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Can you help me with this coin?  It is a wheat penny with the head and tail stamped on the same side of the coin. The wheat impression is more clear than the Lincoln head.  Also, if you are looking at the "back" of the coin with the ONE CENT, etc., on it, the Lincoln head is upside down, as if it was being pushed through the coin from the other side.  

Any information will be of great help .. thanks !  I tried to take a picture of it with my phone, but I can't get a clear picture of it.  If you do end up responding to this note and need a pic of it, then I will do what I can to get one to you.

Thanks in advance !!

wheat cent error
wheat cent error  

With no photo, hard to say for sure, but there's a good chance you have a "man-made error" accomplished by squeezing two coins together in a vise. The "error" should be a little out of round. This would be considered an altered coin, and have no added numismatic value. You don't say if the wheat impression is reversed and struck into (incused) the coin. Is one side of your coin normal?

Sometimes you can think you have a real error coin. Here are examples of coins either being altered or damaged.
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The real possibilities would be a blank cent planchet being struck by a capped diem where a previously struck cent failed to eject and became stuck on the upper die, with the reverse of the coin striking the blank rather than the die. This is a relatively scarce error, more so on wheat cents, and could be worth up to $100 or more, depending on condition and strike.

You may want to check eBay listings under US coins in the error category to see what regular 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

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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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