Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1998 Lincoln Penny


I found a 1998 Lincoln Penny in my pocket change. The front of the coin has part of the what is the back of the coin stamped on the front. You can see the Building and the lettering is backwards. And on the back of the coin you can see some very light print but can tell what it is. But the front you can definitely see the Error if it is an Error. I could not find much on the 1998 Penny besides the Close AM and Far AM. Can you tell if I may have an Error coin. Thank You Robert Powers

die clash
die clash  


From your description, you may have an error, or an altered coin. Altered coins have no added numismatic value. With no photo, hard to say.

Real error possibilities are a die clash, where a unstruck coin (blank) failed to enter the die chamber. The dies came together and impressed their image on the opposite die in reverse of normal. Many die clashes are "fixed" by the die operators, and the dies continue to strike coins after the dies are resurfaced. removing much of the clashed areas. Die clashes are worth a few cents to a few dollars. Extreme clashes may bring up to $25.

Another possibility is a coin struck from a capped die. A struck coin sticks to the obverse die, and the reverse of the struck coin becomes the surface the new blanks receive rather than the die. The image is incused and reversed. These are called brockage strikes. First strikes are very strong, and the reverse image and lettering are close to the same size as a normal coin. The image becomes distorted as the striking of blanks continue. Late stage brockages are very distorted and the image very shallow as the stuck coin becomes thinner through continued striking. Brockage strikes are worth about $25 to $75, depending on stage and condition of coin.

Sometimes you can think you have a real error coin. Here are examples of coins either being altered or damaged.
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You may want to check eBay listings under US coins in the error category to see what these errors are going for. You may also want to check out these links on error coin values:

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. Here's a link to find one in your area:

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Thank You and Good 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.


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

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

Awards and Honors
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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