm confused when you say "lite imprint of a reverse head." Is the obverse normal, and the reverse an incused (struck in rather than raised)image of the head? Is it enlarged? What about the lettering and the date?

It might be a brockaged strike, where a struck coin got wedged into the reverse die and became the reverse image of your coin. Depending on condition and strike, retail estimate of $35 to $100.

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If you live close to a local shop, they should offer an opinion as to it's value and if it is authentic at no charge. Always try and get at least two opinions and try and deal with PNG dealers if possible. If you should decide to sell your items to a dealer, remember they will offer about 50% to 60% of the retail value. Here's a link to find one in your area:

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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News

AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

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1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

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