Coin and Paper Money Collecting/55 penny



Hello, I found this coin which is a 1955 penny, circulated condition, on back it has extra on the left leaf and very fine line on the bottom of right leaf. The front appears to be normal. I am a great fan of yours, you have answered a lot of questions for me. I am greatly thankful for your opinions. I do ask another favor, I have went to my local shop and they (Treasure Hunt)or no one else in the area grade coins, check for errors or send them. Is there a website that you know of for this.
Thank You Again, April


You have a coin with a reverse die break. Quite normal for the date. Lots of coins in the 50's had minor errors like this. Not worth much over face value. It is the result of an over used die, where the deterioration began, and the die breaks would grow in length and depth over time. These are interesting to collect, because they cause you to understand part of the preparation of coin manufacture.

Minor errors are too numerous to catalog them all, although some have tried. Very few command a large premium over face value. There are several sites where you can go for added information on errors. CONECA allows both members and non-members to get coin identifications and classifications for a fee. See: Yahoo offers an error collector forum, see:

Hope this helps. Best of luck in your collecting.

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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.


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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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